Benji108
42Grand Rapids, United States
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My self-summary
Currently teaching 3-5yos at a GRPS campus. I think I want to be a father. Apparently, I am a natural at parenting.

Jack of many trades. Ace of at least two or three.

Artist. Author. Ex-monk. Linguist. Traveler. Philosopher. Teacher. Scholar. Historian. Hermeneut. Ambivert. Carpenter. Flexitarian.

Hannibal. Fayetteville. Petoskey. Grand Rapids. Grand Haven. Jackson. Louiseville. New Orleans. Austin. Wheeling. Chicago. Miami. Los Angeles. San Francisco. San Diego. Santa Barbara. Philidelpia. Delhi. Kolkata. Gainesville. Boston. NYC. Mumbai. Kathmandu. Bhaktapur. Vrindavan. Charlottesville. D.C.. Budapest. Oxford.

Finally back in Grand Rapids.

I'm happygolucky, well into my projects. If I come across a word I don't know, I'll look it up. I'm terribly curious like that. I have one cat, named Hobbes, but I'm not a Calvinist. Extra points if you got that joke. I tend to go for life-long projects and such that take 5 to ten years to complete. I tell a lot of stories, but I love to listen to other people's stories. What's yours?
What I’m doing with my life
I went up to the mountaintops,
Traveled o'er land and air and sea,
Looking for leashes to master the mind,
To learn it how to be.

I found some answers in dusty old books,
I found some in sunken eyes,
I found new questions in second looks,
When I then heard all their replies.

And now my life is half and half,
And new ways I now see.
For thought is thinking deeply now,
And art still wants to be.

I make my trade in arts and thoughts,
By telling what I've seen,
Appreciating the little time,
Though long I've had chance to be.

What I hold within this world,
And what yet lies beyond,
Is but a way of wandering,
'Bout shores past yonder pond.

So If you wish to meet me there,
Or meet me over here,
I'll be sitting on a stool in the town's old square,
Sipping a pint of cheer.
I’m really good at
*Understanding obscure problems that color the peripheral corners of the mind's eye
*Boiling complexity down into sensible, practical solutions,
*Producing professional graphic designs and fine arts
*Cooking good food
*Thinking in 4D
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Laughable Loves, a Room With a View, Totality and Infinity, The Silmarillion, The Artful Universe, Slaughterhouse 5, India and Europe, The Red Book, The Guide, Saṃskāra, Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Metaphysics, Wheelock's Latin, Songs of Longing, Vyāsadeva's Jaya-saṃhitā, Mahābhārata, Rāmāyana, Aesop's Fables, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Sein und Zeit, 1827 Lectures on the philosophy of religion, art books of almost any sort...

Movies: Life of Pi, Trainspotting, Casino Royale, Chronicle, Watchmen, Prometheus, Bladerunner, Alien, Avatar, Moulin Rouge, Thor, Iron Man, The Dark Night, Batman Begins, Spiderman, Star Trek, Defendor, Schindler's List, The Lower Depths (Les Bas-Fonds), Emelie, Juno, Pirates of the Caribbean (the whole series), Superbad, Babel, Sherlock Holmes (w/ Downey, Jr. et al), Gataka, Powaqqatsi, etc., etc., etc.

TV-wise (for the most part, I stream): Westworld, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Lost, Sopranos, Scrubs, Key & Peele, John Oliver, Trevor Noah, John Stewart, Steven Colbert, Vice, Agents of Shield.

Music: Leonard Cohen, Bowerbirds, Dirty Projectors, Radiohead, Andrew Bird, Eliot Smith, Band of Horses, J.S. Bach, Handel, Albinoni, Chopan, George Harrison, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Bee-Gees, ELO, Snow Patrol, Mumford & Sons, Ratatat, Beck, Primus, Nirvana, Jackie Deshannon, The Jim Carroll Band, Florence & the Machine, Ministry, Soundgarden, Angus & Julia Stone, Glen Hansard and Arketa Irglova, LMFAO, Dubstep, Elliot Moss and on and on...

Food: Gourmet, anything made with Curd (but specifically, Palak Paneer), simple, steamed veggies with a bit of salt and butter, sometimes with some more spice thrown in, Revolutionary Soup, Lemon Grass, Fruits, Organic, non-GMO, Naked Juice, Mangoes, Avacadoes (I have a secret recipe I'd like to share with you in this regard; just ask me for it), California salads (ex., baby spinach, mandarin orange segments, dried cranberries, crushed tortilla chips, sundried tomatoes, almond slivers, feta cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette; if you don't believe me, try it for yourself), Kambucha, Stouts, IPAs, Single-malts, Oh, and regardless of gender, chocolate is good for the soul.

This is just a short list. There is much, much more in this world to be enjoyed.
Six things I could never do without
-Time for talking with Old Friends
-Time for walking in nature, both wild and cared for
-Time for making art (this includes writing and illustrating my first full length graphic novel)
-Time for cooking hearty, delicious foods
+(It's still healthy to throw a shot of rum in your smoothie, as long as it has real cherries)
-Time for enjoying the Wit/Humor/Irony of intelligent political commentary
-a timely Routine, which includes both a Packed Schedule and time for doing nothing at all.
-time to repair through Yoga/Exercise
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The basic human experience of Time, and the art of relating that to the history of human conflicts and resolutions.
On a typical Friday night I am
Socializing, attending a public event, or relaxing at home.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I really have no idea what to put here. Not sure the web is the best place to spill private details. Also, if I'm willing to admit something that I regard as private on the Internet (of all places), doesn't that make it not private?
You should message me if
You think you need to spend time with someone in person to really get to know them.

You prize patience over passion, and passion over lethargy. At the very least, the last part.

You'd like to show off your amazing conversational skills. You are sapiosexual.

You are a freak, geek, or nerd (and of course, an artist). I'm a big fan.
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