I have a lot of energy for intimate friendships and relationships, love expressing myself creatively to those I care about, and really enjoy it when others are comfortable doing the same.
It was very hard to leave my family behind. My dad had a very severe stroke a year and a bit ago, which brought me home from Europe in the first place. He's completely unable to speak or take care of himself, and he's sort of started to feel like my son more than anything else. I got so much out of trying to help him and my mother, but that can't be my life any longer. It was nice while it lasted, and I learned a lot. Fuck if it wasn't boring sometimes, though.
2015: I'm in between things right now. My family has always been very close, and we've all seen a fair amount of tragedy in the last five years. So for the next little while, I'm devoted to being there for my mom and making my dad's life as worthwhile and full of happiness and small achievement as possible. Which is exactly what he did for me when I was younger.
I'm still doing daily academic work as well, and when I have free time, I tend to find a secluded spot down by the local river and appreciate the kinds of things I used to take for granted. I swim there fairly often, which I used to do as a teenager, and watch the birds mate. I'm even getting used to the hunting spiders, and I like to watch them go about their lives.
getting lost in conversation
I've been reading a lot of non-fiction at the moment. Lots of things about the middle east, religious violence, and religious rituals. I'm a real barrel of laughs.
I love music above all else, and listen to classical, jazz, and pop. Pop-wise, I like the standard 60's and 70's classics, as well as lots of different modern things (Joanna Newsom, Bill Callahan, Will Oldham, and loud non-folk albums).
In the last couple of years, I've really liked The Knife, Kendrik Lamar, Oneohtrix Point Never, Sun Kil Moon, Father John Misty, St. Vincent, and Destroyer.
I like Bergman and Truffaut movies, and almost anything from Eastern Europe. I love Curb Your Enthusiasm, Louis C.K. and the British Office.
my sense of humor
the great outdoors