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My self-summary
I am a creative, open-minded and kind person, who feels a kinship with those that question the meaning of life and how best to live their life.
I'm emotionally mature and grounded, yet also playful with a penchant for adventure.
As a humble person (too humble I'm told), it's challenging to summarize myself here.
I am an urban type who also loves to be in nature.
Hiking and over-nighting on the Appalachian trail and going to a cultural event are of equal interest and importance to me.
The company that joins me on such outings is the most important aspect. To that end, I am here looking for kindred spirits to share in life's wonders.
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching art (in as much as one can "teach" Art), raising my beautiful son, spending time as a family with my son, my man, and extended family too. I so much enjoy time with friends, both friends with kids and those without. I am trying to find more time for my studio art, and beginning a new venture as an illustrator. However, the reality is that I spend too much time at the sink doing dishes.
I’m really good at
Making oatmeal, pancakes and capuccino in the morning and savory tagine in the evening. (I like to cook!)
Making drawings from life and my imagination. (Currently working hard to augment my figure drawing abilities)
Visual problem-solving. Understanding Art with my heart and my head.
Keeping secrets - this is important and unique about me. I have
found over the years that most people, not matter how well-
intentioned and kind, cannot contain that which should be kept
private. Despite their best intentions, they leak information. I
know how to stay contained.
The first things people usually notice about me
My thick, curly locks.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
(Why does this question make me freeze up the same way I used to when in a video rental store. My wish list was always long, until I walked in the door....Remember those days?)

I enjoy reading. Some favorites are: All of Barbara Kingsolver, James Baldwin and Melville, just to cite a few.
I'm interested in children's literature as well: Dr. Seuss was a genius.
Some of my new favorites are Sean Tan and Brian Selznik, who exhibit such creative freedom, panache and skill.

I read a mixture of fiction and non-fiction.
Recently finished "The Secret Life of Lobsters" which was fascinating. (Yes, I still eat those curious creatures from time to time.)
Another recent read was Thich Nhat Han's book "Coming Home" on relationship between Zen and Christianity.
At the moment, Orhan Pamuk has my attention. (Read "Snow' and taking too long to finish "My Name is Red.")

I enjoy listening to: music from around the globe, and podcasts (RadioLab, This American Life...who doesn't love these?) I have a soft spot for female vocalists (Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLaughlin, Mazy Star, Adele)

As for culinary pursuits:
I appreciate cuisines from all around the globe.
I love to cook tagines, paella, and soups.
We harvest much of what we eat, from the veggies to the meat!
Six things I could never do without
I am thinking about this question seriously. The reality is that some of us could without the things that we consider essential in our lives. So, I am not going to put down chocolate, good red wine, or my new Nook. Here is my attempt a deeper answer.

-a clear conscience
-moments of quiet
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Our faltering democracy and red/blue divide.
How I am going to carve out time for creative pursuits
My son
On a typical Friday night I am
I am not one for having a set routine (although having a young child has foisted some of that upon me) so Friday nights are not typical. I might be driving out of town with my family, home cooking a nice meal, or having dinner with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Hmmm...if I write it here it is not too private.
You should message me if
You are sincere, intelligent, cultured, and kind.
The two of us