The one thing I am passionate about...
I'm passionate about a lot of things - family, the political economy of childbirth in America, homeschooling, social change, the environment, spiritual evolution, but I'm pretty unassuming. I'm also passionate about "playing nice in the sandbox" - taking time to listen and saying something real (and hopefully fun) in return.
I typically spend my leisure time
Hiking, gardening, spending time with friends and their families
The most influential person in my life has been
Integrity, a sense of humor, a sense of responsibility and protectiveness, wisdom, brains - the whole package that makes a person who they are.
The first thing people notice about me
The last book I read and enjoyed
Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes. I stupidly tried for years to convince family, my Alma Mater, in-laws and cousins that a deeper feminism could be achieved not by pretending to be a man, but by stepping completely outside our consumer-cultural box and radically dying fibers for rugs and clothing, canning home grown tomatoes, raising hens for eggs, giving birth at home, using cloth diapers, and raising homegrown, home fed kids - all in the suburbs. Turns out that I was merely 15 years ahead of my time. Makes me want to go back and hold up this book and say, "You see? I'm not the only one!" Radical domesticity, thumbs up!
The three things which I am most thankful for
- The beauty of where we live
- Spending time with friends and our kids
- The karmic dividends of successful parenting
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
Perhaps that I'm a much deeper and more reasoned thinker and so much more intentional than I generally allow people to know, especially at first. I just think it's kinder and gentler and more effective and stable to let one's true self reveal itself over time, through experience. The drawback of this is that it takes time, and we live in a culture that seeks instant gratification and judges hastily. Slow is so much more meaningful and engaging.
Friends Describe me as
Articulate, Hard Working, Perceptive, Spiritual