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constantly striving to improve my life and city
I love to travel and haven't done enough of it yet. I live in Indianapolis because it's an inexpensive place to finish school and save money for traveling. After that, who knows?!
I love WWOOF and intend to volunteer my way across the world someday (someday soon(!) I also adore coffee and have worked on and off as a barista since I was just a youngin'. I pour a mean cappucino. I would love it if I could someday combine my devotion to organic farm practices with helping to develop a more sustainable coffee world. This would, of course, bring me closer in proximity to beaches than Indiana can offer =)
I try to run a silkscreening business out of my basement but can't keep up. I love Etsy! It is my other internet addiction.
I love learning about how we can be more friendly towards the environment. I also love to cook and eat, to learn about farming in other societies and to make and build a wide assortment of things!
" There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground..." Rumi
"Human beings, unique in the ability to learn from the mistakes of others are also unique in their complete disinclination to do so."
"Let's think the unthinkable, let's do the undoable, let's prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all."
— Douglas Adams
"may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living..." ee cummings
"If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something." Kurt Vonnegut, from Man Without a Country
Kurt is my hometown hero, someone I alternately admire and am shocked by-- both because of his profound honesty.
I love to read and write and dream. More than anything I like to learn.
I like architecture, history, ancient civilizations, astronomy, languages, geology...
Two words I really like are- discombobulated & galavant. My favorite literary devices are- alliteration and apostrphe.
I am an avid gardener and love farmers and being more friendly towards the earth. Ultimately, I want to live simply and work hard, when I forget this I must remember how good the world has been to me
I love bike riding, and watching movies. I love to knit and spin yarn and sew and make things. I love conversation and learning new things. I like taking yoga. I like kombucha. I like refinishing old wood furniture. I like handmade soap. I like taking pictures. I love live music. I love scratchy old jazz records. I like to play board games (esp. scrabble or Balderdash, but anything goes!) I love a good thrift store. I like to laugh. I can't wait to be a museum pilgram, but I also like a good long hike.
I am a person of moments, and find myself enjoying just about everything I do-- I find this to be my biggest asset =)
Music, Movies, and Books
I like anything and all of them.
Currently obsessed with...
Barbara Kingsolver, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Diane di Prima, Bill Bryson, John Stienbeck, J.D. Salinger, Herman Hesse, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Jane Austen, Joseph Campbell, Albert Camus, Vladmir Nabokov, Diane Ackerman, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Roald Dahl, Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, Ayn Rand, Milan Kundera, John Berger, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, Tom Robbins, e.e. cummings,T.S. Eliot, Antoine St. Exupery.....on and on.
I am currently up to my neck in discarded travel guides(I love it when people write notes in the back!) cookbooks, assorted non-fiction and gardening books. I have a soft spot in my heart for books on the English language, and really just philology.
I can also gravitate towards all types of NYT best sellers (which I usually consider guilty pleasure reading) I loved Michael Pollan's An Omnivore's Dilemma and also became smitten with Eat, Pray, Love.
Music, any and all, I get a lot of NPR in my life, and there are always my old stand-bys. Modest Mouse, Pedro the Lion, Nickelcreek, Radiohead, The Frames, Damien Rice, Moldy Peaches, Aimee Mann, Devendra Banhart, Iron and Wine, Mountain Goats, Joanna Newsome, The Shins
and then things like Yann Tiernsen, Billie Holiday, The Beatles, Violent Femmes, The Clash, Elvis Costello, REM, Rollings Stones, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, MIles Davis, Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash
I am mostly indiscriminate and embrace new things- So throw new music at me!
a roommate once managed the Indie cinema in town so I saw all sorts of good movies, but I'm usually the person who hasn't seen the cult classic that everyone insists I need to see. I run out of time for movies. I like documentaries and art-house films, but usually the delicate and pretty kind. I don't really enjoy watching violence unless it is from a historical perspective. I also like the Masterpiece Theatres, and tend to watch Science of Sleep or Arrested Development when I need brain-rot fodder.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I worked with the Obama campaign in Indiana this year; it was an amazing learning experience and rewarding in so many ways, the least of which was a victory for the democratic party in Indiana for the first time since 1964. It felt good.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach you how to make some yummy food. You can read my books and even borrow one for the flight if you want to. I can also teach you how to sew, make yarn, knit. I make a mean guacamole.
I'll be your friend forever if you write me a poem in another language.
I'd like to learn how to fold origami, play guitar* and I am always on the lookout for a tastier curry recipe.
I'd also love to learn to crochet, as my mom tried to teach me when I was a kid and it just didn't work out
hmm.. it appears I want to learn disproportionate to the amount I can teach
*I mean it about the guitar part! I have lived with so many music majors and I still can't play the gosh darn guitar! Sometimes I have these really vague dreams where I am completely magnanimously happy gliding through different places and when I wake up I realize that I have been simultaneously rollerskating and playing guitar. I have only mastered one of these things so happiness is just out of reach- that is where you come in!
I mostly just want to make new friends here-- you can teach me.