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My self-summary
I'm originally from Massachusetts, which is wicked awesome, but I lived abroad and traveled a LOT for many years. I've been in Buffalo for about a year.

My friends would describe me as funny, deep and compassionate. I think of myself as driven and creative.

I love learning about history and traveling; and doing both at the same time. I love good food, good drinks and great conversation.
What I’m doing with my life
I teach English to adult refugees and I'm a successful freelance writer and editor. I run a creative writing/poetry group, and I'm pretty active in Buffalo's poetry scene.
I’m really good at
Running a classroom.

Listening. I apparently encourage people to tell me things they've never told anyone else without even trying. When I am trying, I'm good at helping people work out their problems.

Cooking. I'm getting good at baking fish at the moment. I make a very good Thai curry.

Giving tarot readings. I have three different decks. I'm a very rational person, but Tarot is really cool.

Brainstorming and creative writing.

Hiking, camping, starting campfires, pitching tents, kayaking, campfire cooking. I was a boy scout.

Editing. I can't really explain how uncanny my talent for editing is. I can make mediocre, confusing writing flawless and sparkly very quickly.

Accents and impersonations, especially making fun of annoying people.

Appreciating art, history, literature and culture.

Being an INTP, an Enneagram 5/4, and a Libra.
The first things people usually notice about me
My infectious laugh, or that I can take a while to open up.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Fiction: 1984 and The Pillars of the Earth are my two favorite novels.

Nonfiction: A Short History of Nearly Everything, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, Retribution, The 48 Laws of Power

Poetry: Mary Oliver, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, T. S. Eliot, e. e. cummings, Wallace Stevens, Robert Creeley, Seamus Heaney

Movies: Grand Budapest Hotel and any Wes Anderson, Fight Club, A Thin Red Line, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, American Beauty, Inception, Memento, Lincoln, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave

Shows: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Parks and Recreation, Broad City, The Cosmos, Peep Show, House of Cards, The Office, The Wire, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Music: I'll listen to almost anything except country.

Food: Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, seafood, pub food.

Drinks: I've always been a beer connoisseur, but after living in Belgium, I'm probably a full blown snob. I'm particularly into Porters and Belgian Trappiste ales, but I'm always up to try something new. I also enjoy a few different wines occasionally. Pinot Noir is my favorite.
The six things I could never do without
Late summer sunsets, breathing in fresh cut grass, curling up in cold spots on the mattress, forests' restless rustling, the silky taste of ice cream, the exotically normal faces in a foreign country...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Other people's perceptions. Nature and how old the earth is. Places I want to travel to. The best ways to teach my students, and how to help refugees feel comfortable in America. Famous quotes, like: "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."--Mark Twain. How short life is. How absurd it all is. What I need to do to live like Anthony Bourdain.
On a typical Friday night I am
reinventing the wheel.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I was a theater nerd in high school.
You should message me if
you're awesome, too.