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My self-summary
I'm more interested in being and doing than in getting and spending. Indulging my curiosity is one of life's greatest pleasures; I'm always finding a new experience. I believe how we feel is more important than what we think. I trust my intuition, and make decisions based on values not just rules or logic. My humor is off-center...I appreciate irony, but dislike cynicism. I know when and how to be silly, as well as when and how to be serious.

The work I do, I do first for satisfaction, and secondly for money. I seek to follow my nature in ways that benefit the people and the world around me, as well as benefiting myself.

I'm active, fit, do enough running to be called a runner (it's my cosmic telephone,) but I stop to pet dogs, too. I kayak and sail, and generally enjoy messing about in boats and being on or near water. I'm comfortable keeping my own company, but relationships are most important, so I try to listen, pay attention to them, and try to nurture them with respect, honesty, and trust. I'm willing and able to express myself: my opinions, my aspirations, my dreams, my fears. I'll give you an answer if you ask "what are you thinking," and I won't necessarily wait to be asked to share what I'm feeling.

I'll be interested in what you have to say, in your sense of humor, in what you're feeling and doing. I'll support your dreams and aspirations. I'll celebrate and commiserate with you; work together or play together; share a quiet conversation, or a comfortable silence.
What I’m doing with my life
Long ago and far away, I got an undergraduate degree in Library Science; then an MBA. I used these degrees during a 20 year corporate life. For another 20 years, my livelihood came from working with my hands and my heart, doing massage therapy, using neuromuscular and deep tissue techniques, and also doing basic carpentry, home repair and maintenance, and small remodeling projects. Both crafts allowed me to work with people with whom I connect, and enhance their lives.

I'm still working with my hands and my heart, but now it's connecting with seniors. After spending three years working at an assisted living community, (It was heartwarming, uplifting, gratifying, horrifying, exhausting, and depressing -- all at the same time. Life is truly a circle.) I'm back to being self-employed, building a retirement career doing home maintenance with the intention to help seniors stay in their homes longer.

And I write.
I’m really good at
Listening, relating, and supporting.
The first things people usually notice about me
Well, I can't say for sure... I hope they notice that I'm interested in who they are and what they have to say, and what's going on in their lives.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read mostly fiction, usually looking for "a good story well told", with character development, and dialog that rings true. I admire a well crafted sentence. I'm also continually reading bits of Chuang Tzu's "Basic Writings," and Lao Tzu's two collections of reflections. I read 3 to 4 books a month. I like sweetly weird, off-beat quirky movies that have interesting characters, that involve simple twists of fate and that make observations about life's ironies.

Some favorites:
Music: Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, Bill Frissell, My Morning Jacket, Anonymous 4, KUMD, KFAI.
Painters: Hopper, Sargent, Homer, Heade, Whistler.
Writers: Parker, Haaisen, Harrison, Sandford, Faulkner, Melville, Conrad, Frost, LeGuin, Russo.
Food: Thai, Chinese, Pasta, ice cream on waffles, apples on crackers

Golden Retrievers, stars, the Red Sox, Triumphs... Anywhere near water, trees, wind, weather... Lake Superior, trails, Pike Island, the Stone Arch Bridge, along the river and creek, the Riverview, MIA, the Weisman, the Conservatory, libraries, The Literary Loft, my backyard.
Six things I could never do without
Things, huh? OK, other than life's neccessities (I'll answer in the spirit of the question rather than literally)... running shoes, books, tools, boats, music recordings, transportation.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The way things are. They way things could be. Ways to help. What there is to be thankful for. My spiritual philosophy borrows from Taoism, Native American and Australian Aboriginal cultures, and Golden Retrievers. It's all a mystery -- I'm OK with not knowing 'til we get there, and believe in treating each other well while we're on our way.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't own a television.
You should message me if
You're a woman with a balanced approach to life -- intellectually, physically, and spiritually active. You're emotionally honest. You have a sense of compassion and a sense of adventure. You remember who you are, even when life becomes confusing. You pursue your passions and have fun doing it. You laugh out loud when someone or something pleases you, you're comfortable keeping your own company, but you value companionship, too. You're a friend, buddy, and lover who shares adventures, interests, and, more importantly, values.
The two of us