I am an adventuresome person. I travel more than most (3 months a year minimum--Hawaii, Austin, Spain and Holland, Maui, San Diego, Portland last year, Argentina & Uruguay in February and hoping for India soon). I enjoy learning languages (Italian right now) and speak several. I seek out art of all kinds. folks say i'm open and honest and engaging and i'm looking for more people with those traits in my life. Age, looks, size, shape, color, gender and monogamy are not important to me. wit, intelligence, humor, creativity, ability to be vulnerable...and dark chocolate, coffee with cream and sugar, fine loose teas, 1980s dance music, independent films, warmth, conversation and art are very important to me.
I have been a community organizer and disability rights activist for most of my adult life, organized for better infrastructure in San Antonio's poor neighborhoods, helped build an indie film project and community art center called Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts: DIVA (www.divanow.org), two disability rights organizations (Coalition of Texans with Disabilities and Lane Independent Living Alliance), two arts/nonprofit buildings (MidTown Arts Center and Zoomtopia) and am co-chair of the board of directors for an Oregon-based social justice organization called MRG (mrgfoundation.org).
I've recently moved from Portland to Austex to Maui, though my life spans all of them at the moment. When I recently vacationed in Maui and decided to stay.
I'm bi, poly, and don't bite (well the first two are true) I like to explore and cuddle. Nice distractions or distractors welcome. I'm a big conversationalist. Bizy like the energizer bunny. I care about people and about issues, and people who care about issues.
I am Carole with, an E, and a smile, and I zoom.
I still have strong ties to Portland, having created a development project called Zoomtopia--a renovated industrial building that has been transformed into a flourishing community of artists, dancers and creatives working together in SE Portland. The vision for the building came from hundreds of conversations with artists, leaders and activists about what the SE community needed. After 19 months of work, it is gratifying to see it in action!
My art is primarily performance photography and Japanese woodblock. I also recently received a fellowship and took time to write then perform a theater piece with Impetus Arts. Much of my work can be seen at carolezoom.com. In addition to art, I'm an activist working on progressive issues, disability rights, political strategy, leadership training and fundraising for nonprofits. Currently I'm traveling the world for fun and profit.
Being sincerely interested in understanding who a person is rather than sizing her/him up for a check box list. People are complex. I know that and love that.
I maintain a warm humor even in serious discussion. I know that my situation can be a bit intimidating so i want to assure you that there are no questions I haven't been asked. While subjects can be serious, I value having two-way conversations about whatever comes up.
curtious says, "The first thing I thought when I saw Carole was she is damn sexy! She has an edge of butchness to her that is lovely. She has now become one of my very best friends, and with the way she kisses and the way she can talk honestly and openly about sex, I bet she is a great lover!"
But seriously I read and reread _Stumbling Toward Enlightenment_ by Geri Larkin every year and still get new meaning out of it. William Least Heat Moon's _Blue Highways_ and _Prairyerth_. Douglas Adams' _Universe_ and _Fish_. I've been a big reader in my day but now tend to read articles on the internet and listen to podcasts for information.
I like indie films and documentaries. As a matter of fact, I'm featured in a documentary (showing at times on the Documentary Channel) called _Independent Little Cuss_, by my cousin Jeff Patterson. When it first came out I had a hard time seeing it for what it was because I am in it. But I recently saw it on the big screen and heard the feedback from the audience. It is good, damn good. He found a good story and told it well. I want him to do a sequel about the folks who have come together to keep me independent since i started using the ventilator. Now that's a story.
My favorite music in general is 1980s dance music. It was a good time for music and a good time in my life. Specifically enamoured of Prefab Sprout, Comsat Angels, ABC, Thomas Dolby, Kate Bush but I also like current music like Samamidon, Songs: Ohia, Jonatha Brooke, Decemberists, Bright Red Paper, Rachels. Heard of Tinariwen? Amazing. I enjoy some experimental, noise/concrete, and gamelan (Indonesian percussion)!! But sorry...don't like country music or j a z z (have to spell it that way or OKC thinks i LIKE j a z z and matches me to folks who love it).
I like spicy...I like my food, my life and my loves spicy. For dining: Indian, Thai, Japanese and Mexican food rank high on my list. But nowadays I'm enjoying more cooking in and less eating out (tho recommendations are welcome).
--my camera in hand
Though I know I could do without most of that.
Last, I spent 40+ days on the road in Knoxville, Nashville, Asheville, Austin, Jackson Hole and Boise in hotel rooms with an internet connection, an art project and a CocaCola, with just enough clothes for a week. It made my tiny condo seems so big when i got back!
So it's all relative.
In general I fit in thoughts about the importance of art of all kinds in telling the stories of life, theater that stretches the mind or the heart, film that is engaging but not necessarily linear, polyamory and how to be closely connected to more than one person at a time, ways of acting out social justice in our increasingly unjust world, why OKC thinks I'm kinky when I'm just sexually openminded, how to keep lint off my dark skirts. You know: I spend time thinking about all the big stuff. :)
If you are open minded, you can keep eye contact, you can converse meaningfully, you are looking for a close connection, if you like a challenge and a good conversation, get in touch.
I am looking for a romantic partnership/triandship, with strong sexual and emotional connection. Trust. Honesty. Fun.