"“The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you,
not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along.”
Twain - "Be good and you will be lonesome" This makes me wonder if those of us who live to make the world a better place out there are meant to be (if not 'lonesome,' as I'm not) blazing these paths and healing communities instead of having beautiful and wonderful families...I choose to believe that these are not mutually exclusive and hopefully you do as well. But until then, I continue to make my world a better place starting with myself.
Russell - Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: The longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
I've recently accepted a position working with native communities in the area, so if you see me wandering around, please feel free to say 'hi,' and send some tips of favorite restaurants, places to get good beer and wine, music, fun places to hang out, good hikes, pretty places to see, and other fun stuff.
OK, back to things someone potentially interested in unique people might want to know (or what I want them to know :-) ).
Oh, and please, please, please have a good sense of humor!! I just love laughing and being creative, even more than my super-serious research side!
As Einstein said: "I have no special talents; I am only passionately curious" (well, he probably left out the semi-colon)! I would argue that I'm [[insatiably curious]]). I have interesting insights, stories, perspectives, and education.
In short, me: I've been studying aspects of naturopathic, functional, and holistic medicine, for the best part of 12 years now. My past has been that of a tenacious researcher (as I have done this more than anyone I've every met).
I attempt to eat beyond-organic 95% of the time, which means I'm not as worried about occasionally eating (at social events, etc.) the processed stuff that many eat and call 'food.' (though I do feel it afterward).
I think (often quite critically) much about healthy housing, land, water, soil, air, animals, food forestry (food forests), permaculture, food (extremely healthy foods, mostly, but still a foodie and enjoy anthropology [hence: other cultures] at heart and will try just about anything especially if it's real food!!). I love traveling, camping, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, long deep transformative conversations (though those two adjectives can be used for many other things in my life) and am looking for a wonderful woman (and more generally friends) to connect with. I am extremely genuine, have a big heart, and am a kind soul.
Also, a huge thing to know about me is that I'm currently on a kick for people, things, places, information, that are "real." Quality and "real"-ness are essential fibers which weave the web of life. It could relate to housing, medicine, love, communication, sensuality, integrity, politics, spirituality, community, and especially food (vegetables and animals for me now that I've studied/lived so many facets of various anthrohistorical and "alternative" nutritional philosophies from kosher, raw foods, vegetarian, vegan, paleo-, Weston A. Price etc.)
Of course what is "real" to each of us is subjective and we have to find our own information for what is real, or important, etc. But this is part of the current/coming phase in my life where I seek to bring in more aspects of "life".
I am real, fun, adventurous, kind, respectful, integrous, intelligent, communicative, and not afraid to show who I really am. I am also respectful of the fact that my path may not be your path.
Oh, other personality labels from above that apply to me include these: Adventurer, Animal Lover, Athletic, Chef, Class Clown (not a class clown but do love to laugh, especially those who are creative and funny!), Foodie (I'm am a foodie times 10! To the hundredth power!!!), Freethinker, Hopeless romantic (not hopeless at all, but romance is fun) Intellectual, Night Owl, Princess (just checking to see if you're still awake at this point), Traveler, Treehugger, and Sapiophile/sexual.
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
We can do anything. But in general, I must admit that I'm not a fan of our cultural template for a "date" (it puts too much pressure on people to try to be at their best, versus who they truly are; to me, your best is how you are every day, not how you clean up. I figure I'll see you at your aesthetic best when we head to a wedding, or to a nice dinner, or some fundraiser, etc. I desire to see who you really are, rather than some big production and demonstration before a "date"). I prefer just to meet, be natural, and have fun, laugh a lot, tell stories, share a bit about ourselves and have some good conversation, have some wine, etc., whatever we choose to do. I also prefer to be in places where we both are comfortable and able to be ourselves; so wherever those places are for you, especially if you're one who gets nervous meeting someone for the first time, that's maybe where we should meet.
Regarding the type of person I'm looking for, I am not seeking a person who is a list of various qualities at all. I seek someone who is an embodiment of beauty, truth, love, justice, grace, curiosity, the feminine, and life more generally. The rest are just details.
And, I don't wish to have as a partner someone who sees the world exactly as I do, but wishes to grow together, as a new melded couple.
You hopefully do have many of the following: a beautiful heart, are a tender communicator, seek to live more in balance with the facets we've historically known as "life," and embrace deep, open honest communication, have done (or are actively doing) your homework on any toxic emotions/baggage, frustrations, or other unresolved issues from relationships, childhood, adolescences, etc.; have beautiful friendships and relationships, and know how to love deeply and tenderly...
You might love to cook (I do) (and sometimes UN-cook) and share good, healthy, nutrient-dense, beautiful, and minimally/non-contaminated *real food* that you grew/raised yourself or knew the people who did.
You are hopefully many of the following:
articulate, artsy, adventurous, beautiful--both inside and out--fabulous, a bad-ass, creative, feminine, nerdy, passionate, nurturing, loving, enjoying of deep conversations, can recommend good books, music, wine, insights into our spiritual or mundaen world or other realms, intimate spots in nature, or anything else which you think we might enjoy.
If you made it to this sentence and aren't bored stiff, you ARE REQUIRED to, at least, write and tell me I'm I've lost my mind!
Here's some from my old profile...
WARNING: I'm quite open to someday living abroad in a comfortable, self-sustaining, energy-efficient, healthy, and ecologically-friendly home and property in (preferably) the forested foothills of a scenic mountain range (or other ecosystem), growing much of our food in rich soil