Other than that, to know me is to love me.
(And in spite of the above, I think it would be fun to own/run a little teahouse.)
I am eclectic, complex, and funny
Art & Fear (Bayles/Orland)
The Denial of Death (Ernest Becker)
Portraits of 'the Whiteman': Linguistic Play and Cultural Symbols among the Western Apache (Keith H. Basso)
Existential Psychotherapy (Irvin Yalom)
Radical Departures: Desperate Detours to Growing Up (Saul Levine)
Totem Poles (Pat Kramer)
Amish Society (John A. Hostetler)
Bunch Grass (Robert Sund)
The Work of Craft (Carla Needleman)
The Art of Negotiating (Gerard Nierenberg)
The Celtic Spirit (Caitlin Matthews)
A Storm of Swords (George R.R. Martin)
Sword-Born (Jennifer Roberson)
Shakey: Neil Young's Biography (Jimmy McDonough)
Obsidian Butterfly (Laurell K. Hamilton)
Moon Called (Patricia Briggs)
Heir of Sea and Fire (Patricia McKillip)
The Blue Sword (Robin McKinley)
Somewhere to be Flying (Charles de Lint)
Great Good Food (Julie Russo)
The Way of Herbs (Michael Tierra)
The Essential Rumi
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson)
Tales of the City (Armistead Maupin)
Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television (Jerry Mander) ~ I do watch tv though so have no fear
Best American Erotica (Susie Bright)
The Inner Sky (Stephen Forrest)
Astrology, Psychology, and the Four Elements (Steven Arroyo
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (Shunryu Suzuki)
Zen Telegrams (Paul Reps)
Complete Works of Robert Frost
Complete Works of Alphonse Mucha
American Indian Cooking
Movies: I watch a large variety of dvds, and the subject matter is diverse. A few that I would particularly recommend are:
Amelie, Bad Santa, Best in Show, Big Eden, Bukowski: Born Into This, Contact, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Enlightenment Guaranteed, A Fish Called Wanda, The Full Monty, Ghost World, Good Will Hunting, Grosse Point Blank, Harold and Maude, Jet Li's Hero, Kill Bill, Leaving Las Vegas, Local Hero, Monsoon Wedding, Pinero, Pleasantville, Punch Drunk Love (pretty much the only Adam Sandler film I can stand), Pushing Tin, Raising Victor Vargas, The Royal Tennenbaums, Shrek, The Station Agent, This Is Spinal Tap, Transamerica, Walk the Line ...and if it's Johnny Depp, I will usually go see it because I find his role choices fascinating.
Music: I listen to a wide variety of music and....diverse.
On any given night, I might be listening to Bollywood filmi music, Hole, The Allman Brothers, Joni Mitchell, Audioslave, Soundgarden, Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Alice in Chains, Bing Crosby, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Marvin Gaye, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Cockburn(who has the most unfortunate name in music), Dionne Warwick, Counting Crows, The Toadies, Edith Piaff, The Mamas and The Papas, Daniel Lanois, Dave Brubeck, The Derailers, Eva Cassidy, INXS, Marty Robbins, Vivaldi, Holly Cole, The Innocence Mission, Death Cab for Cutie, Sarah McLachlan, Norah Jones, Pete Yorn, Peter Gabriel, Patti Smith, Thievery Corporation, The Waterboys, Jeff Beck, Kenny Rankin, Moby, The Killers, Aerosmith, Cat Stevens ....and of course the odd recording of Japanese shakuhachi and koto. And the Yemenite folk songs by Ofra Haza. It sucks, but I lost my recording of Claude Bolling & Jean-Pierre Rampal's "Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano." I also can't find any of the new-age stuff by Steve Halpern that will make leaves sprout from your ears. And I really need to get some Motorhead. And yes, I've been to the opera and didn't run screaming from the hall.
Food: Blah blah yakkety yak okay I'll be honest here, my food tastes are not diverse. Italian, Thai, some Indian, some Chinese, a little Mexican, some French, and a lotta lotta traditional midwestern cooking. Diner food is fun. You practically have to put a gun to my head to get me to cook something (or I have to really really really like you, times a thousand) but when I do cook it's utterly delicious and you will nearly weep with happiness.
I enjoy all the tiny graceful moments of life ~ the fluid way that some people move, the brightness of the moon, the twinkle in a stranger's eye, the way that light plays across my friend's cheekbones, the sound of rain on the roof, the way that water swirls when it drains out of the kitchen sink, flavors and textures and sights and sounds and all that stuff.
I also think a lot about why people do things. And random things, like how the world would have been different if Freud hadn't come before Einstein...
I think a lot, but I don't ponder. I'm a quick thinker. I'm intellectual, artistic, practical, direct, and kind. And I often think how glad I am to have those qualities.