The one thing I am passionate about...
Music: I am a serious amateur classical musician.Language: I am a teacher, writer, and voracious reader.Good conversation about anything with bright, decent people.Doing my bit to create the kind of world I'd want children to live in.I also really, really like good food of all kinds.And I do have a sense of the absurd, despite the solemnity of these remarks!
I typically spend my leisure time
Reading, walking, swimming, singing, going to concerts, theatre, or movies, gardening, or visiting with friends and family. When I have a big stretch of free time, I'm likely to spend it traveling.
The most influential person in my life has been
Integrity--someone who's honest with others and himself, who's working towards an integrated life, who's comfortable in his own skin (or at least realizes it if he isn't!). You don't necessarily need to be someone who's achieved all this already--who has, really?--or someone who is very self-conscious about it, but someone who recognizes and acts on his true priorities and who doesn't want to live a life split up into incoherent parts. A sense of humor and perspective are also important to me.
The first thing people notice about me
My attentiveness and wholeheartedness: I really listen to people, I really think things through, and I really commit myself to things. People probably also pretty quickly notice my low tolerance for bs (call it a side effect of thinking things through).
The last book I read and enjoyed
I'm reading Charles Rosen, "The Classical Style," about Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven: I've never been able to work up that much enthusiasm about Haydn, and this book may convert me. It's getting me to hear and think about him differently. Most recent novel is "Gilead," by Marilynne Robinson, which I liked a lot: it took up kinds of experience that don't often get much attention and wasn't all flashy about it.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- a persistent sense of the goodness and beauty of life, even when times are hard (corny-sounding but true nonetheless)
- other people, especially good friends and a supportive family
- a sense of purpose in work that I enjoy and believe in and that pays the bills
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
I think I can come off as a little austere (in fact, I'm afraid I'm doing it right now). But when it comes down to it I'm a big softie, I really crave (and love to give)affection and passion, and I enjoy ordinary domestic pleasures just as much as artsy, intellectual ones.
Friends Describe me as
Articulate, Dependable, Generous, Intelligent
A little more about me
I love to travel, especially without much in the way of a preconceived itinerary. I've lived in different places in Europe and traveled there a fair amount, and I hope to see much more of the world before I die.I come from a churchy Episcopalian family and am liturgically conservative (i.e., high-church) and theologically and socially very liberal.