The one thing I am passionate about...
Over the years, my passionate focuses have peaked and ebbed depending on my circumstances (family, prior professions, physical surroundings, etc.) At this juncture of my life, I find I am most passionate about discovering the true nature of our personal reality; that undercurrent of life which directs and harmonizes us with the physical world and much of it's illusions. The journey to awareness can sometimes be brutally frustrating, but always compelling and fascinating with all of it's permutations -- and revelations.
I typically spend my leisure time
Currently working in a profession which requires a great deal of my evenings and weekends, I have far less leisure time than I wish--a situation I am working on altering. When I'm not trying to catch up on the everyday things, I do find some time to spend by the water (I live only a few blocks from a small beach), and see my friends whenever I can coordinate with their schedules. I am interested in many things -- the never-ending array of activities this time and place offers are always alluring (especially when shared). I love to read and am a sucker for good movies and documentaries.
The most influential person in my life has been
A sincere, intelligent, introspective (and intellectual without being pretentious) man who tries to embrace reality with curiosity, humor and compassion. Perhaps one, who like myself, has gotten caught up in the business of maintaining his life while neglecting to notice that the years have gone by and he has not been experiencing an integral aspect of living. A man who can understand my desire to believe that it is not too late to be given the immeasurable gift of knowing that there is one with whom I can share the secrets of the soul.
The first thing people notice about me
Without taking a survey, I really have no idea. Hopefully, my accessibility.
The last book I read and enjoyed
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. A young, motherless girl in search of her past. Along the way, intersecting with a group of somewhat bizarre but wonderful women, and in the end discovering "the strange and wondrous places we find love". Everything one loves in a work of fiction: A really good "story", compellingly written so that you feel truly amongst them on every page.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- my health
- my ability to have transcended difficulties and tragedy yet still truly be able to feel awe and wonder
- my wonderful circle of long-time friends--always there even during periods when I've been somewhat elusive
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
That I am not quite as serious as I may first appear. Although I don't always recognize it in myself, I have often been told that I can be quite funny.
Friends Describe me as
Articulate, Intelligent, Thoughtful, Warm
A little more about me
I am politically and socially liberal and, generally speaking, view life from a left-of-center perspective. However, I am also rational & reasonable and always have at least one foot firmly planted on planet earth. Although my life has been sufficient unto itself for some time now, as probably many others on this site I am acting on a growing desire to share the essence and the "stuff" of life, be it for dinner and a movie and some good conversation, or for whatever magic may lie beneath.