Alexa

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About me

Occupation Writer, reader, thinker, poet, editor, seer, lover
Location Canada
Interests All things feline, the I Ching, literature, colours, natural patterns and design, hiking, summer camp, canoeing, forests, beaches & oceans, comics like *Mutts* and *Rhymes With Orange*, conversation, sharing candlelit meals that drawl on for hours, music, philosophy, comparative religion, animal wisdom, natural history, seasons, reading reading reading, wordplay, the human condition(s):what makes us tick, what makes us love and what makes us hate...what makes us numb and what makes us awake... weather, natural patterns and design, the mind, scathingly brilliant humour, politics, Oh EVERYTHING
Favorite Movies Meet Joe Black, A Single Man, The Killing Fields, Bridget Jones' Diary, Crash, Fargo, 21 Grams, Bottle Shock, Monster's Ball, Fugitive Pieces, My First Mister, Up in the Air, The Road, The Kids are All Right, Shrink, The Big Tease, Wag the Dog, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Shadowlands, Dogma, Being There, Awakenings, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings & A Funeral (no one cusses like the Brits -- and Hugh Grant, eh!), The Pink Panther (with Peter Sellers, natch), Being There (Sellers again), Arthur, Airplane, Big, Into The Wild, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Sound of Music (can't help myself; that scene in the gazebo...), The Wizard of Oz, Adam's Rib, Atonement, Charlie Wilson's War, Bella, Something's Gotta Give, any film with Phillip Seymour Hoffman / Frances McDormand / Laura Linney / Sir Anthony Hopkins / Kathy Bates / Alan Rickman ...
Favorite Music Mellow jazz, classic rock and pop, sultry soul that soothes while it sizzles, slow (adagio) classics, mesmerizing ambient, acoustic blues with lots of slide, mind-blowing singer/songwriters (i.e., James Taylor, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen), Geoffrey Oryema, Liquid Mind, Bach, Baroque oboe concertos, Eddie Vedder, Tord Gustavsen Trio, Diana Krall, Pat Metheney, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Marvin Gaye, Supertramp, Van Morrison, Robin Thicke, Pink Floyd, Bruce Cockburn, Tina Malia, Jeff Black, Keb'Mo', Jaz Coleman's *Riders on the Storm: The Doors Concerto* with wildman Nigel Kennedy on solo violin, Philip Glass, Keith Jarrett's The Koln Concert, biomusique, Orin Lavie, Melody Gardot
Favorite Books American Primitive (Mary Oliver), Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke trans. Stephen Mitchell), The Audacity of Hope (Barack Obama), The Uncommon Reader (Alan Bennett), Scarlett Saves Her Family (Jane Martin), The Way of Transition (William Bridges), The Book of Negroes (Lawrence Hill), anything Vinyl Cafe (Stuart McLean), Effigy (Alissa York), A Circle of Quiet (Madeleine L'Engle), The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini), Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte), A General Theory of Love (Thomas Lewis et. al), The Ugly Duckling (Hans Christian Andersen), The Spiral Staircase (Karen Armstrong), Saturday (Ian McEwen), The I Ching, A Peculiar Grace (Jeffrey Lent), An Unfinished Life (Mark Spragg), The Falls (Joyce Carol Oates), In An Unspoken Voice (Peter A. Levine), A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Anthony Marra), The Inner Voice of Love (Henri Nouwen), My Bright Abyss (Christian Wiman)