37Philadelphia, United States
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My self-summary
I’ve lived in many places and have left bits of my heart in each one, but my roots are in Philly.

I like to climb trees and rocks but always scare myself silly doing so.

I bike year-round because it's fun and fast.

I have two dogs who found me when I was living on a Reservation out West; they are fantastic creatures.

I serenaded my fellow backpackers this summer since they asked. I had four songs: two of the songs were by Neil Young, one was by John Prine, and one was by Leonard Cohen. Next step: learning how to play a guitar because it will go really well with my repertoire and with my fire pit. Can you help me with this?

In addition to all of the above, I read, I write, I run, I yoga, I save up for summer travels, and I have a thing for nostalgia and live music. I'm curious, thoughtful, and love taking risks.
What I’m doing with my life
Mostly teaching high school students things about reading, writing, and life and learning a lot while I do so. Also all those things in my self-summary.
I’m really good at
Listening, going on adventures, sleeping in, cartwheels, giving compliments, and kissing.
The first things people usually notice about me

Lately my students have been giving me a lot of compliments on my cardigans, so maybe people notice whichever teenage fan-club cardigan I happen to be wearing.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Authors: Gloria Naylor, Tom Spanbauer, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, Yu Hua, Sherman Alexie, John Steinbeck, Stephen Dobyns, Wendell Berry, Toni Morrison, Carson McCullers, Dante, Chogyam Trungpa, Robert Thurman, Edward Abbey, T.C. Boyle, T.S. Eliot, Cormac McCarthy, Italo Calvino, Haruki Murakami, Isabel Allende, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Ondaatje, ee cummings... I really like to read!

TV: Daily Show, Breaking Bad, X-Files, Twin Peaks, Misfits, and The Wire. Amy Goodman's pretty great too.

Movies: Solaris, Breaking the Waves, City of God, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Half Nelson, Into the Wild, Labyrinth, Children of Men, Blue Valentine, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance...

Food: pretty much anything without a face, but I don't have a problem if you eat animals. Seriously, I'm not a snob about it. Though I appreciate ethical consumerism.

Music: Neko Case, Bob Dylan, The Roots, Silvio Rodriguez, Nina Simone, Bowie, Belle and Sebastian, Leonard Cohen, and silence... sometimes I find noise unbearable.

Smells: campfire, sage, jasmine, sauteed garlic, banana bread.
Six things I could never do without
Comfortable shoes, mountains to visit, the creative instinct, hope, hugs, and occasional misbehavior
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My students and lesson plans, people real and imagined, other people's points of view, how to make things better, pretty things, what I want to eat.
On a typical Friday night I am
Mixed bag: Making dinner with friends, going out to hear some good music, drinking a beer with a friend or three around my firepit, reading/writing/resting, biking in the dark.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once called a friend and asked him to come over to give me a hug because I needed one bad. He did. I felt better.
You should message me if
You do something you love.
You own a backpack and boots.
You're inspired and inspiring.
You like to try new things.
You like puppies.
You think reading back-to-back sounds romantic.
You're awesome.
And/or you think I sound awesome.
The two of us