I've been self-employed for nine years, performing, recording, touring, teaching.
I'm in a fantastic partnership with a great man.
I miss my family - they live far away.
I'm a Quaker.
I believe in direct action as a crucial way to make change.
I love trees. Like, a lot.
I'm a life-long vegetarian.
I'm queer - attracted mostly to masculine gender expression, but not exclusively.
I'm an introverted person whose job often requires her to be extroverted.
I have a lot of long-standing, emotionally intimate friendships.
I resent technology's takeover of my life, but can't seem to break my addiction.
I'm excited to finally be growing some food again this year.
I'm a high school dropout. Well, riseout.
I enjoy drinking alcohol.
Integrity is hugely important to me.
I'm good at baking pies.
I miss taking long walks with my dog. She was pretty great.
I love riding my bike, but end up driving a lot because cello.
Language is important to me. I'm attracted to well-spoken people and really appreciate a clever turn of phrase.
I like to swim, but the things that live in natural bodies of water freak me out, even though I really WANT to be ok with them.
I go to a fair number of public hearings. They're boring as fuck, but it's important to show up and speak up.
I read fiction, mostly. And The Sun Magazine. And articles that smart people send me.
I'm really organized. Especially for a musician.
I like taking care of my friends' kids. And then going home where it's quiet.
I pay more attention to plants than buildings.
I've lived a pretty interesting story so far.
Also, smelling smells is awesome.
Barbara Kingsolver, Pema Chodron, Naomi Shihab Nye, John Steinbeck, Zadie Smith, Anne Lamott, Derrick Jensen (though his defense of transphobia is breaking my heart), Leslie Feinberg, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Joanna Macy, Leslie Marmon Silko, Jeffrey Eugenides, Alice Walker, Maggie Anton.
I try with the nonfiction. I really do! But it is sloooow going.
I really love historical fiction and I recently read the first in a series of novels that take place in Scotland in the 1700s. It was well written and fascinating. There were vivid depictions of daily life in the Scottish Highlands, details of medicine and use of native plants, inquiry into the role of women in the 18th century vs. the 20th, and some really hot sex. I was pretty hooked and went to Powell's to find the second book in the series (the one at the library was taking forever on hold). I'd been told it was a popular series, but couldn't find it anywhere. Finally did a search in their database and learned it was shelved in the Romance section. Wait, no. Not just Romance. Paranormal Romance. A small identity crisis ensued. I bought the book anyway.
Music - I'm sticking to things I've actually listened to in the last few months:
Lyle Lovett, David Bromberg, The Meters, Holly Near, Woody Guthrie, Billy Bragg, Tom Waits, Nina Simone, Darol Anger, Norman Blake, Blue Cranes, Peter Mulvey, Gregory Alan Isakov, Pancake Breakfast, Emily Wells, Grateful Dead, Indigo Girls, Bruce Springsteen, Cat Stevens, Miriam Makeba, Nick Drake, Paul Curreri, Van Morrison, The Two Man Gentleman Band, JD Souther, Chet Baker, and holy shit you gotta listen to this new Karl Blau record!!!
You want to get a drink and talk and flirt hard.
And maybe get your make-out on...
You're not afraid to communicate openly and vulnerably (ok, maybe you're afraid, but you do it anyway)!