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My self-summary
What I’m doing with my life
Working two part time jobs, part-time unschooling my 11-yr-old daughter, researching obscure things that fascinate me, hanging out.
I’m really good at
I'm good at proofreading and editing--but I'm a descriptivist, not a prescriptivist, when it comes to grammar.

I love to learn, and have recently realized that research is possibly my true calling.

I try to think "outside the box" to use a cliche where I should be able to think of a better way to say it.

Seeing situations from many points of view.

Thanks to my permaculture training, I see possibilities instead of obstacles. Re-imagining life.

And, not spending much money. I'd rather have time than money.
The first things people usually notice about me
Aside from obvious physical traits... I don't talk much. I've been told I have "a calming effect."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
what, only one blank for four categories?!

Non-fiction: Tao Te Ching, Permaculture: A Designer's Manual by Bill Mollison, David Holmgren's Permaculture book, TAZ and others by Hakim Bey, a few by Ken Wilber, Robert Anton Wilson.

Fiction: VALIS and others by Philip K. Dick, Ishmael and others by Daniel Quinn. Since I was a child I've been a fan of Daniel Pinkwater.

Calvin and Hobbes

movies: Brazil, Buckaroo Banzai, Donnie Darko, Monty Python, Mystery Men, Star Wars episodes IV-VI, The Princess Bride.

music: I stopped listening to the radio years ago, except for select shows on WQNA 88.3. Otherwise, I'm into: Cheb i Sabbah, Bonobo, Dead Can Dance, Radiohead, Portishead, dub, Beatles, Shpongle, Buena Vista Social Club, early Beck, the Orb. Recently a friend introduced me to some good drum-n-bass, especially Big Bud. My favorite CD of all time is Passion: Music for the Last Temptation of Christ by Peter Gabriel. It's deeply imprinted on me.

food: I'll eat just about anything I'm presented with, as long as it's really food, and not something too weird like live octopus tentacles. I have a couple favorite restaurants here in Springfield. As far as ethnic, I've never tried anything I didn't like. If pressed, I'll say my favorite food is pizza. Also, I like strong flavors: garlic, dark chocolate, strong dark-roasted coffee. Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir, kim chee, kombucha, and more, are yummy and nutrition-enhanced.

TV: I haven't had one in about ten years. But I must admit, one show has worked its way into my heart: Phineas and Ferb. Someone got me through the first 3 seasons of LOST. And more recently I've been enjoying the good, dumb fun of Trailer Park Boys.
Six things I could never do without
bike, library, notebook, music, friends, downtime.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
permaculture, sustainability; just how messed up is America/industrial civilization, and what do we do with these ridiculous circumstances we find ourselves in? Fnord. And how to make a buck, just to eat and pay the rent, without suffocating my soul. How to transform the city into a garden.

Paradise apocalypse--unpacking meanings from that phrase has been fun.

Psychology; spirituality; religion; altered states of consciousness. God/Spirit/the Divine and the pure awareness at the heart of each of us.

Chaos. Wabi-sabi (not to be confused with wasabi). The Tao.

OK, I just spend a lot of time thinking.
On a typical Friday night I am
cranking up the dub show on the radio, chillaxin', hanging out at home.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Sometimes I just eat a spoonful of mayonnaise. It has to be REAL mayonnaise, though--Miracle WhipTM just isn't the same.
You should message me if
Anything I've said here interests you or if you may be a kindred spirit. ESPECIALLY if you actually live in Springfield, Illinois.
The two of us