32 Ann Arbor, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a college lecturer, ESL consultant, and writer with a penchant for local food. I’ve been to Hollywood, I’ve been to Redwood, and I’m very excited to be back in Ann Arbor.
What I’m doing with my life
Following four years entrenched in the Los Angeles film industry, one takes great pleasure in writing screenplays underneath a real tree. I currently teach college courses in English and film studies, coach 50+ private ESL clients, and often abuse the Oxford comma. I am deeply passionate about ESL teaching, as it allows me to meet people from all walks of life and help them find their voices in the language that I love. In the summertime, I also operate a small organic farm just north of the Huron River, which provides the fine balance of physical and intellectual work. In life, we often miss opportunities to explore, build connections and appreciate the complex order of nature. Vegetables are also good. Darn good.
I’m really good at
Discovering others’ perspectives and reflecting on them.

Collaborating creatively or acting as a sounding board.

Tripping over irrigation hoses.
The first things people usually notice about me
People sometimes say I look like Tom Cruise. Even people in the Paramount lunch line, who probably know Tom Cruise.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Since my ear appreciates lyrics, I gravitate toward the classic singer-songwriters. Crosby, Stills & Nash. Neil Young. James Taylor. Jackson Browne. The Moody Blues. CCR. Gordon Lightfoot. Procul Harum. Simon and Garfunkel.

Ernest Hemingway: a man who wrote what he felt, when he felt anything at all.
John Kennedy Toole: there is only one Ignatious J. Reilly. The world can’t handle two.
Randy Wayne White: his protagonist fights international espionage with the help of scientific theory, archeological mysticism and the beauty of Old Florida.
David Quammen: a sterling voice for conservation, adventure travel and, at times, misanthropy.

The visual art of watercolor painter Walton Ford. He warps the strokes of John James Audubon into acerbic commentary on colonialism and environmental chaos.

Anything directed by the Coens: O Brother, Where Art Thou, The Big Lebowski and, more recently, their irreverent rendition of True Grit. I also have a soft spot for 1940s film noir, period pieces and nature documentaries.
The six things I could never do without
A project. Whether writing, forging new ventures or building things with my hands – if it moves my mind, it’s fair game.

Water. Lakes, rivers and those miraculous little creeks only the adventurous get to see. The next project will involve building a wooden rowboat for the Huron River.

Clutch pedal. Automatic transmissions are devious.

Fresh, organic food. If you’re jonesing for a kale fix, the first sample is free.

My smartphone. Even though it’s been drenched, stepped on and probably composted.

Entrepreneurialism. Necessity is the mother of invention.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Driving to the tip of Argentina. Riding horses. The meaning of life. Why goats and octopi eerily share the same eyes.
On a typical Friday night I am
Writing. If I’m not writing, I’m taking in a glass of wine at a quiet cafe where all the best things on the menu have French names.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The best childhood pet I ever had was a goat named Minnie.
You should message me if
You’re at home in nature and prefer being there in any weather. Bonus points if you love the rain and fall asleep listening to Bob Ross.

You view life as an opportunity to connect, create and discover.

You’re pursuing a creative field and stalwartly refuse to compromise your artistic integrity. Or you’ve dedicated your life to some sort of fulfilling, meaningful cause.