The one thing I am passionate about...
Parenting my two kids--it's the hardest and best thing I have ever done. Secondly, I've really enjoyed obedience training with my dogs--you learn a lot from the process of figuring out how to "explain" what you want to an animal. It's really taught me a lot about patience, perseverance, and humility.
I typically spend my leisure time
Reading, gardening, training dogs, shopping, going to movies or the theater. Ocean beaches are my favorite place on earth, but now that I live in Minnesota that isn't an option....
The most influential person in my life has been
Genuineness--a sense that the person is comfortable in his skin and in his life--very grounded and sure of what his core beliefs and principles are. A person who sincerely wants a strong relationship, and is willing to do the work and have the fun that that implies.
The first thing people notice about me
I have a somewhat dry sense of humor--midwesterners sometimes find it "sarcastic," but back where I grew up (Boston suburb) we called it "normal."
The last book I read and enjoyed
I read a lot of journal articles, editted volumes, abstracts, and textbooks for work. For fun, I like a good mystery story (love authors Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, Patricia Cornwall, Tami Hoag, Iris Johansson). I'm also enjoying the books by Pema Chodron on Buddhist philosophy--learning to accept things as they are and see them clearly and not get bent out of shape....all ideas I find intriguing.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- My two kids--terrific bright spots in my life.
- My hobby of dog training--I've met a ton of great friends through it.
- A good job that lets me do what I enjoy and provides me with resources to raise my kids in a good place.
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
Though I don't have a "Bawstan" accent, I probably have internalized a sort of East-Coast directness that I can't seem to make morph into constant Minnesota niceness.
Friends Describe me as
Affectionate, Dependable, Genuine, Intelligent
A little more about me
Lots, but I assume that will come with email exchanges....