The one thing I am passionate about...
Writing poetry and short fiction, literature, grammar and semantics, linguistics, progressive politics, philosophizing, indie musicians, Torah debate and study, tattoos, law, reading, foreign films, and UNLV basketball.
I typically spend my leisure time
Reading, writing (fiction, poetry, essays), working on my Web site, surfing the Net, watching movies, talking to friends, drawing, painting, crocheting.
The most influential person in my life has been
Honesty. I don't have the time or the patience to play mind games or to read too far between the lines. I encounter far too much doublespeak in my work and the settings of academia and politics, where I spend much of my time; when I'm at home, I want to get away from all that and enjoy some refreshing candor.
The first thing people notice about me
My ability to put people at ease through humor. I always inject humor into my conversations, no matter how serious, simply because that's my way of being comfortable and letting others know that I'm feeling okay and functioning well.
The last book I read and enjoyed
Kate Chopin's "The Awakening". It's about a woman's struggle to free herself from the oppressive archtype that's been constructed for her by society at large and by those around her. Since this was the second time I'd read it, I liked looking beyond the story to examine the multiple paradoxes concerning gender, roles in society, sexuality, and relationships.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- A loving and supportive circle of family and friends
- My potential to succeed at whatever I set my sights on
- My emotional and intellectual growth during the last year
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
I am not what I appear to be. My exterior is very casual and unobtrusive, but I am really a rather intense person with a sharp wit and a quick tongue, both of which can be used for either good or for evil ;)
Friends Describe me as
Creative, Funny, Intelligent, Thoughtful
A little more about me
I'm easy to figure out once you spend a little time with me. My emotions play across my face, even when I don't want them to, so I'm easily read when it comes to how I'm feeling or what I'm really thinking.