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My self-summary
touching you

your poetry is wet
it beads up under my finger

tracing your scars like a lifeline
like dew on a pane of glass
i spell my name and
the page swells with desire
it bleeds for me

i dip my finger
into the ripple
reach into your reflection
touch your face

Welcome. Thank you for visiting my site. I hope you like what you see and will drop me a line.

I am playful, tender, and tenacious
What I’m doing with my life
Struggling mightily to stay connected to the stream of history, those who are committed to using their lives to change the planet.
I’m really good at
working and playing with children and teenagers, singing my songs, smiling, learning from history, speaking out (can’t help it), giggling, kissing, cuddling, caressing, writing, learning and teaching, listening, caring.
The first things people usually notice about me
my smile, my boundless energy! my playfulness, sincerity, my commitment, & the twinkle in my eye (thanks, Grandma! y gracias, Nono)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music that moves me: Abbey LincolnAlbert KingArethaBillie HolidayBjörk (Iceland)• Bob FrankeBruce Cockburn (Canada) • Buddy GuyBukka WhiteChris ChandlerDanya RiverDar WilliamsDavid RovicsDmitri Shostokovich (Russia)• Hanns Eisler (Germany)• Howling WolfIndigo GirlsJeff Lang (Australia) • John ColtraneJunior Wells & Buddy GuyLeon Chávez Teixeiro (México) • Lucinda WilliamsMartin SextonMuddy WatersNina SimonePatty GriffinPatty LarkinRobert JohnsonRubén Blades (Panama) • Shawn ColvinSigur Rós (Iceland) • Tom Prasada-RaoTom WaitsTracy ChapmanVictor Jara (Chilé)

Some poets who move me: Bertolt Brecht (Germany) • César Vallejo (Perú) • James ScullyLangston HughesMarge PiercyNazim Hikmet (Turkey) • Pablo Neruda (Chile) • Philip LevineRoque Dalton (El Salvador)

Books that have influenced me (to name a few): Fanshen by William Hinton, In the Fog of the Season's End by Alex La Guma, Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire, Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan. I recently finished The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz, and am currently reading The Cross and the Arrow by Albert Maltz, an adventure novel about resistance against the Nazis. I also read The New York Times daily, Yoga Journal, and Performing Songwriter.

OK, movies: Night & Fog, Matewan; Burn! (with Marlon Brando and a conscience for once--classic); more recently, Children of Men (riveting and prescient, if flawed); on the lighter side: Groundhog Day, Quick Change, Fisher King. I'll admit I fell for Y Tu Mamá También.

I am a vegetarian--fairly vegan, although not strictly. I love to cook.
Six things I could never do without
I think I could (would have to) do without anything life might deprive me of, if it were beyond my control, but if I had any power to prevent it, I do cherish my voice, my guitar, pencil and paper, my political outlook, & my commitment to a world turned right side up.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
1) uniting people of all nations; 2) the (historical) truth; 3) combatting social denial; and 4) the music that travels in every molecule of air
On a typical Friday night I am
Listening to music, seeing a concert, singing and playing guitar, or some restorative yoga…
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
online dating is on the precipice of falling into a shopping mall
You should message me if
you care, if you dare.
The two of us