Dinesen
39 Brooklyn, United States
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My self-summary
I've taught high school for ten years, and I'm still alive. Actually, despite how awful everything is in education now, I still like it.

Also I am a writer, this is my blog. lizofoz.com ...I've written a lot more and much better, if you want to check it out.

Art is my main religion, although I'm interested in all kinds of religious practices. I'm Episcopalian: traditional service, super liberal otherwise.

I love musicals, some operas, and paintings, I love paintings.

I always wanted to live in New York, and it only took me 20 years and three tries to make it stick. I love it more all the time.

If you can't laugh about money and death and religion, what can you laugh at?

I'm always writing and making stuff. I've been published some.

My favorite places in the world are Lawrence, Kansas, New York City, Disney World, and New Orleans.

I've done the big cities of Europe, a little of the Middle East.
I'd like to see Kenya, Istanbul, Egypt, and Vienna. But since I moved to NYC, the only place I travel is back to Kansas City to see my family and friends.
What I’m doing with my life
Writing, sending out work, teaching city high kids and alternately loving them and having them drive me insane.

Reading, meditating, watching documentaries and great TV shows, talking politics and religion and art, seeing art, going to the theater, singing along at the piano bar.

Learning from the people who drive me crazy (ideally).

Sleeping in. Drinking coffee and tipping my barista.
I’m really good at
Writing.

Accepting people, especially creative people, and talking them through the neurotic and scary art-making process.

Dancing like I don't care what anyone thinks. I don't.

Living well on not much money.

Raving about my love for FDR, while keeping my Republican friends.

Accepting the insanity and giddiness of teenagers.

Sweeping up the dead mouse my cat killed and shrugging it off. She's really good at her job.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I eat plenty but I am still skinny. I don't know why my ancestors survived.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Shakespeare and the Bible, Natalie Goldberg, Annie Dillard, Madeleine L'Engle, Kathleen Norris, Anne Lamott, John Irving, Vendela Vida, Vonnegut, Simone de Beauvoir. I've read most of The Classics, and liked most of them. I read a lot of memoirs.

A representative sample: The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Cee Lo Green, Radiohead, Mozart operas.

I love pasta, red wine, good bread, and good coffee: perfect.

I'm a vegetarian, but I'm not an asshole about it.

More representative stuff: 30 Rock. West Wing. The Wire. Mad Men.
Out of Africa. Back to the Future. The Jerk. Moonstruck.
Into the Woods. South Pacific. The Tempest. The Magic Flute.
The six things I could never do without
Books, furry pets, trees, churches, art museums, chocolate.

I'd prefer not to go without red wine, either. Why would you?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Education, writing, art, painting, American history, memoirs, religion, ethics, language, politics, race, class, stories, and, lest I become too heady: what shall I wear?
On a typical Friday night I am
At happy hour with fellow teachers, laughing away the annoyances of the week. Seeing art.

Occasionally I am exhausted, watching TV and falling asleep very unglamorously.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When my family sings "Happy Birthday" in a restaurant, sometimes people applaud. And we're not really embarrassed.

I had a panic attack on an airplane years ago, which was a huge surprise. It made me much more compassionate. And I like to talk about it, since people often feel relieved and share their own story of something that embarrasses them, and we all feel more relaxed. Now I fly drugged, it's great, really, I think they should drug everyone.
You should message me if
You might in any way remind me of Elvis Costello or Josh from "West Wing."
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