I am a hero. Yes, that’s what I said. I am Erin Brockovich and Norma Ray with a splash of Valerie Plame and Robin Hood. I am both humble and proud. I work for the federal government and oversee an amazing crew doing a mix of law enforcement, social justice and business. As an old lady, I think I’ll be able to look back and have the sense that my investment of time and energy mattered...changing the world in some small way.
Doesn’t it go without saying that my story would be entirely empty without my daughters? They are my favorite company, my biggest fans, my advocates, my dishwashers, my passengers, my purpose. They keep my hero status in check. Last summer, I drove them 3,000 miles in a Honda Fit through the Blue Ridge Mountains and ultimately to Tybee Island, GA so we could see the country, spending countless hours together without screens. Believe me, it wasn’t perfect but one thing for certain – it was an adventure. I long for adventure. Always have.
Georgia O’keefe said – “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” YES. I get it. I’ve taken my share of chances, experiencing incredible highs and lows. I don’t know any other way to be. Maybe what you want to know is whether I eat meat (yes), attend church (no), how many days a week I exercise (daily – at least I try), my salary (I’ll tell you later), whether I smoke (nope). I suppose all those things indicate some level of compatibility. But the more interesting question is - what’s your story? And, will you play a part in mine?
I'm pretty busy being a hero (see above).
Isabel Allende stories, Jane Austen characters, Walt Whitman & Mary Oliver poetry, Robert Reich commentaries
Movies, shows, music
Serial podcast has my current attention, Louie, House of Cards, Stuck in Love, The Descendents, Moonrise Kingdom, and there's nothing like live theater.
Radiohead, Andrew Bird, Calexico, Bon Iver, Chambao, The Cure, Mariza, Ojos de Brujo, the Smiths, Emmylou, Joni, Neko Case, Trampled by Turtles, Buika, Buena Vista Social Club, Juanes, salsa, cumbia...new/old, foreign/local.
Adams Morgan neighborhood in DC, Beale Street in Memphis, Giovanni's shrimp truck on Oahu's north shore AND BLG, Birchwood Cafe, Victory 44, Blue Door, Punch Pizza, Sample Room, On's Thai Kitchen, Taco Taxi, Origami, Kopplin's Coffee, Izzy's Ice Cream.