I'm fortunate. I'm close to my family, and we're all still here, healthy and hopeful and interested in each other--with some dysfunction thrown in for good measure. I like nice things, like everyone else, but I'm a teacher. No materialist here. I'd much sooner spend my money on food or travel, not stuff. (Well, maybe the occasional clothing item.) Kids, being silly, discussing politics, soft animals, books, plays, hiking, reading/writing, and dancing…well, there are a lot of things I love and things waiting to be loved, I'm sure.
Basically, what I am doing with my life is teaching, learning, creating. If you meet me, and we hit it off, you'll see how passionate I am. It's a fuel. Feeling humbled and vulnerable, too, remind me that I'm a work in progress, and I'd like to spend my precious time with someone who feels the same. This person doesn't have to love his job, but he does need something to get excited about, whether it's dust balls, fixing things, singing karaoke, or volunteering. Since I used to be an actor, I still cling to that conceit that "all the world's a stage," but I give myself a little more credit than Shakespeare once did for my role in it.
adjusting to changes
straying from recipes
Ted talks, NPR
Music: everything from Andrew Bird, to Ella Fitzgerald, to Jack White, to Hank Williams.
Dostoevsky, Zadie Smith, Wallace Stegner, Flannery O'Connor, Elizabeth Bowen, Michael Cunningham, Italo Calvino, Ian McEwan, Faulkner, Dickens, and Shakespeare, and on.
"Breaking Bad," "The Wire," "South Park," "True Detective," J.J. Abrams. PBS. I do have slumming moments when I'll watch anything that is a crime or detective series.
Coens, Hitchcock, Preminger, Almodovar...to start."American Beauty"; "Election," "Memento," "Donnie Darko," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Field of Dreams," "Amadeus"; "Mulholland Drive"; "The Best Years of our Lives."
Old movies --especially from the 70's, 30's and 40's-- I'm always interested in seeing ones I missed because I happened to born in the wrong decade.
Something I just listened to on NPR
Some question I won't ever have an answer to
The people in my life
What to eat and how to get it