My motto is "Head down. Hopes up." I do my best to combine the practical with my wildest imaginings of art.
I am a big fan of the way the world makes stories up out of nowhere and then challenges us mere humans to put it down on paper in a way that folk can relate and move to.
I'm a big fan of jazz, and want to go see more of it in NY.
I love blues music, but I also love the laughter in old blues songs, and tilt my head back saying "Hell Yeah!" like hallelujah when the rhythm gets good to me.
I read a lot about history and politics, but I also love sci-fi and corny jokes and days on the beach and a certain amount of trash tv.
I do my best to stay in shape, (even though I grumble about it sometimes) and try to exercise every day, keeping up with my stretching and calisthenics.
I'm looking for someone special to share time and grow with. I'm looking for someone that might want to appreciate all this fine city has to offer and all I have to offer as well. I'm looking for a woman who likes to laugh, and loves to learn and grow.
My vocation means that I spend a lot of my time trying to make an image through words on the page. I write. Which means, a lot of the time I spend reading all kinds of other writing, researching, reading up on political shenanigans, and looking stuff up on the internet and in the library, and then, after procrastinating as much as possible, I write the poem or short story or essay I should have been writing all the time, and then I try to get it published!
And then, I get to share all the stuff I've read with my students! I got a pretty good deal, and I'm very happy with it.
I'm also good at playing blues harmonica, learning slide guitar, learning about all kinds of music, researching history, appreciating art in a city that's full of surprises, and riding my (almost) vintage motorcycle around the city in search of adventure.
I'm good at appreciating the sometimes hidden talents in people, and encouraging them to chase their dreams as hard as they can, cause that's the only way I know how to live. I'm good at listening when the chips are down. I'm also a good teacher.
I want to be better at more and more, the older I get.
Yusef Komunyakaa's Neon Vernacular
Pablo Neruda's Selected Poems
Gayle Jones' Corregidora
Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon
Sterling Plumpp's Blues: The Story Always Untold
Nothin' But a Man
Cabin in the Sky
Daughters of the Dust
Alice Coltrane: Journey in Satchadinanda
Lurrie Bell and Carrie Bell: Second Nature
Prince Lasha: Inside Story
Jimi Hendrix: BBC Live
Al Green: I'm Still in Love With You
Star Trek (All variations. Except maybe the last one, Enterprise)
Sense of humor
My favorite leather bag.