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  • Breathing, smiling and laughing. Taking life one day at a...
  • Completed my B.A. at College of Santa Fe
  • From Sussex county, NJ
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About Me


To love & be loved.


Hey, I'm Dara! I am a writer/photographer with a mild form of Cerebral Palsy (I walk with a slight limp.) I moved back to Jersey in August 2010. (In December 2010, I moved to the essex county area from Sussex County, NJ. In 2010, I received a B.A. in Creative Writing from the College of Santa Fe.

I'm really interested in photography, reading, writing, painting, camping, museums, zoos, aquariums, diners, poetry readings, coffee/tea, "Fake"egg sandwiches, road trips, wasabi, Chinatown in New York City the disability rights movement, jumping in piles of autumn leaves, maple syrup and orange juice among other things. I'm pretty outgoing and possibly way too friendly for the east coast.

A little more about me:
I'm a straight-edge, vegan Buddhist. (you don't have to be!)
I was raised in a state forest and love to camp, fish, hike (you know, all that outdoorsy jazz)
I write poetry and non-fiction. I also enjoy photography and painting.
I played the drums as a child (only for a few years.) I would love to start up again.

I'm a question asker and knowledge seeker trying to find couches to crash on during my time in Santa Fe, NM from September 12th-24th. Let me know if you can help a sister out!


I believe everyone (and everything) in the Universe is connected. I am no better than anything else (or anyone) on the planet and treat others as such.

I believe in Love.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


In life:

Breathing, smiling, laughing and saying "It's a wonderful day, isn't it?" to strangers on the street!

In regards to couchsurfing.org:

Sadly, I can't host anyone at the moment. But if you are in the Essex county area, I'd love to hang out so shoot me a message!


Just joined the site on August 29th 2012. No CouchSurfing experience to speak of.


See 'All About You' section above!

  • fish
  • writing
  • poetry
  • photography
  • coffee
  • vegan
  • meditation
  • reading
  • painting
  • jazz
  • drums
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • camping
  • biology
  • road trips

Music, Movies, and Books

Authors/Poets: Lynda Hull, Dave Eggers, The Dalai Lama, Ram Dass, Edgar Cayce, Jonathan Lethem, Eve Ensler, David Sedaris, David Small, Augusten Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsburg, Gregory Corso, Saul Williams, Kim Addonizio, Dana Levin, William Carlos Williams, Sharon Olds, Matthew Dickman, Michael Dickman, Jonathan Safran Foer, Junot Diaz
Movies: Netflix is where it's at!+: Foreign Films (with subtitles,) Documentaries, Indie Comedies, Turner Classics
-: Horror Movies. I don't watch 'em.
Music: I'm open to whatever music you want to show me. Here are some of my favorites: John Lennon, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Patti Smith, Nirvana, Bif Naked, Hole, Paper Bird, The Books, The Distillers, Kimya Dawson, Leftover Crack, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Sunn O))), Bessie Smith, Aesop Rock, DJ Sammy, Atmosphere, Pink, Placebo, Elliott Smith, Tom Petty, Ani DiFranco, Hank III, Saul Williams, Bob Dylan, Sublime, The Raconteurs, Phish, Neil Young, Kanye West, Radiohead, Elvis.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Every day is amazing to me because I am alive to experience life!

My life has been pretty interesting! Feel free to ask me about it!

Teach, Learn, Share

Buddhist/Vegan/New Age Movement
Poetry/Creative Writing
Disability Rights Movement
Biology (My father is a Biologist!)

Countries I’ve Visited

Greece, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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