The one thing I am passionate about...
Being outside. Growing things. Being reflective. Learning. Exploring. Being a midwife and catching babies. Helping people recognize their own strength. Being respectful and loving to people as an act of defiance & because I'm an essentially loving person no matter how &*^%!-up this world is sometimes. I believe that we serve God by serving one another (and that God goes by many names). Music making and listening: Gospel or reggae to start the day; then on to folk, bluegrass, jazz, blues, int'l, hip hop, R&B, funk and just about anything else the rest of the day. Cultivating a diverse set of ideas, friends, interests, talen
I typically spend my leisure time
Being outside. Growing/ picking/ canning/ giving away fruits of my garden. Hanging out with friends hiking, talking, cooking, laughing, seeing live music, traveling, etc. Spending a lot of time with my large, local, lovely family. Playing with/ caring for my animals- dogs, cats, chickens, and critters in pond (fish, turtles, frogs). Reading, writing, learning. Being creative in as many ways as possible (sewing, stained glass, painting, building things, guitar, etc). Being active: yoga, swimming in the lake nearby, riding my bike, running/ hiking with my dogs, soccer in the park...
The most influential person in my life has been
Kindness, honesty, self-knowledge and curiosity.
The first thing people notice about me
People always say I am "a wise soul" and that I'm "so easy to talk to." At work this is because I look very young but I'm a knowledgable/ articulate midwife and people have trouble reconciling these 2 things. Socially, I have a very diverse collection of folks in my life because I'm loyal and pretty non-judgemental. My friends tend to be very open with me and so I learn a lot from them. I'm intensely curious so I am always learning, especially from other people.
The last book I read and enjoyed
I read voraciously and often all night. I read a few books a week. Recently I read the Da Vinci Code (reluctantly at first but then enthusiastically), then 2 books about the Templar Knights and the Masons because the Da Vinci Code intrigued me. I read everything especially history, autobiographies, mysteries, fiction, non-fiction, old medical text books, about the sociology of medicine, anthropology, herbs, plants, spirituality, etc. I am a big geek and as a kid used to go to the library all day and just research random things, e.g. hieroglyphics, communes, newts, ghost towns. Now I do the same thing on-line and at medical libraries.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- My family and friends (humans, critters, and plants).
- Meaningful work that I love and feel called to do
- Nature and how I feel when I am in it- whether I'm gardening, sunbathing, backpacking or playing in the creek with my dogs.
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
I am just as shy and insecure as the next person. Friends have told me that when they first met me I was "intimidating" (because of my "beauty" or "accomplishments") and/ or that I seemed "aloof." It isn't uncommon for people to tell me their life story the first time we meet (socially and at work) and, because I tend to listen more than talk (at first), I may seem reserved. I'm absolutely not modest or reserved once we get to know each other, I am just a bit quiet and shy when I meet new people socially.
Friends Describe me as
Generous, Hard Working, Intelligent, Perceptive
A little more about me
In response to questions about my photos: The little girl is a friend's daughter (not mine). No, I don't usually wear my hair like that (I was Pippi for Halloween).