38 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
I can find profound happiness in the woods, at a watering hole, a concert or in a meditation hall. I love both noise and silence and try to make space in my life for both. It's always a delicate balance, but I find I am happiest when I am able to balance them well. I am getting better and better at this each and every day, but I always welcome an outside perspective or a thought provoking conversation on the subject... on so many subjects, really. I am a conversationalist at heart.
I was born and raised in upstate New York, and have spent time living in London, Guatemala, Orcas Island in the San Juans, the coast of Maine, rural Oregon (Parkdale and Hood River) as well as Vermont. I relocated to Portland three years ago after five years in the Gorge. I have been finding the balance over the past three years of drinking in all the city has to offer and slipping out to the woods to hike, or backpack, or run a few times a month.
What I’m doing with my life
For work, I am in my third year as the Director of a public charter school. It's challenging work, but it is profoundly moving and rewarding at the same time. I relish this work and when it's good it gives me far more energy than it takes away. We work to empower our students, to teach them to take responsibility for their education as well as to endeavor to ask and answer questions about the larger world. Watching the things my students undertake and achieve - it often takes my breath away, and gives me pause on a daily basis. They are amazing, inspiring creatures.
I am fascinated with how people interact with each other and create community and culture.
Outside of work I carve out time to hike, run, meditate, take in music, cook and sit with friends and a good whiskey as often as I am able.
I’m really good at
Getting to know people - I thoroughly enjoy talking to people and understanding what they are about (i.e. if nothing else, this makes me a solid first date).
I am also good at making others feel at ease. And I am good at laughing; loudly, frequently and vigorously.
The first things people usually notice about me
My laugh, hands down - like, blocks away kind of notice - followed shortly thereafter by my eyes. Then usually my openness, my humor and my passion.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books, yes, so many; usually I have several in progress at any given time in a myriad of subjects, fiction and non. Some of my favorite authors include David James Duncan, Hemmingway the short stories Etgar Keret, Paolo Freire, and Myles Horton. I've also realized that I find pure and utter joy in the work of those who have contributed to This American Life.

My favorite films are those such as Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind, Cool Hand Luke, The Hudsucker Proxy, Being John Malcovich, etc.

As for music, currently I find that I can't get enough of Jolie Holland, Sufjan Stevens, Charles Mingus, Greg Brown and Nina Simone. Every year I come away from Pickathon in love with a new band; four years ago it was Breathe Owl Breathe, three years ago it was Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, two years ago, Lake Street Dive, and last year the Cactus Blossoms.
I have a Pandora station dedicated to Sufjan Stevens which feels perpetually perfect.

I love to cook and I look forward to it as a nightly ritual that helps me to unwind from the stresses of any given day.
I have been in a bit of a salad mania of late, but I love to experiment and will try anything, especially if I can procure the ingredients locally. I've been gluten free for six years (of dietary necessity, not fashion) and have begun to enjoy the challenge and rewards of making tasty gluten free fare.
The six things I could never do without
Good conversation, good people, the outdoors, a provocative book, good spirits and music (conveniently filling my well stocked ipod).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Music, community, education, how to bring people together, and the ever beckoning woods, a sanctuary in which to contemplate it all...
On a typical Friday night I am
I usually try to get a good trail run in on Friday afternoons. After that, it all depends on how the week went and what sort of sustenance I need. Sometimes it's happy hour drinks with friends, other times it's cooking some dinner, sitting on my porch and watching the sun descend...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I may have peaked in life when I ad libbed The Digital Underground's "The Humpty Dance" at a karaoke bar on Orcas Island. I have found that to be a very tough act to follow.
You should message me if
You have fingernails that shine like justice and a voice that's dark like tinted glass.