The one thing I am passionate about...
Passionate about large-breed canines and canine rescues. Passionate about helping others discover, trust and use their gifts to make their communities and world a better, more hope-filled place. Passionate about a greater need for fine arts education for people of all ages.
I typically spend my leisure time
walking the dog; being near the lake walking but near, not "on" the lake; painting - canvas or furniture for upcycling/recycling projects; travel to new places, non-touristy places like small towns that hold amazing cafes with homemade pies; taking care of the garden; reading often; and sometimes just sitting still with a really good cup of coffee on the front porch... or sitting on a friend's deck having a beer.
The most influential person in my life has been
I need someone authentic, self-confident, and Christ-centered. Someone who envisions a relationship where we are partners, encouraging one another, learning from each other, and still loving the other person for all their idiosyncrasies.
The first thing people notice about me
very Irish eyes, that indeed do smile.
The last book I read and enjoyed
I could name something terribly heady like "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown... or something light as Spencer Quinn's Chet & Bernie series, beginning with "Dog On It"... they are hilarious novels of a gumshoe detective and his big black dog Chet (who narrates the novels of course.) Sometimes you just need to laugh!!
The three things which I am most thankful for
- the gift of education that keeps me wondering, questioning, growing in my ability to think big
- a community where i belong and am at home, welcomed for exactly who i am
- creativity and imagination; a yearning to look beyond what is, to see what might be
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
Because the work I do demands a lot of me publicly, I have to work at keeping a balanced private life. I need someone to be with, where I don't always have to be the 'strong' one or the calm, non-anxious presence. I truly am not functional in the morning until I have had about five cups of coffee, time to meditate, time to walk the dog. Sometimes I come home emotionally drained from work, and my words might be short, my mood hard to read... just give me a minute, a cold drink, my feet up on the footstool, a few deep breaths and I'll snap back to my usual self in no time, especially if someone else is cooking dinner.
Friends Describe me as
Articulate, Energetic, Passionate, Spiritual