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My self-summary
Freelance host, editor, reporter at NPR member stations.

Life-long fascination with linguistics—from 4th grade to college, and beyond. Violinist (also since 4th grade). Guitarist (vaguely), and erstwhile a cappellist. Polymathic dilettante. Tangentialist (!).

(Maybe I should add parethenticalist (?))

After some years of fun in glorious Northern Arizona, returned to the Northeast seven years ago. A wealth of strong connections here—family, friends, Yale & Columbia alum.

Vegetarian for about 30 years—health, compassion, clean living strong motivators for me.

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Differences and disagreements can be fun and enlightening, and they’re welcome!

I also appreciate being aligned on some stuff that's pretty central to me, mostly political and ethical stuff, in that I’m pretty left of left.

For me, it seems it’d be best if we could see eye-to-eye on all kinds of egalitarianism—including women's rights (big time!), minorities' rights (including LGBT folks), and the essential task of governments addressing poverty, hunger, education. Also: the barbarity of the death penalty, the broad reach of the first amendment (including flag-burning), and that Ayn Rand is useless.

Also, I'm unrestricted in terms of race and ethnicity when it comes to who I’d date/am attracted to; I strongly enjoy dating people who are like that too.

Thanks!
What I’m doing with my life
Listening . . . then telling stories.

Here's a favorite among the stories I've filed for NPR—kind of inspiring!

Gettin' in the bike saddle (as in road cycling—purely for pleasure).
I’m really good at
Articulating accreted wisdom.
Noticing the periphery.
Staying strongly positive.
The first things people usually notice about me
Well, the first things that I notice people remarking on:

Unusual eyes.
Resonant voice.

Also, maybe noticed formerly, according to one woman,
     I 'could charm the birds out of the trees.'

. . . yah, I think with the right person!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Ursula K. Le Guin, Oliver Sacks . . .
    perennial touchstones: Didion & McPhee.
        Marie Howe. Brautigan.

The Last Station, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Mumford.
             Cookie's Fortune, Big Night, and You Can Count on Me.
                          And . . . Stranger than Fiction.

Van Morrison, Ravel, and Sam Cooke.
    Etta James, Alison Krauss, and Bach.
        Johnny Mercer.

And, some favorite poetry:

Plena mujer, manzana carnal, luna caliente,
espeso aroma de algas, lodo y luz machacados,
qué oscura claridad se abre entre tus columnas?
Qué antigua noche el hombre toca con sus sentidos?
The six things I could never do without
The word 'never' seems foolhardy—
        I do strongly appreciate the following:

open space
a musical instrument
meaningful work
the riches to be had from knowing people
                            who've known me for decades
touching
peace
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Language
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm calendrically autistic—strongly so.
You should message me if
Maybe you are extremely positive—
            or extremely willing to explore being that way!

You are warm, and kind—and comfortably affectionate towards your partner. :o)!

If maybe you like to wear shoes you could walk a mile or more in, and are comfortable with minimal makeup (turn on for me)—sounds great!

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;                                              what is essential is invisible to the eye."
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