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My self-summary
Distinguishing characteristics: enthusiastic, smart, funny, curious, kind, shy, absent-minded professor and loving mom. A good listener.

I find it interesting that okcupid tends to match me to professors, writers, farmers/craftspeople, and people who live in the nonprofit world. I wouldn't have guessed it, but it seems right.
What I’m doing with my life
Savoring. Raising and enjoying my boy. Becoming more mindful. During the workday, I think, I write, I design classes and lectures, counsel students, teach and grade, run research projects, attend meetings. I am learning capoeira and button accordion. Spending time with friends and enjoying this surprisingly wonderful community I live in. (I know... Urbana, Illinois?)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Art of War; children's literature; Cook's Illustrated, John Cole, Tom Levenson at Balloon Juice; Ta-Nehisi Coates, Zen Shorts, Ajahn Amaro, Ajahn Sumedho, Father Thomas Keating, Portuguese, poetry, William James, the U.S Constitution, Shakespeare, Music as Social Life, conversation, Christopher Alexander, Kevin Lynch, cookbooks.

Apocalypse Now, The Gods must be Crazy, King of Hearts, Pane e Tulipane, Karate Kid and many martial arts movies, Princess Bride, Rashomon, Housekeeping.

Anything I can dance to. Cole Porter, the Bone Conduction Music Show, Beethoven, Leonard Cohen, Maria Callas, Louis Armstrong, Gypsy Kings, Neville Mariner and the Academy of Saint-Martin-in-the-fields, the dearly departed Big Grove Zydeco (and any band with Tom or Matt Turino or Gordon Kaye), Tom Waits, Yo Yo Ma, Pink Martini, White Ghost Shiver, Randy Newman, Gregorian chant, J.S. Bach.

San Francisco, family run ethnic restaurants, piney woods, Gintaras on Lake Michigan, fire pits, Rodin Museum, the bioluminescent bay in Viequez, Peaks' Island and Casco Bay, Paris, the Finger Lakes, Venice, Lake Mooselookmeguntic, Malta, tidal pools, the greek islands, Vermont, Ithaca. Places that are themselves, and not anywhere else.

Mark Rothko, Fred Astaire, J.S. Turner, van Gogh, Picasso, Jose Limon, Jack Benny, Mark Morris, watercolor. I notice and appreciate great design and great craftsmanship -- in architecture, cars, engineering, cities, clothes, food, in the art of living well.

Just about everything, from diner food to haute cuisine to food from around the world. I like improvising in the kitchen, making something from nothing. I would go out of my way for great ice cream, a stellar bakery, an amazing lobster boil. I like eating sushi with my fingers, and playing with wasabi -- trying to get it to just the right point, where your eyes water and that tingle goes up your spine and out of the top of your head, but you're not *really* in (very much) pain.
Six things I could never do without
My ideal world is rich in sunlight, music, silence, time with my son and friends, physicality, beauty.
On a typical Friday night I am
having a quiet evening with my boy watching something on Netflix, having dinner with friends, playing capoeira (a brazilian martial art), at a contra dance or a local sing, out listening to a local band, sometimes working or doing stuff around the house.
The two of us