45 Missouri City, United States
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My self-summary
I am an intelligent, intellectual, focused, purpose-driven and goal-oriented woman. I believe in, and try my best to live by, traditional Christian values. My faith in Christ has helped me come through difficult life situations with a positive attitude and deeper understanding of God's plan for me. Through these experiences, God has shown me that He created a purpose for me eons before I was born that somehow fits into the purposes of everyone else on earth. However, it is my responsibility to make decisions and take actions to fulfill my potential that will make manifest the Glory of God.

Unlike some Christians I have seen, I don't believe that you can force people to change lifestyles and behaviors. What breaks my heart is to see people who are living unfulfilled lives with no conception that God had already created a plan and purpose for them. Through example, love, patience and education, I work to help people, especially young people, discover their purpose and live a more fulfilling, Spirit-filled and purpose-driven life.

I don't easily get angry. I am usually calm and serene. I try not to let things worry me. In my view, worry is futile, useless and nonproductive. Pray and stop worrying. If you can take some concrete action to rectify the situation, then do it and stop worrying. Like my picture, I'm usually smiling because I'm happy. When I'm not smiling, people think I'm unhappy, but I'm usually just contemplating something. In Philippians 4:11, Paul said, "For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." I think that describes me.
What I’m doing with my life
I finished my M.A. in Library and Information Science in 2010. I am working as a teen librarian while praying about the decision to pursue either a Master's or doctorate in Afro-American literature. The difference is two years or five years. I love learning, but it is a huge commitment. Once I make the commitment, one way or the other, I have to finish it. My ideal work environment is an academic library -- a library at a college, university or research center.
I’m really good at
Being a loyal friend, taking care of dogs, being a mentor and role model for youth, computers, technology, Internet and library research, writing, cooking and baking, horror and science-fiction movie trivia, surviving the zombie apocalypse, Afro-American history and Afro-American literature
The first things people usually notice about me
I have an eminently practical and rational personality. I have a calm, quiet and serene demeanor. In groups, I do not tend to speak first. I am not shy, but I take time to observe and assess people or situations before jumping in with my own opinion. When I express an opinion, people notice that my view is articulate, reasoned and thoughtful. The only things that get me upset are injustice or cruelty toward those who can't defend themselves, such as children and animals. People also notice that I have a beautiful smile and a kind-hearted, gentle nature.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
1) I have read too many books to mention, but I can't pin down my favorites. If it has space travel, alien invasions, biological plagues, unimaginable demonic evil, nuclear holocausts, bloodthirsty zombies or repressive governmental regimes, then I'm really easy to please. If you're really, truly as much of a book geek as I am, then you may care that I have catalogued 1,800+ books on my account at LibraryThing.com (www.librarything.com/profile/harambeegirl), 500 of which I still plan to read before I die. ;-) Dystopian and end-of-world literature are my favorite genres because they explore the choices and decisions that people might make in severely dysfunctional societies, such as oppressive governments or collapsed civilizations (The Road, [[On the Beach, Alas, Babylon, Handmaid's Tale, A Canticle for Liebowitz, etc). I also love young adult literature, Afro-American literature and any speculative fiction, such as horror, science-fiction or alternate history. My to read list currently includes books by Bentley Little, Brian Keene, Brandon Massey, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Walter Mosley, Stephen King, Suzanne Collins, Michael Grant, and I could go on. I have recently discovered Afrofuturism and am learning about it by researching and reading. The teens at the library have interested me in graphic novels, such as The Walking Dead, Marvel Zombies, Emily the Strange, the Preacher and John Constantine. I also think Stephen King's Dark Tower graphic novel is good, but overall, I prefer novels. I'd love to find someone who likes to read and discuss literature, especially speculative fiction.

2) My favorite movies are horror and science-fiction, by far. My favorite movies are anything based on a Stephen King novel, MST3K, or titles directed by Stanley Kubrick, George A. Romero, Dario Argento, Clive Barker, Wes Craven, Dario Argento, Rob Zombie, Tobe Hooper, and I could go on. Some movies that I've watched recently are Audition, Tesis, 8MM, Human Centipede, Roman, Hard Candy, Dead Girl, Teeth, XTRO, Caligula and Salo. Besides that, I also like psychological thrillers, independent films, and espionage thrillers.

I like any TV that is sci-fi or horror: Lost (RIP), The Event, [[Supernatural, [[Medium (RIP), Fringe, Warehouse 13, Stargate Universe, The Walking Dead, Haven, Eureka, V, Being Human, most movies on Chiller or SyFy, even if they're really stupid, because that makes them funny

Besides my affinity for tech and science, literature, science-fiction, horror and graphic novels, I enjoy listening to old time radio (OTR) broadcasts, specifically anything in the supernatural or suspense genre. Some of my favorites include CBS Radio Mystery Theater, Lights Out, Suspense, Inner Sanctum, and The Whistler, just to name a few.

3) I like just about any food that is good and healthy (Asian -- Korean, Thai, Chinese, Mediterranean, fusion, . I try to stay away from foods with a lot of fat, sugar, salt and empty carbs. I like to discover new cuisines and ethnic restaurants. Although I can't deny a weakness for pastries, burgers and fries, steaks and chocolate, I really try to stay away from these things. Really I do.

4) My musical tastes are eclectic, to say the least. These are the groups on my mp3 player.

Rock and Pop - U2, Sting, Police, Prince, Natalie Merchant, Depeche Mode, Alanis Morissette, Cure, R.E.M., Staind, Daughtry, Nickelback, Linkin Park, All-American Rejects, Black Eyed Peas

R&B and Soul - Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Erykah Badu, Seal, Sade, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Chantay Savage, Gil Scott Heron, Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield

Rap and Hip-Hop - Tupac, Goodie Mob, Common, Fugees, Righteous Poets, Nas, Michael Franti/Spearhead, Nuttin' But Stringz

Folk and Traditional - Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Soweto Gospel Choir, Boys Choir of Kenya, African Children's Choir, Deep Forest, Globe Trekker, Angelique Kidjo, Enya, Clannad, R. Carlos Nakai, Putomayo World Music

Christian - Negro Sprituals by Fisk Jubilee Singers, Moses Hogan Chorale, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Chanticleer, Fairfield Four
The six things I could never do without
1) God
2) family
3) books
4) technology (i.e., computers, Internet, gadgets)
5) chocolate :-)
6) humor or laughter
I spend a lot of time thinking about
There is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS something to be thankful for. It never ceases to amaze me how blessed that I am to have:
1) God's Grace and Mercy
2) a loving and supportive family
3) my health -- physical, mental and emotional
4) educational and career opportunities that God has provided
5) stable employment during this recession
6) safe, secure housing and nutritious food during this recession
7) been born in the USA
On a typical Friday night I am
watching a horror/science-fiction movie or hanging out in a bookstore / cafe
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Yeah, right. This is NOT the Jerry Springer Show.
You should message me if
1) You are a Christian who is seeking the mate God has intended for you. You seek God first in all things. You try to live according to Christian ideals and morals.
2) You are intellectually curious and interested in learning new things. You enjoy hanging out in comic book stores (or any bookstore). You love lively discussions about progressive politics, literature, film and music.
3) You are compatible with an INFJ/INTJ personality -- and you know what that is.
4) You are a nerd or a geek, particularly in the areas that I describe above.