46Cleveland, United States
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My self-summary
I am a lover of life and all it's up, downs, twists and turns...there is so much to learn and so much to relish. I am passionate about living carefully - for the planet and for others. I try to eat well, help out when I can, whether it be volunteer work or just helping a friend out. I am ethical, honest, kind, loving, supportive and down to earth. I spend time at the metro parks and in my garden during the warm months. I love walking my little (or not so little) Black Lab pup who we are raising for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. We have fun going into Home Depot, Target, and Whole Foods.
What I’m doing with my life
I am enhancing my skills and consolidating two separate career paths...I worked in community development for many years, then I went on to teach primary school. I traveled the world (seriously - all over Europe, parts of Asia and lived in Africa extensively) and have had professional and personal experiences and opportunities that I feel very lucky about. I love learning and apply this in the teaching I do in the classroom (I am an elementary school teacher) and as I navigate starting up my own non-profit as well.
I’m really good at
Laughing...and listening. I am friend that is honest and loyal. I can speak Swahili fluently and am good at keeping people company.
The first things people usually notice about me
My eyes. I am sensitive, introspective, thoughtful and very serious about issues of humanity...
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
OK, this is hard. I am eclectic. I love mainstream, to alternative. I read a lot for my studies about education, internationalism and sociology. Last thing I read: Freedom, by Richard Sennett and The Atlantic. I read the NYT every day, Politico as often as I can and Huffington Post. I love trashy murder mysteries and I read all the adolescent popular books to keep up with my kids. I read about spirituality and justice (Ruby Payne) and development (Amartya Sen). I love independent films as well as blockbusters. I enjoy live performances and theatre. I go to museums every weekend - you name it I go there (if I know about it).
I love eating...Indian curries, Ethiopian, Italian, Japanese, sea food, Continental...I love it and even more so when I have someone to share the intimacy of a tasty and lively dinner.
Six things I could never do without
Well, I lived in Africa and lived without lots, so I am not sure what I can't live without...I think there is joy in life even without the material and personal comforts we are used here in the USA. Maybe I should say I can't live without good friendship, love, kindness and support...and maybe wholesome, healthy, organic foods, NPR and of course my family.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The state of the world, education, my children, being healthy...and what fun activity I can participate in!
On a typical Friday night I am
At home:-) or out with friends for dinner, at a movie or performance...or possibly relaxing over a glass of wine while sharing the events of the week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
hmmmm....get to know me...I have a few!
You should message me if
You enjoy coffee and want to get to know me better.
The two of us