The one thing I am passionate about...
This journey. I keep being surprised with learning, how much is new again, rediscovered, all that we find and lose and find again through the years. Reading, good conversation, music, poetry, all the things that add grace to these days. I'm passionate about kindness, the difference small offerings can make in someone's day or life ... recognizing there are times we all need tending and comfort. Passionate about listening, really trying to hear each other. I love laughter and silliness based on playfulness, appreciation, affectionate teasing. And dogs, their sweet abandon, how they let themselves love the world.
I typically spend my leisure time
Reading, walking the hills, traveling, sharing time with friends, listening to music
The most influential person in my life has been
Someone who's a good listener, who wants to hear what others have to offer .. curiosity and the compassion that's part of it. And being able to laugh well.
The first thing people notice about me
My being present, interested.
The last book I read and enjoyed
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. A strange, other-worldly kind of book .. much of it written as if by an old man. (How this 20-something author did that amazes me.)It weaves all of these stories together ... history, time unfolding. Yearning, disappointment, grace and the sweet possibilities that all coexist
The three things which I am most thankful for
- Good friendships, companionship, laughter, wisdom as we all keep trying to find our way
- The ability to listen well to other people's stories,to hear what they've learned and have to teach
- French tulips, kindness, rain, tenderness, good poetry, the blues, grace,
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
Perhaps my silliness, playfulness that often doesn't show until I know people a little better.
Friends Describe me as
Articulate, Good listener, Intelligent, Kind
A little more about me
I am a proud and devoted liberal, miss "West Wing" a lot, think losing Molly Ivins and Ann Richards so close together was a great sorrow. I keep hoping for more of us wanting to follow their good example, the idea of standing up even if it has to be one at a time, "speaking truth to power."