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My self-summary
Bob Dylan once sang, "The country I come from is called the Midwest." Definitely me--in my case the St. Louis area, despite having left it many many years ago (like 1980s!). But I've also called Alaska, Chile, North Carolina, France, California, Montana, Seattle, and a few places in between home at various points in my life too. Super curious about far too many things. Healthy. Fit. Unorthodox. If you checked out my photos, you probably learned that I LOVE the water and care about my health and connecting with nature. Also, I don't see likes on OKC.
What I’m doing with my life
Practicing what I preach (daily), geting my new book published as soon as I can, smiling at strangers, being mindful of the moment and the big picture, every day trying to do at least one good thing. This is key: starting each day with a cup of Earl Grey tea, of course.
I’m really good at
Passing people half my age when I run uphill on trails (a guilty pleasure), getting to know complete strangers and finding we have a hell of a lot in common, where ever I am.
The first things people usually notice about me
My ears stick out. They come from my grandpa. I like them a lot. And I like to smile when I feel good.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies: Groundhog Day (perfection), Chungking Express (defines cool), The Shawshank Redemption (when I need a pick me up), Casablanca (must I explain), and more.
Books: I love the American private detective genre (an underappreciated and American art firm); Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft; A Christmas Carol.
Music: Anything that sounds good, because if it sounds good, it is good.
Food: Anything wholesome, minimally processed, spicy, and fresh. You won't find junk or processed food in my cupboards or fridge. I eat oats for breakfast and live for Earl Grey tea.
Six things I could never do without
My three alarm clocks. My running shoes. My bikes. My passport. My cameras (all of them including my beloved analog Nikons and Leica). My friends. My brilliant life story.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Honoring what life truly wants me to do--and knowing what that is. Funny how each day can change things and require creative responses.
On a typical Friday night I am
None of my recent Fridays has been typical. I might be recovering from or preparing a surf adventure that requires a 4 or 5 a.m. wake up call (love!). Half the fun of an expedition is preparing for one and than sharing the stories about them.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
On the nerdy side, as a former reporter and erstwhile public health nerd, I admire stubborn ass-kickers like Dr. Hanna-Attisha, the doctor in Flint who made a difference. (
You should message me if
You think getting to know people takes time--but please trust your eyes too. You like getting grubby at work or play. If you have cowgirl sas (well, that's what I call it, and love it too). If you can find out of the way spots like Moroti and Byron Bay on a map, or maybe have seen a sunrise at Varanasi. Perhaps if you have brown eyes (it's not required). That may mean we have stories to share, and hopefully laugh about. FYI, I can't see the "likes," if you choose to use those. I won't be able to respond.
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