56Viroqua, United States
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My self-summary
Iowa farm boy origins inspire my love for the land, canned peaches on the cellar shelf, integrity in the ordinary, can do work ethic, finding Beauty in all things. A bit of the Irish melancholia in me that deepens the soulful search. Full of heart, meeting the world with smiling eyes and a warm hospitality. C'mon into my kitchen. I'm as sincere as sweet corn, an earnest man striving to be more than clever and cynical. Yet a mischief maker! I indulge in the creation and spreading of lightness and humor. Pranks and costumes! Big hearted long view of the terrain we navigate... asking "What can I do to help?"
What I’m doing with my life
I am a dad of two adult children, teacher, farmer-poet looking for the stories unfolding around me. I take delight in the simple elegance of hard work, growing food for my family and my community and listening to the rhythms of the natural world. I don't find much happiness in the consumer driven material world...although the occasional splurge to travel and explore another culture or take in the arts is appealing. I strive to lope my long legs with a minimal foot print on this dear planet in spite of my Sasquatch feet. I am happiest when tapped into the circle of kindness, loving and being loved. I seek out my elders for the stories that come from their long view and how they keep their sparkle. I take time to feel the love and add beauty when I can. Slow food. Slow writing. Slow listening. "When you move it slo and it feels like mo!"

The home porch is Viroqua, WI, but I'm not home much anymore. I coordinate college volunteers engaged in service projects ( poverty alleviation, environmental restoration, and disaster response) around the USA during the winter and lead adventure trips out West in the summer. Working toward my vision of transformative education through adventure and service learning. I seek a partner with an interest in this work. I may be open to a new place to settle that best fosters this vision.
I’m really good at
Midwestern modesty prompts me to say, "Aw shucks..What do ya need done?" I've been blessed with deep reserves of patience, faith, flares of the imagination and sinewy strength to do what needs to be done.
The first things people usually notice about me
Stars tangled in my hair (I'm 6'6"). Depending on the occasion in my eye you might see a glint of jokester, romance, the fire to get it done or "Oh my God how much longer will this meeting take!".
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Soul stirrin, knee slappin, hand clappin dwellin with the spirit. I love where imagination and trust can take us in all the mediums mentioned above and then some. I am happiest when creating as opposed to consuming though certainly enjoy the soulfulness and nurturance of work artfully done. Whitman, Twain, James Baldwin, Willa Cather, Wendell Berry, David Foster Wallace, Blues Brothers, Blazing Saddles, Life is Beautiful, The Eighth Day, live theatre and music, Classic Soul and Blues. Jazz and Gospel. Love New Orleans where I can't help myself but dance in the streets to the funky brass bands. I grow grass fed and organic beef and pork. Big garden. Hot-n-Spicey, Down Home, love exploring the width and breadth of the global table.
Six things I could never do without
Everything is related....My joy comes from the adventure of discovering and savoring the exquisite connections that hold us up in this world.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The Beauty of it All. I mean everything! How we take our deepest emotions and are willing to be truthful and experience the grace of humility. With that vulnerability in relationships we have the opportunity to experience the transformative power of love.
On a typical Friday night I am
Asking what menagerie will draw me in this time?!? Ready to boogie or lay it down and relax.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm so tall I once got a job at the zoo cleaning out giraffe ears
You should message me if
You have a love for adventure both in the landscape and the soulscape. Do you thrive and find some peace in the physical and spiritual challenges? I get my kicks from farming, paddling the back water labyrinths of the Mississippi and the country of the Canadian Shield. BWCA. Kayaking ocean waters and bayous. Back packing in the Rockies. Do you have an appreciation and spark for the earthy, the bawdy, the gritty, the robust. Can you take on the rough in nature and humanity and appreciate with an artist's eye? Do you love how stories and humor manifest themselves when we reach out? An expansive and warm heart that values simplicity as the path to richness and delights in the mysteries and characters that is our human communion. Welcoming, extroverted warmth toward all peoples and creatures as we take our opportunities to make friends from strangers and raise a glass in gratitude to feast in the abundance. My lifestyle is resourceful and environmentally tuned so that I don't need much money to live on, but not to the point where I don't enjoy the finer things to make an occasion special. I scrape the clouds with my heighth so I need you to be long legged so I don't need a step ladder to kiss ya or at least have the thunderbolts to bring me to my knees. Liberal ideals and healthy lifestyle important but not in a righteous, ego driven way that keeps me from asking questions with sincere curiosity, connecting to and appreciating all walks of life. I work hard from a heart of service and live and sleep easily naturally. No need for drugs or heavy drinking. Deep love comes in the courage and commitment to explore the shadows that often come up in relationship together. Does Walt Whitman and the notion of paradox make sense to you?: "Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)" Can you feel the rhythms of this good earth, claim with confidence your place of wonder and challenge and can't help but get up to dance and serve from your heart's generosity!
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