No I am not Hawaiian, however I would like to be, to be blessed with the spirit of aloha. I appreciate history, tradition, and respect various cultures. I enjoy many types of music. I like classical music, and am aware of its therapeutic value for promoting neurogenic factor, building on brain circuitry. I try to sort out the sounds of individual instruments and nuanced layered themes. Or I just relax and let the music play me. It is not just classical renaissance music that can have this effect. I like Rock and Roll and music where I can understand the lyrics. Folk. Blues. Jazz. The song "All Mixed Up" composed by Pete Seeger and wonderfully sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary has a lot to say about humanity.(You may find it on YouTube). I can not say that I have ever cared for Rap "music", and I understand if Rap is played to captive dolphins they will become agitated and bang their heads against the sides of the tank!
My style of travel is not the pampered route. I like to plan my own itinerary with flexibility. I have not traveled to many countries, but did spend 5 weeks in Nepal many years ago, and that was like stepping back a few centuries in time and culture. Have traveled to England and Scotland, with family members, planned by a brother who is very keen on researching genealogy. We called the trip "The Blast to the Past" and brought my mother who turned 80 during that trip. It was meaningful to visit places my brother researched that related to our mother's Scottish heritage. I very much enjoyed the National Gallery of Art at Trafalgar Square among other sites and activities not to be missed. When I travel, I more or less try to fit in, am genuinely interested in and respectful of the people I meet. Engaging in conversation with the local people is such a treat. It was a delightful trip, mostly we stayed in B&Bs!
Politically, clearly I am for single-payer universal health care in the United States. I do not have a solution for the millions of people in the USA who have no means or any health insurance coverage and use an ER as their primary physician, especially when there is no emergency. We taxpayers provide to Congress and the President the most superior health care available (part of their self-appointed perks package). It is justified that taxpayer monies be spent to provide high quality healthcare for those who need it. Thinking of all the expenditures that the government budgets, it is appalling that we don't have better educational opportunities (ie results), health care for all, progressive energy policies, and caring for the "Greatest Generation".
I belong or have subscribed to numerous organizations. Examples include World Wildlife Fund, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, Disabled American Veterans, Audubon Society local chapter, Cowlitz County Search and Rescue, Evergreen Search Dogs (no longer an active organization, plus my precious Walker Hound died in 2010; he was extremely geriatric at 16.5 years!). Americans United for Separation of Church and State-Columbia Chapter in Portland, Southern Poverty Law Center (founded by Morris Dees), Peace Corps Volunteer--taught biology to Malaysian high school students, extended by one year, my total Peace Corps service is a little over 3 years. That period of my life, right after college while young and very fit, seems to have had an indelible effect on my psyche and values. I traveled x3 months afterwards.solo. I do not recommend travelling alone. It is a hassle and can be dangerous obviously.
I am still working on adding photos.. If you write me, I will write you back. I probably will be revising this description; it is too lengthy. Cheers, Nancy