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My self-summary
Once, I imagined that I was more shy and reserved, but I've come to find that I'm much more outgoing than I previously thought... I suppose that much of this has come about since I discovered how much I like teaching. I'm a natural explorer and an explorer of nature. I love figuring things out, and wondering about the things we can never know. I love sharing that sense of wonder with students and people I love, and I love learning from them in return. I tend to follow my heart, and it doesn't always lead me in the most direct path. As a result, my life has taken me from the East Coast to Australia and California, and around the world. When I'm not teaching or writing, you'll find me spending time with friends, taking walks with my bird and my dog, making music, looking at the stars, or leading trips to Latin America.

I am curious, adventurous, and funny
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a college professor, and I get to teach all of the different subjects in the field of anthropology, ranging from evolutionary biology and the fossil record, to archaeology, ancient history, living cultures, and their languages. I've been in Davis for eight years now and I enjoy it, but I'm currently hoping to find a more secure position as a teacher where I can dig my roots in and feel most useful. My specialization is in the astronomy and mythology of the ancient Maya, which sounds pretty esoteric, and I suppose it is. But I find that it is endlessly fascinating, and it is a good excuse to get people outside to look at the stars, and to learn about the way ancient cultures all over the world have thought of the cosmos, the natural world, and the role of humanity. Joseph Campbell has been a huge influence on me, and I must have taken his suggestions to heart. I follow my bliss, even when that sometimes seems like not the most profitable or sensible direction. It isn't. I've made mistakes, and I'm certain to make some more. But hopefully I will always keep learning, finding patience and compassion and keeping my heart open through it all.
I’m really good at
I'm good at finding the connections between a wide range of very different things, learning about things and communicating that to others in an enthusiastic and clear way. I'm good at communicating with animals too, but the plants in my garden would tell you that I need to pay more attention to them... I like making my friends laugh a lot. I'm good at imitations and using my voice to make silly noises, or to sing to express my feelings. I play unusual instruments like the didjeridoo, and I'm learning the Uillean pipes. I like to perform onstage every once in a while. I'm good at reading people, and helping to diffuse conflict. I'm a good conversationalist, and a good analyzer, and friends tend to seek out my objective opinions about things. I give a great starshow with my green laser, and I make delicious Peruvian ceviche, Vietnamese spring-rolls, and chocolate truffles.
The first things people usually notice about me
Hmm...from what I've heard, probably my speaking voice, which tends to be calm and soothing. Maybe also my peaceful eyes ;) I think people can tell that they are absorbing a lot and something is going on behind them, though they may not know what, exactly.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I tend to read a lot of non-fiction books about the Maya, astronomy, or mythology. Leslie Silko's Ceremony is probably my favorite novel. Other authors I love are Edward Abbey, Alan Watts, Gary Snyder, Joseph Campbell, Pablo Neruda.

My favorite movies are probably the Fountain, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Birdy. But I've also been addicted to Six Feet Under, Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Breaking Bad, Dexter, and Walking Dead. I'm a cord-cutter, so no cable, just streaming—and my life is more peaceful for it.

Musically, I'm very eclectic, depending on my mood. Lately, it's been M83, Antony Hegarty, Glen Hansard, Björk, Sigur Ros, Brian Eno, Midival Pundits, but also love Peter Gabriel, U2, Coldplay, Joni Mitchell, and lots of world music, ambient music, and trance.

I will eat just about anything, but I love Indian, Thai, and Vietnamese. Big fan of good sushi, and home-cooked Italian
Six things I could never do without
Loving and being loved -friends and family
Having the natural world close by
Seeing the stars
Keeping fit and getting exercise
Learning about the world
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Where the world is going, and how we can live together with each other, and thrive with all of the other beings on this planet.
I think about how to be a better teacher and a better person.
I think about how I might be the most useful in the world.
I also spend a lot of time trying to figure out what is written in Maya hieroglyphs.
On a typical Friday night I am
After teaching a Friday afternoon class, I'm usually out with friends at dinner or watching a movie.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I probably already said it! Hmm...
Sometimes in my life I've been a hermit, but I've learned not to stay there too long.
You should message me if
If you are playful and like to explore the outdoors, travel, sometimes act silly, sometimes have a stimulating conversation. I can be pretty romantic at times, and I like to be able to share in the enchantment of the world with someone. If you are curious or want to know more, send me a message.
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