The one thing I am passionate about...
in no particular order: good friends; exercise, especially outside in the fresh air; the beauty of Nature; doing something worthwhile in this world; prose that's accurate, clear, and compelling; writing poetry; collecting unicorns; ice cream, white chocolate, and other good food
I typically spend my leisure time
walking, doing extensive yard work, cleaning up windfall, clearing trails on my property, cooking, reading, writing, volunteering for various organizations,
The most influential person in my life has been
The first thing people notice about me
The last book I read and enjoyed
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey is nonfiction about his post-presidency trip exploring a then-unknown 1000-mile tributary of the Amazon in Brazil. The trip was an adventure, fraught with inadequate supplies, not enough food, difficult portage around rapids, lost canoes, a drowning, a murder, cannibals, and the rain forest. Roosevelt almost died from infection. The book is well written and compelling. I identified with Roosevelt, who decided at age 11 to make his body strong and used extreme physical challenges to cope with emotional loss and political disappointments the rest of his life.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- my good physical health
- my beautiful property
- my good friends
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
I don't know. I don't have an answer for this question.
Friends Describe me as
Articulate, Intelligent, Physically Fit, Quiet
A little more about me
I am conservative politically, modest, shy, not good at promoting myself, usually competent, well organized, rational, and realistic. I was trained as a scientist and am an atheist. I am also lonely.