(and just so you know, I am not interested in being involved with someone who is committed to organised religion of any denomination, I am a dyed in the wool old liberal hippie gal...)
I moved to the NW in the mid 80's to go back to school. I have a degree from Evergreen in enameling and aesthetics, which since I actually make enamel jewelry and regalia means that unlike many with liberal arts degrees, I am using what I learned. I have been somewhat active in the SCA for almost twenty years.
I read science fiction and how-to manuals with equal enjoyment. (started reading science fiction when I outgrew reading horse stories) I read incessantly and voraciously, and have since before they sent me to school. There are a number of books that permanently changed the inside of my head, these three are the first that come to mind...
A Pattern Language, and The Timeless Way of Building by Christopher Alexander; Don't Shoot The Dog by Karen Pryor
honest clear communication
tools and the ability to use them
people dear to me