I believe information is something we can share without diminishing ourselves.. so prepare for some reading. >.> I've got foibles and imperfections like everyone else and I'll try to be as up front as possible about what I am and what I want, but I am also kind of amazing, so approach with an eye towards having a blast.
I don't like to think of people as the fulfillment of my desires so much as co-creators! That includes all the awesome messy stuff - fun, adventure, romance - we're not merely made for one another's consumption online or out there in the physical world, we make the world!
I love spending time around animals - they're a vital and essential part of our world and I find they do wonders for our health! I can have more fun in a dog park on a lazy afternoon than most people have doing the fun kinds of drugs over the course of several days. Don't get me started on cats. I love them so much! I've worked at a tiger sanctuary, walked and fostered abused dogs, and I like holding insects gently when I catch them in cups and release them.
I stand up for human rights wherever I can - generally just by treating people with respect. I want to meet people of all sorts -- and while I am definitely attracted to feminine forms and some mannerisms I've come to associate with femininity, I am most attracted to minds and hearts. I am open to trans/queer/other associating entities, and am very flattered by being approached by any type of person, for hellos and flirting and et cetera! I might not be into you, but I'll try to say so as best as I can.
If I could give myself a new form it'd be fire and light and laughing, with a little fox fur and some mischief thrown in. I'll save that for when we upload our brains to the mother-network, but for now I have the body I was born in and some habits I've been shown, some I've learned, and some I've mixed together out of stuff lying around. Please teach me how to associate with you! Each person speaks their own language -- I would like to consider myself a linguist -- but I don't speak yours until we share some! What pronouns you use for me don't matter too much - I'd rather not be he/she or anything general, just another person, a unique-type-critter.
I like to tame dragons. Likely some heroic leftover from growing up reading The Hobbit. I am an organizer and in my love for exploration I've returned to Austin to find some new ground to plant roots in - most recently I was in Seattle.
Let me know if you want a volunteer who knows how to show enthusiasm and isn't afraid of getting their hands dirty.
Co-Creating good with my friends and fellow humans.
The rhythm of the universe is singing in me uncontrollably. ^_^
Let the amazing times roll!
While I was working in Peru teaching sustainable agriculture (permaculture) design in an Andean high school I ran into some kids working with an Orphan Choir. They invited me to serve with them as a tutor and interpreter, helping the kids with school work and teaching them some English and translating until their English improved.
That led me here to Seattle - and while the beauty there was captivating, eventually I felt drawn back to the warmth and the gorgeous light of Austin.
I've got a mind to root, and stir leaves in wild air. I've got a mind to be a pillar of fire!
I am figuring things out - and having a lot of fun on the way. I am calm as well as energetic and excitable, but I know how to appreciate the good I have and it makes me squirrely.
Falling in love
Reading books rapidly
Taking care of kids
Translating and Mediating Disputes
I greatly enjoy games - board games, video games, storytelling games. I like collaborative games, or friendly competition.
Friendly competition can definitely include shit talking and pulling the rug out from under people metaphorically speaking - I mean, I'm a bleeding heart liberal grass-eating hippie, but I will totally win at whatever we play because I AM DESIGNED LIKE A VOLCANO. Which is some sort of allusion to me covering the game board in lava and laughing like a roaring train at your wails, because if
I = Volcano
You = Pompeii.
I lose a lot, too. When I play games I like to play impressively, and win with big foolhardy chances. It's fun to see me hoist with my own petard - it's all for the fun!
I vacillate between periods of shyness and confidence that confuse me quite often. The mean is probably modesty?
Physically, I have big curly eyelashes, strong jaw, thick dark hair, bedroom eyes, great shoulder-to-waist ratio, a round butt. But who looks for all that? Nobody does, nobody at all.
It takes awhile for me to hit my stride with new people - I think I'm probably an acquired taste - but there is the logic of learning new boundaries and new parameters for cooperation behind the slowness. I absorb the info and it's all very conscious, which means deliberate, which is linked quite aptly to "deliberate", as a judge does and as people making choices and selecting ends do.. so if you notice I seem troubled - just.. bear with me.
I'm just processing, and I get caught up on tangent after tangent in my mind.
That said, there is still beauty to be found in all these things we're trying for. If we can see the ugly parts and still absorb the love we can take the lesson pain teaches us and make life all the better.
Roses growing out of shit and all that. ;3
In no particular order. I love things very quickly - I might've only read one or two works from these folks, but found them magical.
Edit** There's some sort of editing foible that only lets me tag certain titles, and not others. This section's a little ugly.
Books: The Prophet, Vurt, Cosmos, The Fifth Sacred Thing, The Silmarillion, The White Hole in Time, Endgame: The Problem of Civilization, Earth Took of Earth, Sabriel, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution , Songs of Earth and Power, The Definitive Guide to Body Language, Against His-Story! Against Leviathan! , A Song of Ice and Fire, The Subject Tonight is Love, Ishmael, The Demon-Haunted World, The Four Agreements, Veronika Decides to Die, The Master and Margarita
I love poetry and I love to learn; languages, prevention of cultural denigration, feminist magazines, punk pamphlets, random bus comics, dragonslaying guidebooks.
Comics: Alan Moore's Swamp Thing & Watchmen, Sandman, Battle Chasers, Sojourn, The Tenth, Saga, Rat Queens
Authors: Carl Sagan, Anais Nin, Douglas Adams, Garth Nix, Vernor Vinge, J.R.R. Tolkien, Starhawk, Neil Gaiman, Rilke, Derrick Jensen, Rumi, Omar Khayyam, T.S. Eliot, Daniel Quinn, Paulo Coelho, Hafiz, Pablo Neruda, Kahlil Gibran, Peter S. Beagle, Ursula K. LeGuin
Movies: Amazon Women on the Moon, Amelie, It's A Beautiful Life, Grandma's Boy, Grave of the Fireflies, Kung Fu Hustle, Super Troopers, Miyazaki films in general, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds and Spirited Away in particular, The Labyrinth, Equilibrium, Office Space, Kentucky Fried Movie, Chicago, Pippin, A Fish Called Wanda, Serenity, Snatch, Jurassic Park, Children of Men, and many others. The Last Unicorn is probably the one I will ask you to watch with me.
