When I was little I would play one instrument for a little while and then got bored (and let's face it, it would get harder) and would change to another. I used to like to show off what I could play but then in college really found depth in music and love to play from my soul when I can. I'm not big on following directions - I'd much rather make it up along the way and explore. It's really fun to figure out songs by ear - to listen to something so closely and get to know it. I think a lot of art encourages that - photography, drawing... Mindfulness is key.
I like eating picnics in high places - a tree branch, or a mountain. I feel at home in a redwood forest and in Italy and love the Amazon jungle...I also like being mischievous and playful - many different fun ways of being... Friends of mine and I used to go to a restaurant speaking in various accents - or would act out scenes in public to make things interesting. Okay, I'll leave it there.
I am curious, thoughtful, and secretly wild.
In general though, trying to live it as fully as possible. I don't define myself by my profession and like I said above, I'm not one to do just one thing. Professionally, I work as a psychiatrist in a non-profit that helps folks who have no home, no job, and/or mental illness. I love working with folks that experience the edges of human nature - and also love thinking about psychology and trying to learn wisdom about people and life.
I am a man who values helping people in a respectful and holistic way. I love to talk plainly and openly about deep things. It's also fun to know general medicine and about the workings of the body in-depth - where all the muscles are attached and that sort of thing. I'm always wanting to grow and learn - and so delve into various interests.
Surely like many others, I'd like to write a novel, and it feels like the time is coming soon for that. Speaking of that, I just took an intensive architecture program that was awesome - and kicked my ass too - like being back in med school. But I learned a ton and would like to incorporate something about design and engineering and architecture more into my life.
On another note, a good listener (one would hope, being a psychiatrist), I don't want to be THE listener or caretaker in a relationship. I'm big on balance - I'm interested in listening and also have lots to express - and value silence as well.
Movies: Raising Arizona (and most Cohen Bros films), Hero (wow - like watching a modern dance performance), La Cite des Enfants Perdus (bizarre in just the right way), The Triplets of Belleville, and other foreign films (that might be what I watch the most); I like action movies like Bourne Identity, classics like Lawrence of Arabia, and I have fond memories of movies from long ago like the Princess Bride, independent films - You Can Count on Me was very well done and not overstated. I just remembered Time Code - very cool movie in which the screen is split into quadrants, each showing part of the drama happening in real time. The Secret in Their Eyes - masterful!
Music: Silvio Rodriguez, Pedro Luis Ferrer, bluegrass (would love to get some more good bluegrass - any suggestions?), Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Food: Chia kombucha - who would have thought - but it kicks ass! Mangoes, Greek salads, flourless chocolate cake, avocado milkshake (seriously - had it first in Ecuador on the coast - they can be awesome). Just learned that I have some sensitivity to gluten and dairy [whah whaaa] - so that's cramped my style a bit, but limitations can also inspire creativity. I've recently got into home-brewing water kefir. Fun and dangerous (I'll tell you about some mishaps).
Podcasts: TED Talks are awesome (would be fun to watch them and discuss) and I really love KQED's Forum, especially the ones Michael Krasny does - he's such an articulate, perceptive, and broadly knowledgeable interviewer. Democracy Now is my favorite news program - it kicks booty. When I was a kid and first heard the word booty in elementary school, I pictured it as being spelled boodie. We'd go around saying "MY boodie don't stank" to each other. Well, maybe you had to be there... Or maybe I'm just writing this as a foil to the erudite Krasny...
Trees/plants: Aspen, Redwood, Manzanita, Magnolia, Avocado (I've been having fun recently growing avocado plants from the pits).
Psst-- here's another: not so big into sports teams. I love to play sports - don't get me wrong - but to make a huge deal about my-team's-better-than-yours-and-that-means-something...?? Okayokay - I loved watching the World Cup...
Shhh! - I think I'm some kind of special for never owning a tv, but put me in front of Sherlock or Walking Dead and I get addicted just like the next guy.