As divisive as politics has become these days, I should mention that I am a proud liberal. I'd rather my tax dollars support education and single payer health care rather than war. I don't think the very wealthy should be able to buy our government. We need hand counted paper ballots; voting machines can be (and often are) rigged.
Still there? Good.
I live in the perfect location! My home is surrounded by trees. When the trees are leafed out, I can't see any other buildings at all. I'm off a dead end road, so it's very quiet and peaceful. I see deer and wild turkeys often, and have seen a coyote and a porcupine. My dogs enjoy the woods and chasing the turkeys.
And yet I'm only a ten minute drive from downtown Wausau, which boasts an amazing performing arts scene, a small but vibrant art museum and even some decent restaurants. The Wisconsin river runs through town, and has a world-class whitewater kayak course. It's fun to watch all the different kayak races. One of these days I may try it myself, tho I haven't yet.
I work a few hours a week with my UU church. For the last several years we've hosted Tibetan Buddhist teachers several times a year. Much to my surprise, I've become very interested in Buddhism. The Tibetan Buddhist teachers I've met seem so happy, peaceful and content. I want more of that in my life, and have been reading texts, attending teachings and meditating for the last few years. I'm calmer and more content because of it.
Last summer I had the opportunity to see/hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama in person, in this huge stadium. It was fascinating and odd at the same time. Guess I was expecting some bit of incisive wisdom to suddenly illuminate my life. No such luck, but I didn't really think that would happen. It was amazing to watch this very famous human chat with a room filled with literally thousands of folks.
My older son lives in Wausau. He is currently undergoing a very ugly divorce, which means I no longer see the step grand girls I had become very close to. Oh, well. My younger son is currently doing temporary work in the docks south of New Orleans and looking for a permanent position. He's an adventurer.
I also play with a string quartet (or sometimes a trio, depending on who's available). We play weddings, dinner parties and the like. It's tons of fun and even brings in a few bucks here and there. I love Celtic music, and play some fiddle tunes myself. I'd love to have a Celtic music jam around here, but no luck yet.
I've been divorced for a gadzillion years and am pretty used to being on my own. Still, it would be nice to find someone special to share my life. Who knows what will happen next? Anything is possible. We never know what life has in store for us, just around the next bend.
I am enthusiastic, impulsive, and welcoming
I've done a little kayaking this summer, tho not nearly enough. It feels great to get out on the water, especially on a warm day. But whatever the weather, it feels like entering another, more natural world, just paddling along on top of the water and looking at the world. When I'm on the water I know that all is not lost.
I love seafood, good steaks, fresh veggies, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, and most anything different from the regular hamburger routine (tho I do enjoy the occasional burger, too). Well made beer and good wine are an important complement to daily life.
Subject to change at whim.....
Tibetan Buddhism. I admire the teachers and practitioners I meet and want some of their joy, serenity, peace and happiness in my life. So I'm doing some reading and trying to see what it's all about.
Family. Children. Raising children. Trying not to think about this too much.
But that's just where I'm at right this moment. Ask me again tomorrow.
Typical? No such thing.