Shows: Arrested Development, Cosmos, Mr. Show, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Outlaw Star, Planet Earth, The Office (English and American), Firefly, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog, Home Movies, 30 Rock, Dollhouse, Adventure Time, Futurama, The Vision of Escaflowne, most of Joss Whedon's stuff, Community, Game of Thrones, Archer, House, Sense8
Music in No Particular Order:
Tim Minchin, Trespassers William, Cecile Corbel, Townes Van Zandt, Dead Meadows, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sun Kil Moon, Phoenix, MGMT, Silversun Pickups, The School of Seven Bells, Me Without You, The Protomen, Ohia, Beats Antique, Andrew Bird, PJ Harvey Fleet Foxes, The Grateful Dead, The Blue Hit, Aloha, Fleetwood Mac, Iron and Wine, Patti Smith, Sunny Day Real Estate, Loreena McKennitt, Wilco, Mana, Muse, Johnny Cash, The Disco Biscuits, The Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Solas, Spoon, Frou Frou, Sufjan Stevens, Nick Cave, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Tom Waits, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Simon and Garfunkel, Strunz and Farah, Will Oldham, The Dandy Warhols, Johnny Flynn, Phosphorescent, Bonnie "Prince" Billie, That Damned Band, Klezmer, Salsa, Irish jigs, dancing music. Yann Tiersen, Florence and the Machine.
And much more.
Food: Cooking is fun. I prefer lentils, rice, all sorts of peppers, mangoes, cantaloupe, sweet potato, papaya, curry, and feeding my friends with my hands, like slices of orange, or strawberries dipped in chocolate.
If it's sticky, it's fun.
I really want to learn to cook more healthy food that tastes like sin, so if you know any decent recipes share them.
Dark chocolate is best chocolate.
Mostly-vegetarian; I will rarely eat the more sustainable types of seafood and game, or other meat if it's based in ethically husbandry or sustainably harvested, but these occasions aren't common.
Think of when a bear takes those dying salmon, expand it to include deer population control and respect for the planet and efficiency and you've got the idea. I like to know the people who make my honey, I like eating eggs when happy chickens live with me or my friends, or I can be sure they're not abused.
It's about reverence and love, and cooperation.
You, however, you go ahead and eat whatever.. I mean, I might be a little nonplussed if it's super awful for the planet or cruel, like veal.
"Would that you could live on the fragrance of the earth, and like an air plant be sustained by the light.
But if you must kill to eat, and rob the newly born of its mother’s milk to quench your thirst, let it be an act of worship.
And let your board stand an altar on which the pure and the innocent of the forest and plain are sacrificed for that which is purer and still more innocent in man."
- The Prophet
I think the world would benefit from more people being apt to hold hands and groom friends' tousled hair.
We are alive. Why not let ourselves get scrapes and run and fall and laugh. It's what we are built for.
I really really like grabbing my little sister's foot and picking her up off the ground, swinging her around, and tossing her up into the air and catching her, or onto stuff that will break her fall. Being an older sibling is wonderful to me. I think she's too big for that now... and that's six, so there you are.
Everyone has this right - no exceptions, not of the flesh or of the heart or of the mind.
"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light‐years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both." - Carl Sagan
Here are some snippets from various past Fridays:
Little points of delight at the tip of a pencil, singing on a long walk through a park, my nose in a book, dancing wildly by the fire, watching a silly thing with friends and singing, playing songs from The Ocarina of Time on my harp, jumping into a secret swimmin' hole and swimmin' nekkid, trooping through a field looking for trouble/edible fungus - tromping down the wrong side of a mountain to get to the hot springs under the full moon.
I am not as wholly optimistic as I'd like to be.
" The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!” "- Jack Kerouac
Now I think he's got it mostly right.. except for a possibility of perspective.. when people see things that are commonplace without forgetting the beauty of every moment, when people can take in a morning just like any other with amazing, overwhelming love for a blade of grass.. being set aside by the ground, by an everyday hello.. that's heaven right there. I am particularly fond of rambling old haunts I know oh so well and falling in love with them all over again, and I am especially fond of reacquainting myself with favorite lovers.
and.. er.. Fetlife profile available upon request.
If you can teach me something interesting!
If you want a really good hug.
If you are honest, and bonus points if you strive to be a better communicator.
If you are searching for a loyal true-blue friend, or fiery romance, or a passionate lover.
If you're not afraid to message me. I am really fond of being approached. I've mentioned it a few times now because I really like it, and I want more inbox letters, so you know ;3
Green light go.
I practice NVC, (NonViolent Communication) so if I seem a bit stiff when I message it's because I am still practicing.
For all of those people out there who like mystery and challenge:
I am as open and straightforward as a bright hot summer day, or an afternoon torrential downpour; that is to say -- like the sun or the rain or the grass in the wind I am as simple and arresting or intricate and interlaced as your own apprehension of me can be.
I am looking for real love, the kind that does not own people, the kind that makes friendships from chance meetings or great and lasting stories from a shyly spoken first word.
My cards are on the table; if you'd like to meet, I don't assume fireworks or melting-into-embraces or for my stars to fall from the sky and walk along on the world with me, but I *love* those things, I seek those things, and those are the things I want in life.
I love things that grow and I love relationships that learn.