I am probably freer and less encumbered than anytime in my life and everything changes.
I worked in Public Mental Health for the past 21 years, supervising a casework program that served folks with severe mental illness in the community. Before that I did various construction work and " family farmed it"; growing organic veggies before it was cool, befriending chickens (once you name em you just can't eat em) and endlessly gathering, splitting, cutting, stacking, and burning wood and repeat.
I've been married one time, have two children who are now adults (fully functioning, productive, happy; thankfully). I have two grandsons who are just so "Lord of the Flies" great ( without the ritual killing, of course). They have reminded me what a thrill it is to turn over rocks, checking out the salamanders, worms and insects.
I recently purchased a small house near Chautauqua Lake in rural Western NY State near my daughter and grandchildren. Beautiful place to be in the summer.
Hanging with my grandsons, walking Ryder, my daughters Golden Retriever, enjoying the beautiful lake that is nearby.
In 2010 I spent 4 months at two ashrams/yoga centers/ intentional communities; Mount Madonna near Watsonville, CA and the Himalayan Institute in the Pocono Mountains, PA. I am affiliated with Buddhist meditation groups. This practice, essentially non religous in nature has become an important aspect of my being in the world.
I sometimes read incessantly ( I get lost in a good wall paper, graffiti or any written words), walk around, think too much, fantasize, joke at my own expense and seem to get through the day nicely, thank you. Fortunately , I do not talk to myself or appear to be responding to any internal stimuli. I like libraries , book stores, vegan restaurants, and hiking around anywhere, city and country.
I am always open to traveling to new places.
I bird watch.
I get hooked on HBO and Showtime Series with ensemble casts.
I'm here on OKC and would very much like to find a partner in life, a companion in contagious creative living; liberal, family oriented, spontaneous and conscious. I am not looking for someone to make me happy as that is always already here.
I'm quiet and as I warm up wickedly funny or maybe just funny or maybe just wicked depending on the situation.
All kind of movies.
Most of my "news" comes from Democracy Now, NY Times, Bill Maher, The Real News, and listening to the crows around my house. Sometimes the news is so bad I just listen to the crows.
Music-Rairoad Earth, Tom Waits, Rickie Lee Jones, Neko Case, Yo Yo Ma, Doc Watson, Iris Dement, John Prine, Charles Lloyd, Hank Williams (not Jr.), Kinks, Captain Beefheart, Coltrane, Marley, Kronos Quartet, Lucinda Williams, James Brown, Wilco, Beach Boys, The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, Horseflies, Donna the Buffalo and on and on and...
I like Nat Geo Wild on cable particularly that "soap opera" starring monkees in India.
I try to eat fresh food, not quite a vegetarian but just some fish no other meat. I enjoy cooking and eating out at vegan places. Thai, Vietnamese, and etc.