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.) Good stories, 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.
Once I warm up, you'll see how passionate I am. As an English major, I always cared about literature. Ask me about human evolution, a topic that I had little interest in six years ago. Now that I teach history, I can't stop looking at everything through the lens of ancient history. That's why teaching is the best career for me, pushing me both to learn the facts and what they mean, as well as forcing me to examine how my own cultural lens affects my perspective. It probably goes without saying that children mean a lot to me. I'm convinced they keep me young by keeping me on my toes. They're pretty fascinating to watch as social creatures, too.
Basically, what I am doing with my life is teaching, learning, creating. Because I like to try new things, I can stay in my comfort zone, but also need people around me who have varied interests, who motivate me to try new things. Each day I'm reminded how humbling life is (which is not a bad thing) and being a work-in-progress, being with someone who feels the same, matters to me. 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 like crime fiction, TV style. Slightly picky there.
Coens, Hitchcock, Preminger, Almodovar...to start."American Beauty"; "Election," "Memento," "Wild Tales,""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