Hey - quick edit to tell the folks with whom I've recently been corresponding that I haven't forgotten about them. Life's been a little weird, is all. I'll try to get back to you this weekend, if it's at all possible.
And here we are in Cincinnati. How very strange. And it's wonderful to be here.
New new new new new re-edit: Graduated from Berea, finally! Am looking for a job somewhat frantically. If anyone is looking for someone in this area with a strong interest in history, great research, writing and editing skills, and a fast and dandy typist/transcriptionist, please let me know!
New re-edit...feeling much better these days and exploring the possibilities of grad school vs. job...where to go, what to do, city life, small town, mountains vs. flatlands, advanced degree in popular culture vs. something a tad more conventional...so much to think about!
Wow, it's been a long time since I've updated this.
I've been hesitant to, because in the grand scheme of things, I find myself not really knowing who I am anymore. But that's not really correct...in an ultimate sense, I remain who I always have been...that still small point of silence; the void filled with stars. But that's not really useful, is it? Particularly in the sense that you are most likely exactly the same, on that level.
I guess what I should have said is, I'm not really sure what I'm passionate about any more. I've been back in school, and Berea's not an ordinary college. It tends to suck you up and spit you back out somewhat different, more aware, more emotionally exhausted and yet (at least in my case) really, really joyful to have made all those new connections. But it doesn't leave much time for pursuing interests, even if I could identify what they were.
In my former opening paragraph, for instance, I listed myself as a poly Pagan. I'm not sure how true either of these are anymore; in truth, I haven't been sure for a number of years. And yet, having nothing but words on a page to go by, I've been rejected by some very cool-seeming people because they aren't Pagan and don't want a poly relationship. I'm not sure I'm either, anymore. But I am poly in the sense that I will never require an oath of fidelity from a partner. Yeah, absolute freedom...try to restrain yourselves from bashing down my door. :-) But it comes with a cost. I ask (demand) absolute honesty and respect. I'm certainly willing to provide both in return to the best of my abilities - I think that's a lot healthier than just promising to abnegate an important part of myself in future and trusting that my beloved will likewise limit him/herself, when that truly isn't my wish for hir. So that's my poly. I haven't acted on it in years, but should the situation arise, that's where I stand.
And as for Pagan, I tend towards the random Discordian Taoism more these days. Actually, I know exactly what I practice and have for years, and it's Dowdism. ("Dowd. Elwood P. Let me give you one of my cards.") If you know whereof I speak, we might be in for some giddy times together. :-)
And the next part is older stuff, edited as needed:
If you need a laundry list of stuff I'm into, here it is, in no particular order: Reading, writing, science fiction, medieval re-creation, spinning, knitting, weaving, kids, cats, mice, photography, creating stuff in general, folk music especially Phil Ochs, Starwood festival, Marcon, blues, pretending to fly, fondling naked sheeps, crossword puzzles, the color purple, finding remote historical markers, looking for morels and haggis. Only some of these are true. If you want to know which, just ask me. :)
I am spathic, warm, and way too honest
And still plugging along at it................got inducted into two honor societies this year, Mortar Board and Alpha Psi Omega. Was it worth all I've lost through coming here? YES.
And I think I know what I want to be when I grow up. I would have liked to be the next Alan Lomax, but perhaps it's too late for that. But I want to work in preservation, perhaps in a house museum where I could work with the tourists and try to ignite a spark in the lives of people who love history but just don't know it yet. I could be some sort of professional researcher, tracking down context for people who need to know the significance something held in its own time. Or I could work down in the mysterious basement of someplace like the Smithsonian, going through old archives and finding stuff that was collected but not "discovered." Or maybe, just maybe, teach? People here have got me thinking about it. They seem to think I could do it. Hmmm.
Update: Now that I'm back at Berea, I'm working with the sound archivist and the digitizing specialist down in the archives. Hog heaven!!!
Oh, and how could I have forgotten Robert Heinlein? Silly me. He's been a major influence in my life for years.
Oh, and my highest percentage matches are incredibly intimidating. Damn, you guys are accomplished! Is that what I have to look forward to?
And another - I've changed a detail on my profile so that now I am lying about one of my basic facts. I'm curious as to whether this lie will result in more people contacting me. No, I won't say what it is now, but in a couple of months I'll report back what I've discovered.
Edited to add: Hey, nobody guessed it! I changed my age. I changed it to reflect what most people guessed it as (34), but it seemed to make no difference whatsoever in the number or type of people contacting me. So much for that theory! I have now put my age back to its proper place.