Now I'm here.
I grew up in the mountains of Colorado and the big sky, high desert of New Mexico and learned to love wildness in all things. Oddly, I've found myself in this city which inspires and humbles me much like the wilderness from whence I came.
A certain sector of my friends and family can't believe I'm here (these people are driving my Subaru and skinning up the backcountry on my skis and riding my almost-vintage steel frame road bike while I can not) and yet another sector (the late night BK intelligentsia that keeps me paying such high rent) can't imagine me outside of the city.
I seek it out -- that wildness -- not in careless abandon, but in the everyday. I like the unusual. The quirky. Little moments of the sacred in a good cup of coffee or the odd Latin beat in the East Village. I get it where I can find it.
I used to find it there.
Now I find it here.
I sling copy for various companies/agencies in need of language for their product or idea, in order to afford a non-fiction writing habit to describe mine. I also teach Pilates, yoga and other modalities, specializing in pain management and recovery. In both roles I feel like something of a problem-solving storyteller -- swinging between the big picture and the minute details.
I have both the writer's and anatomist's faith that by pulling back the veil and peering closely, a person can make sense of what is most confusing or strange or painful. On a good day, that is. On the others it's all about hustle.
I am doing this with my life: WORDS and BODIES.
When I'm not zoned out to the Hamilton soundtrack, I find Rockwellian comfort in Bill Monroe, early Johnny Cash, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Ryan Adams. Getting to know the new Radiohead album has been a damn fine treat. Live music is my downfall/upgrade and thankfully many of my friends are heady jazz musicians so I get a regular dose of that. Without music I'd be insane.
My mom is a film critic so I think of movie theatres a chapels of sorts...I can hit restart on the Human Condition with a bag of popcorn and a tasty trailer, though for some odd reason I haven't been to a movie theatre in months.
Film I love: Being There, The Triplets of Belville, The Sting, Strangers on a Train, Life is Beautiful, Waking Life, Amelie, B'fast at Tiffany's, Ben Hur...
Movies I love: Real Genius, Fletch, Major League, Tootsie, Waiting for Guffman (and the others), anything BOURNE, Mr. Mom, Freaky Friday, The Double McGuffin, Strange Brew...
***i have never seen Casablanca
A sense of humor (provided this is a THING)
music in some form
(the promise of) company
some kind of nut butter
Environmental policy and the possibility of global solutions to global problems and personal solutions to personal problems.
If it's too late to go to medical school.
The rhyme scheme of a sestina.
How to be a reliable friend, daughter, sister, aunt, etc. without a private jet.
Surfing: how, where, with whom, when, and what to listen to after.
I also think about the mountains. A lot. Skiing in them. Running in them. Taking pictures of them...
Live music is always a good bet.
Teaching/taking some kind of bendy class.
Stuck in traffic getting out of this city.
Also if you love love love this city but need to leave it from time to time.
Also if you're not afraid to get dirty and explore or just pack up and move to a little town on the Hudson.