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meet artists, collectives, and sustainable communities for collaboration!
inquisitive of nature.
We are alive to feel, to sense, to flow... less rushing, more skipping. Better: Dance!!!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
i've hosted several couchsurfers at each of my cooperative living spaces in santa barbara, bands, and visiting friends and relatives. I'd love to meet elders and adopt a grandmother!
While living in Austin, Texas, hosted a bunch of lovely visitors from the east coast.
I tend to be overly hospitable, so I'm learning how to chill out about it all, in deporting the crumbs.
making art-- visual, performance art, emphasizing community, and public participation. learning. collectives. cooking. cleaning. singing through the lungs, in tunnels. breathing clear air. stepping into the sky. newness. hula hooping; dancing; banjo-ing. little bookstores, making little books; typography; sewing, pasting, knitting. underground radio, community activism. collecting rare fossilized beauties; looking at family pictures and sorting them; assembling scrapbooks. libraries. museums. handwritten letters. tea & coffee processing, reading, foraging, reusing, gardening, writing, running, hiking, biking, white water rafting, bouldering. dreaming. hands. moss, maple, amber, bark, autumn sun, harvest dust, cornfields, tulips. berry vines. frugality, serendipity, timelessness. raw chocolate making. birthday parties, weddings, reunions, starting parties on sidewalks. baths. simplicity. marbles, swings, hop-scotch, jump rope, skip-it, bubbles, mud. scent of sand paper and sawdust. mustard flowers, honeycomb, lavender, chicory, licorice, clove, cardamom, turmeric, ginger, echinacea, rosemary, mint, citrus zest, ylang ylang. rhubarb magenta; tangerine ORANGE; carribean aqua-turquoise. hand-made, heart-made. the way the body moves. Bulgaria, Cambodia, Portugal, Brazil, Iceland, Bolivia, Cuba. Samba. masquerades, rituals, traditions, storytelling. tribes. kindness. mindfulness; freestyle cypher; retrieving lost cultural identities of ancient land and peoples. confronting my fears of time passing, and drowning; discussing the aforementioned and anything else at all. befriending neighbors and strangers, and stranger neighbors. live music shows, live dance performances, stage productions; karaoke. transcendentalism. awakenings. revolutions. ceremonies. starting parties on or off the dance floor. giving love. sharing. empathy. laughter. crying laughter, sexy-pasta laughter [ask], and disturbing-restaurant-conversation laughter. experiences with smiley crying eyes. risks. human power. wilderness. mother nature. maps; the uncharted paths. intuition. the beating heart. the pulsing mind streams.
Music, Movies, and Books
yes, yes, yes.
folky, gypsy, tango, electronic, minimal, down tempo, shoe-gaze, ragtime, vocal performance, jazz, folk-rock, underground community radio music shows, freestyle, ritual rhythms, instrumental, disco, motown, funk, girl group doo-wop, tribal meditative, cambodian, west african psychadelia, bulgarian folk, italian, french new wave synth pop, 90s grunge, psychedlic, pop, traditional italian, cuban baila, classic rock, old school rap and underground hip-hop, dub-step, drum and bass, classical, old time-y blues, brazillia, bachata, merengue, salsa, tango!
accordian, harmonica, trumpet, saxophone, banjo, piano, fiddle, drums, xylaphone, tambourine, la tambora, la guira.
