I’m curious about most everything—people’s stories, politics, the news of the day—youthful, sensual, colorful, offbeat, sometimes brave n' bold, an evolved soul, so I've been told. Anyway, I try to be emotionally present and tune in to nuances in nature, language, the rhythms of the body, the heart.
After spending 25+ years as an editor/writer for a Berkeley-based public policy consulting firm, I'm now self-employed (and loving it!), focusing on issues related to postsecondary education and the U.S. workforce, or what’s left of it.;) No “job” has been as joyful, and challenging, though, as raising my three sons (now fully launched), sometimes solo.
Among other pleasures, I enjoy film, reading/writing fiction, exploring the Bay Area’s peaks and valleys, political satire, CAL Performances, Berkeley Rep. I love New York always—not just in June—jazz, Broadway shows, a Gershwin tune. I’m drawn to the north coast when the rain is hard, the ocean, wild, crossing the International Date Line (not to be confused with international dating), discovering distant lands, cultures, treasures.
Strike a familiar chord? If so, I'd love to hear from you. . . .
International travel is a priority for me, especially to far-flung, exotic spots, sometimes whose names I can't pronounce. In recent years, I've traveled to Peru/Machu Picchu, Costa Rica, Thailand, China, and northern India. Last year I took a trip to Prague and Budapest, stopping at the quaint villages, medieval castles, Roman ruins along the way. This year, Vietnam. My travel wish list is long: from Australia to Zimbabwe. Want to join me?
"The six things I would rather not do without" (not necessarily in priority order):
My family of creation vs. family of origin
Worldwide peace ("Imagine"!)
A roof over my head or a sturdy tent
Ability and wherewithal to discover new cultures and locales
Happiness, rather than the pursuit thereof
And some "creature comforts" I'd rather not do without such as:
Poetry, literary fiction, Netflix, and theaters that show artsy/indie flicks
The fine art of haiku
Access to the Internet and social media (Facebook, Twitter--to spread the good word around the world)
Paper, pens, pencils, & post-its
Music (from A capella to Zydeco) and the lovely sound of silence
The rambling creek in my backyard, where the shorebirds hang out, and my frequent walks near there
Just noticed I'm supposed to list six things here. Well, I guess that reveals my resistance to following instructions.:)
The meaning of life is life. I think I am; therefore I think I am.
Pheromones rule. Surprise me!
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