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My self-summary
I am a native Californian, born in Berkeley, raised in Sacramento, and then back to Berkeley where I attended UC Berkeley and then married and raised a family in Berkeley. I am a child of the 1960s. Many of my younger friends remark that my life parallels that of Forrest Gump!

I worked for thirty years for public policy think tanks, primarily in the area of K-12 education policy, because I believed that schools were one of the institutions still alive and vital to the inner city and minority community. My work in education reform has taken me to the California legislature, to Washington D.C., to schools in the inner cities of Oakland and Richmond, and finally to Iraq, where I worked with the US government to rebuild the Iraqi Ministry of Education.

I have been a seeker of freedom and happiness all my life. Although my professional career was exciting and rewarding, I believe that true happiness and the freedom to pursue it will come to me spiritually.
What I’m doing with my life
I am seeking a lifelong companion, a man who shares my love for life, mutual interests, new interests, travel, intimate moments.

I am actively involved with my children and grandchildren, all now near me in Berkeley (so lucky)!

I have a spiritual teacher (it's complicated) but not particularly important

I am recently retired and trying to decide what I will do when I grow up! People of my generation (Baby-Boomers) are a huge bulge in the demographics in this country. The 55+ generation has much to contribute (and a long life ahead to be able to do so) to their community and nation. I want to work with some of the organizations that can mobilize this important but often neglected sector.

I am also able now to turn my writing and research skills to creative writing and am writing a novel. And I am continuing my life long seeking to be free and happy!
I’m really good at
am a people person. I like people and they like me. I use my research, journalism, and community organizing skills to get insights into people and their deepest thoughts and desires. I am interested in astrology and use what I learn from my family's and friends' charts to help them understand their reality. The art of astrology (and others such as Tarot) are based on hundreds of years and thousands of observations, more than those from psychology or more recently the self-help movement.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read quite a bit and a wide range. I enjoy mysteries (Michael Connelly) for light reading. One of my favorite spiritual books is Be Here Now (Ram Das). I recently read Masque of Africa (V S Naipaul) and am currently reading Clouds of Witness, stories of those Russians held in the Gulag and who were profoundly affected by their interactions with Father Arseny, a Russian Orthodox priest who spent most of his life in Soviet prisons.

I love good independent and foreign movies. My favorite all time movie is 400 BLows (Trauffaut). My favorite musicians are Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, and Ry Cooder.

I enjoy food but need to watch my diet carefully.
Six things I could never do without
A life companion
Good friends
My spiritual teacher
Books (hope they keep public libraries open)
My computer
My sense of humor
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The nature of reality, who and what am I? How can I be truly happy?
On a typical Friday night I am
At a great indie movie that just opened. Being retired though, every night is Friday night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Living in the Bay Area and especially in Berkeley I am part of a very progressive community but am myself quite libertarian (some might say conservative) and sometimes I feel I need to keep those views private. While I am very tolerant of most political views, I often encounter many who are not. While freedom and happiness can be achieved partially through politics, there is no one answer, no one knows for sure the truth. After 9/11 I went a bit nuts (say as Christopher Hitchens did) and even went to Iraq to work with the US occupation. That confounded so many of my friends!
The two of us