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My self-summary
I spent most of my life as a working artist (designer/illustrator/painter/sculptor/photographer and potter) but arthritis in my hands has prompted a career change. These days my work is in social activism, a passion that had taken a back seat to my artistic endeavors.

I remain a fervent fan of live music, an insatiable reader, and lover of good food and drink. The sea and the mountains are important parts of my life and I love growing/nurturing things, especially things that flower.

Money and status don't matter much to me, embracing and enjoying life does. I have tended to rise to the top of whatever pecking order, business, or organization I've been in, and then walked away from it. A close friend once said I was remarkably competent and bizarrely noncompetitive. (Or was it the other way around?)

I am eccentric, perceptive, and bohemian. How about you?
What I’m doing with my life
I'm working hard, meeting a LOT of people, and trying to make Maine a better place. Also enjoying the delights of summer in Maine. My work has me outside a lot and takes me to neighborhoods (and strangers' doors) that I'd otherwise never see.
I’m really good at
I can make intriguing/useful/evocative objects and/or images in a variety of media.

More than most folks I quickly understand ideas, feelings, situations, and the connections among things, and can communicate them and/or act on them.

Things grow and bloom for me.

I know when, and how, to take control of a situation.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm kinda tall. My hair is long. I wear glasses. I'm told I don't dress my age, but have "class" anyway. I'm not sure if those things explain why people notice me, but they do. People have always noticed me. It's not particularly important.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books have been an integral part of my life since teaching myself to read with Huck Finn ("see spot run" did nothing for me). Among my favorite writers: Calvino, Neruda, Joyce, Salinger, Nabakov, Faulkner, Pynchon, Marquez, Rushdie, Kundera, Ondaatje, and Murakami.

Movies: The English Patient, A Clockwork Orange, Rocky Horror, Last Tango, Swept Away (The Wertmuller original), Seven Beauties, Amacord, The Secretary.

Music is as important to me as reading, maybe more so. My taste is broad and eclectic. In the last 24 hours I've listened to: Joan Armatrading, Buddy Guy, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Buju Banton, Patti Smith, Pixies, David Bowie, and tracks from 3 local bands.

With food too, my taste is broad. I like flavors (both subtle and potent) from every cuisine. I cook a lot of Asian fusion, as well as Mediterranean, and Latin American influenced dishes.
Six things I could never do without
Passion, thought, laughter, friends, music, sex. These things are not necessarily listed in order, and they tend to overlap.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Working, playing, playfully working. The meaning of life. My next (or previous): meal, drink, book, etc. Sex. This list is not in any kind of order either.
On a typical Friday night I am
I don't do typical.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That little leather case does not contain toiletries.
You should message me if
Any (or all) of these apply:

1) Laughter only sometimes matters more than meaning, and money usually matters less than either.

2) Your spiritual beliefs do not involve a guy in the sky.

3) It is simply not possible to live your life without passion.

4) You are convinced that I am the one you've been waiting your whole life (or at least the last two weeks) to meet, and you don't really mind that I seem like a lunatic.

5) You've had an astounding insight while reading my profile and don't particularly care if my response is to suggest that you are a lunatic.
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