The one thing I am passionate about...
I'm in seminary, so I think a lot about liturgy and theology. I am passionate about taking care of other people, books, good writing, poetry, travel, children, and dogs. I am always reading at least one book (and usually more than one--theology, poetry, mystery novels--anything that's well-crafted.) I tend to do things with my whole self or not at all, and I love language with a helpless passion.
I typically spend my leisure time
I usually read or talk to people, or watch movies. Words and ideas fascinate me; I love beautiful things. I enjoy having coffee with people for the sheer pleasure of hearing their stories. I give dinner parties. I go to every play and concert I can. Also, I'm gleefully teaching myself to cook--in a toaster oven. This is an exercise in persistence (or, as my grandfather used to say...sheer cussedness). I also like to hang out with my various aunts, uncles, and cousins (I have a gaggle of them, spread up and down the East Coast.)
The most influential person in my life has been
I am looking for somebody who loves God and loves being alive...everything else follows from that.
The first thing people notice about me
I use a wheelchair, every day, all day. The chair is my way of walking. Most people see that right away--and then forget about it. I actually love to hike, swim, and horseback ride, though outdoor activities require a little ingenuity. Someday, I'm going to find a way to go hang-gliding. Or maybe hike part of the Appalachian trail.
The last book I read and enjoyed
"The Man Born to Be King," by Dorothy Sayers. It's a cycle of twelve plays based on the Gospels. The writing was superb. It made me think, and it gave me new ideas and images to play with. I have also just finished re-reading the Lord of the Rings, Marilynn Robinson's "Housekeeping," and "Middlemarch" (which was enthralling..)
The three things which I am most thankful for
- I am doing work that I love--studying for a life of ministry
- I have very close friends, and I love my family
- I live a life bursting with possibilities
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
I am much less serious than many people see right away. I love to laugh--and love people who can make me laugh. I like playing with dogs and children...and I like doing silly, spontaneous things.
Friends Describe me as
Caring, Intelligent, Perceptive, Spiritual
A little more about me
I'm an Episcopalian, but I'm studying for ordination at a Methodist Divinity School. (Figure that one out...) My family are mostly Methodists and Lutherans, so I'm quite comfortable with those traditions. At some point, I hope to do doctoral work in theology and ethics. After ordination, I'll probably divide my time between parish/hospital ministry and teaching. Oh, and I grew up in Germany and France. I speak French fairly fluently and German only when I'm half-asleep...or when I'm teasing my older brother.