Now that i'm settling into Portland, time for a profile makeover; out with the old (my account of the Philippines where I spent 6 months as a peace corps volunteer) and more on what i'm discovering in the 'big city'.
I've been really enjoying the opportunities for live classical music; something i've missed. Discovered a great gym within walking distance with equipment I can only describe as space age in comparison to what I grew accustomed to in Miagao. I'm exploring much of the city by foot – treading city streets so very different from the trails and mountains that surround my place on Vancouver Island. My bike is still north but will bring it down next trip. My eldest daughter has introduced me to acupuncture at the TCM school where she is studying, which can set my body soaring. I am looking for volunteer opportunities (any suggestions) but have also applied for positions in 2 local NGOs; otherwise will continue my periodic African consultancies.
I'm learning that I am somewhat anachronistically at variance with urban life in part for having spent much of my adult life abroad working in Africa and Eastern Europe and in part due to my upbringing as a Southerner; men of my generation were raised to be gentlemen – and charming. I try to be open (and accept the vulnerability that accompanies that) and honest – perhaps naively so, capturing my emotions in the poetry and stories I write. [muses should apply]. In that light, may I say that I am in search of a relationship that encompasses mind/spirit/body charka intimacy.