Last summer I enjoyed a third trip to China. They weren’t all enjoyable. The second was equally awe-inspiring and disappointing. Still, I have wonderful colleagues in Anhui Province, and there’s so much to learn about their rapidly changing world that it's worth the time and effort. This past summer I got to visit two villages and two different yet amazing temples.
I have also spent significant time in Ukraine. In fact it’s time for me to return. Kiev is calling. I miss some amazing, hard to describe things about Ukrainian life.
Back in the US, I work at a state university. Where I profess to some amazing students. Hell, I'll profess to anybody.
I had some interesting musician parents and was raised on a diet of jazz, choral, folk, and a bunch of stuff I didn't want to listen to at the time, musical vegetables so to speak. My tastes are not quite "popular".
I liked the question, "Can anything be funny?" Remember Monty Python lampooning the Spanish Inquisition? Okay, so that one took a few centuries, but with enough time anything can be funny. I’m still waiting for the tea-party to be funny - no signs yet.
Who am I seeking? Someone kind, open, and respectful of her world. It turns out I can be cynical. I don’t want to be, and I could use some balance. You might still be figuring out your place in the world - or questioning whether there is such a thing. You find beauty in imperfection, in people and in unscripted moments. We might like each other, which is a good place to start.
I hope that the coming years are defined by making a positive difference. I hope to write and love fearlessly. Purposeful travel has been a recurring theme, and cultural immersion, but I have my own house now, and I'd like to make time to enjoy it. When I'm at a ball park I relish the bratwurst.
- finding misplaced joy in others
- failing in the kitchen
- succeeding in the kitchen
- doing my laundry (folding it - not as much)
Movies: I just watched the documentary "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" about a 'failed' housing project in St. Louis. My favorite foreign film is "Cinema Paradiso". Anything Judd Apatow does makes me laugh. I recently gave "Albatross" a bunch of stars. My secret shame: each December my favorite movie is "Love Actually". Each summer I think my favorite movie of all times is "Bull Durham". Apparently my favorites are seasonal.
Music: Music is a human need, like food, sex, and sleep. I was raised by musicians, and when I was in college I worked in a music store. Today I will listen to almost anything. I LOVE being introduced to new music. Just put it in and press "play". In the past few years I've enjoyed Drive-by Truckers, The Limeliters, Lake Street Drive, and the Philadelphia Philharmonic.
Food: I love food. Street food in China is amazing. Well, almost all food in China is amazing. I have learned from experience to respect my reservations though and will no longer eat "anything". I'm still cringing at my mistakes.
Shows: Are these live shows and theater or shows that I watch on TV? I don't get cable anymore, but the ability to stream to my television has me watching some interesting series, documentaries, and more off radar films. Live shows need more space than I have on this site, and I wonder if anyone is still reading.
- My passport
- Places and people to explore (both literal and metaphoric)
- Comfy cable-knits
- Me time
- We time