I’m a 42 year old artist/graduate student living in southwest Florida with my husband Tom and my daughter Gracie and our little zoo of pets (cats, birds, and an elderly gecko- we also raise butterflies in our backyard).
In addition to loving pretty much anything and everything to do with making art, I’m also a:
– long distance swimmer (I swim five miles every day, which equates to about two-plus hours of laps…)
– animal rescuer and advocate (we volunteer at a local animal shelter)
– vegetarian (since I was 15 years old and becoming more and more concerned with the ever increasing cruelty animals suffer at the hands of the food industry. I know being a vegetarian is not for everyone, but it’d be nice to live in a world where killing animals for food didn’t also mean prolonged torture.)
– Buddhist (my “official” commitment to this path is fairly new, but my personal ethics have matched this path for literally decades.)
– only child. I’m super shy and a proud introvert, but I spent the first 35 years of my life not realizing that I was shy (just feeling really edgy about being around people too often) so I’m really great at being “on”, but I SAVOR my time alone with my family or by myself. I thrive on quiet, routine, and predictability. I wish I had understood my shyness earlier in life.
– obsessive tea drinker (loose black and oolong, please!, at least three cups a day)
– writer (I write fiction and post it anonymously around the internet…)
– music lover (Duran Duran, Simon and Garfunkel, David Gray, Innocence Mission, M83, Neko Case, Polica, Florence & The Machine, and Metallica are some of my favorite musicians)
– movie lover (true fact: I have a Master’s Degree in Film Studies and Theory and we go to the movies as often as possible)
– gardener (we have a GIANT container garden which I spend at least an hour tending every day…)
– art historian (trained to be a curator, became an artist instead… go figure!)
– avid reader.
I also try to meditate every day.
I was born with Spina Bifida, which is a physical/neurological thing. I did some extensive writing on it in earlier versions of this journal- they are here. SB was difficult to deal with when I was younger, but when I started seriously swimming in 1992, my perspective on my body (and what it is capable of) has radically changed. Getting older has also radically changed my perspective on things, so I almost feel like a completely different person. I’ve got some health issues that pop up from time to time that I do discuss pretty openly, so feel free to ask any questions.
I’m very interested in issues of creativity, spirituality, and well-being and I spend a lot of time thinking about ways to combine all three in daily life. This culminated in me becoming Buddhist in late 2016, and deciding to commit to a serious study of Buddhism. I am especially interested in Buddhist ethics, philosophy, practice, and cosmology. I am still very new to it, so everything is sort of “pending” as I learn more and more.
Confession: I love going to Disney World and Universal Studios here in Florida. It’s about four hours away so we were doing lots of day trips until a few years ago (it got exhausting). We hope to start doing it again soon, now that we’ve had a break.
the culmination of fourteen years of online journaling. I started writing LONG journal entries in 1997, when I was lonely and confused during graduate school. I didn’t think anyone was reading, but they were …
A huge chunk of this journal (late 2005-mid 2006) is focused on Gracie’s adoption from Vietnam.
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