Jdu35
29 Philadelphia, United States
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My self-summary
I'm an educator interested in languages and the classroom as a space for healthy questioning and civic training. I get my jollies from goofy interactions with strangers, strolls, bargain carts, dumpster diving, and French pop music. I landed in education after floating around France as a migrant farmhand and, the son of farmer folk, I feel deeply connected to ag and food culture.
I grew up in Missouri and shuffled between France and the US until arriving in Philly a couple of years ago. I collect postcards and geography dinner plates, cook vegetarian things, talk about community and connection, and spend a lot of time on SEPTA. Cooking dinner is my reset button. Philadelphia is my jam. I don't know words beautiful enough to express how hugely I enjoy the I Love you/I Hate You section of the City Paper: http://citypaper.net/lovehate/.
What I’m doing with my life
After bouncing around for several years, I'm growing some roots here, finding my place, trying to show up in the world, corralling kids, writing lesson plans, chatting with neighbors, and practicing my Philly accent. Not settled yet, but I get to do what I love to do in a community that nurtures and surprises me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
So much music, and it changes with the wind. A few with staying power: Rufus Wainwright, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Jenny Lewis, Christine and the Queens, Pierre Lapointe, and Mirah. Currently very into French hip hop.

I've got several books going at once. Main literary squeezes: Nuala O' Faolain, Richard Rodriguez, and Voltaire. I impulse-buy spirituality books I hear about on the radio.

I listen to loads of podcasts. My favorites: This American Life, On Being, Les Pieds sur terre, the Savage Lovecast.

TV isn't my reflex. I go to concerts fairly often. My first was No Doubt during the Tragic Kingdom days.
The six things I could never do without
Chutzpah, humility, hummus, pet names, music, and words
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how we present ourselves to each other; communicative language teaching; lesson planning; new music; kindness; cooking; sharing; the SEPTA rail schedule; money; how much I wish I didn't think about money; poverty; issues of class and race; inward and outward compassion; diversity, difference, and commonalities; power; honest and clear communication; alternative economic models; cars; cities; intention; awareness; place/space; amenity/disamenity; convenience; disruption
On a typical Friday night I am
I'll tell you when you're older.
You should message me if
you find resonance with something mentioned above; you're at least a little political; you like to explore (places, ideas, and people); you'd like to respond to something in my profile
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