51Astoria, United States
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My self-summary
Helping people, creating community, learning, growing, striving to become a better person, challenging myself daily... are all pieces of who I am. I have survived every challenge life has thrown at me. While I wouldn't wish some of my experiences on anyone, they have all shaped me into who I am today -- and I like who I am.

I think that this is my favorite quotation, and what I try to live by:
Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity. ~Buddha

I am intelligent, artistic, and compassionate
What I’m doing with my life
After raising my daughters as a single parent for the past several years, I have returned to school to finish my formal education. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, but -- hey, I seem to be doing ok! (I actually do know what I want out of life, and am working toward specific goals -- but we can explore that later.) One thing is certain - volunteering and art will be part of the mix. I have been exploring different aspects of my artistic side, and have had several pieces in juried shows. I don't claim to be good, but I have been enjoying the creative flow -- I think that it helps keep me sane! Fly fishing and camping are things that I love, but don't always find time for...
I’m really good at
I think that I may be best at listening, empathizing, and being compassionate. Mediating. Being a friend. Keeping confidences. Being trustworthy and reliable. Putting other peoples needs before my own...
The first things people usually notice about me
My long hair, my laid back attitude. Quiet confidence.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I don't even know where to start! I like almost every genre of books, and have probably 1500 books in my library, from sci/fi-fantasy to classics, period romance to westerns, esoteric philosophy to text books, and everything in between -- I have read most of them more than once. History books, both past and future, are fascinating to me, as are antique and junk shops. I have been known to read dictionaries. When it comes to movies, I like just about anything except horror, and I will occasionally make an exception to that. When it comes to comedy, Lewis Black and Jeff Dunham are king! I love almost all types of music - folk, new age, alternative, world, rock (classic, metal, pop), bluegrass, country (the real thing), classical... even some rap. Not too into TV, but love the education channels. And the Big Bang Theory.
Six things I could never do without
love, family, intelligent conversation, passion, good books and great friends

honesty, integrity, art, a good bottle of wine & somebody to share it with, music, volunteer work

Learning. Teaching. Helping. Sharing. Reading. DSL.

Ok, make it groups of six...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Where my life is going, what is the best way to get there... If I am ever going to find that one special person that will walk beside me, be my best friend, partner and lover... What can I learn today? What the best way is to help people achieve their dreams. How much I miss intimacy. Why there are sick people who hurt children. Intentionally creating safe community. How meaningless sex is without a relationship. What I can do to become a better person. How to create what is in my head... Why it is that I can be very outgoing and sociable, except when I am attracted to someone -- at which point, I become rather shy and toungue-tied. How much I miss my dog, a companion for 15 years. RIP Lucky dog.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either at home with my grandson, doing homework, at a gallery opening, or enjoying some great music at a local concert...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm really here looking for you!
You should message me if
...if you are truly looking for a man who is not into games, is sincere, and is ready for a life long commitment to that special "one" -- it might just be me -- and you might just be who I am looking for. Are you ready to find out?
Bonus List:
If you read 'Good'
If you love learning
If you want to make a difference in the world - or even one persons world
If honesty and integrity are important to you
If service to community is a part of your life
If you have read 'The Light of Conscience' by Bill Shore
If you made it to here, message me!!!
The two of us