el topo, luiz diaz & sietenueve: intifada, caetano veloso, rokia traore, nina simone, susana baca, joao gilberto, joan baez, mariee sioux, sibylle baier, karen dalton, vetiver, golden ghost, white magic, tickly feather, pure ecstacy, animal collective, the toxic avenger, ariel pink's haunted grafitti, mstrkrft, boards of canada, talkdemonic, otis redding, rosa passos, deep puddle dynamics, benoit pioulard, june madrona, colleen, pepe y flora, company segundo, mr. oizo, junior boys, justice, the chemical brothers, the bloody beetroots, mirah, nedelle, beach house, diane cluck, bowerbirds, alela diane, joanna newsom, buffy sainte marie, arlo guthrie, dave rawlings machine, gillian welch, liz durrett, ora cogan, willam onyeabor, armadou and miriam, the underscore orkestra, the fishtank ensemble, julie dioron, neko case, my morning jacket, wilco, the avett brothers, pearl jam, paul simon and art garfunkel, patty griffin, joni mitchell, judy collins, patsy cline, loretta lynn, peggy lee, the wailin' jennys, mindy smith, jolie holland, janis joplin, big brother and holding co, sandy denny, fairport convention, the shaky hands, hope sandoval, built to spill, bart davenport, the gossip, dat'r, bark hide and horn, binary dolls, joanne robertson, the battle of land and sea, the be good tanyas, sholi, taken by trees, gotan project, bomba estereo, cesoria evora, julieta venegas, amalia rodriques, nina simone, skip james, ben and bruno, sister crayon, pregnant, mucky the ducky, silver pines, golden shoulders, elizabeth cotton, common, j boogie, RJD2, talib kweli, woodie guthrie, TLC, blackalicious, sade, the sundays, the cranberries, salt 'n' peppa.
books: very old books-- dusty, unraveling at the spine.
travel literature, instructional DIY zines, world atlases; spanish, russian, greek, italian, portuguese, bulgarian, turkish, french, and english dictonaries; physical and cultural geographical texts.
the heart of darkness and secret sharer; bless me, ultima; the secret life of bees; the time traveler's wife; yellow raft in blue water; sweet thursday; night; the four agreements; Ovid's art of love; the mastery of love; the art of power; think on these things; the hungry caterpillar; lyle the crocodile; kiss kiss; james and the giant peach; the great gatsby; to kill a mockingbird; the hands of day; night; ishmael; the glass castle; complete works of sandra cisneros, joyce carol oates, pablo neruda, william carlos williams, emily dickinson, walt whitman, e.e. cummings, mary oliver.
independent films, some old black and whites, documentaries; french, vietnamese film, explicit films, art films by carolee schneeman and maria abramovich.
--semiotics of the kitchen; fuses; life is beautiful; brokedown palace; station agent; pieces of april; dancer in the dark; love me if you dare; rouge, bleu, blanc; norte musique; the diving bell and the butterfly; best in show; slacker; the daytrippers; party girl; festival express; isle of wight; slam; SlamNation; Tango!; waiting for guffman; groundhog day; the man who knew too little; what about bob; desperately seeking susan; life is beautiful; saftey of objects; romeo and juliet; donnie darko; the secret life of words; princess mononoke; thumblina; a little princess; west side story; amelie; do the right thing.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
biking oregon in autumn, descending down the oregon coastal range and crying while it rained in complete nirvana and purity and ecstacy. waterfalls in oregon. barefoot hiking in the sierras and the grand canyon. biked the aufderhiede in central oregon, spotting permeating yellows-- leafs and leafs, and gathering them in and about Cougar Hot Springs (another time the sky was sifting snowflakes down on our warm pond lips). spiraled into garden home of insect-digesting bluby plants, californica draconia, after tunneling through a disappearing ascending staircase of twine and moss, where humans transform into moles. hula hooped with a beautiful luthuanian with laughter so contagious I may gasp, and gasp, and GASP!
Teach, Learn, Share
see new! make new! cook, dance, write, sing!
Urgency: practice conversational Spanish, Portuguese; learn tango, syncronized partner hoop (lyra) dancing, rock climbing, banjo songs, accordion, lace knitting, herbal remedies, more frugality of travel.
I can teach you about seeing, perception of words, vegetarian soups, baked goods, how to tie knots, sew, make a book, start a compost pile for your organic garden that we'll make. And you know, we can reuse almost anything. I can help you fix some things on your bike; my favorite stretching routines, how to coreograph a dance.
We can always learn about ourselves, from what we see in others.
Countries I’ve Visited
Germany, Italy, Portugal, Puerto Rico, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Portugal, Puerto Rico, United States