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My self-summary
I guess I'm what you'd call a hybrid creature- part urban, part backwoods. I love living in the city, with live music and independent galleries and readings within a stone's throw of my place on any day of the week. But I equally love getting into a canoe and tripping into the interior.

I'm warm, and responsive, and I have a terrible poker face.

I'm also equal parts artsy and nerd/geek. I like smart, creative people.
What I’m doing with my life
What am I doing with my life? Well, as a high school teacher, I'm spending a heck of a lot of time with young'uns, and that's a pretty great thing to do. Don't let anyone fool you- the kids are alright. And I teach English, so we spend a lot of time contemplating the "big questions." And teaching them forces me to think about how it is that I know how to do things. I am constantly reflecting about language and thought and the politics of power... it's an intense classroom for me too. Phew. That's an intense question. Jeez louise!

I'm also relishing my time outside work. I like heading out into the wilds, but for me, it's not an outdoor gym. I like the fact that I exert myself physically when I'm out there- it feels good. But I've always loved hiking in the woods or in a field. I stop often- listening, looking. So many things underneath our feet.
I’m really good at
trying new things
putting together a cheese course
doing nothing for extended periods of time
freudian typos
The first things people usually notice about me
my enthusiasm. In pictures, people see it in my smile and my eyes. In person, well, I'm a "hand-talker."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Authors: Gertrude Stein, Haraway, LeGuin, Zadie Smith, Adrienne Rich, Janette Winterson, Gwendolyn MacEwan, Eileen Myles, Virginia Woolf, Annie Dillard, Cixous, Dionne Brand, Susan Sontag,

Movies: Almost Famous, State and Main, The Philadelphia Story

Shows: The Wire, Mad Men, The West Wing, Firefly, and anything involving Stephen Fry- a bit of Fry and Laurie, Q.I., Absolute Power, Justified (super excited about Margo Martindale's Emmy win), Community, and a friend just introduced me to Bored to Death, and I'm kind of adoring it.

Music: Steve Earle, The Rheostatics, Wilco, Metric (and much, much more besides). Consider these compass points.

Food: cheese, chocolate, red wine, coffee (the four food groups)

you know, given this site is what it is, and attracts the kind of people it attracts, shouldn't we be prompted to also declare our favourite websites andor podcasts?
just sayin.
in which case, make mine metafilter, wiretap, homestarrunner, for starters.
The six things I could never do without

coffee in the morning...

I dunno. I'm fairly flexible- but I do love things...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
art, language, poetry, and the politics of these things....
On a typical Friday night I am
going out with work friends to recover from the week!
or going home to chill-out!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Margaret Atwood once mocked my hat.
You should message me if
you think that all in all, life is a pretty good deal. You are smarter than the average bear, but you're comfortable with knowing that there's stuff you don't know.