Michelle

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Gender FEMALE
Industry Non-Profit
Occupation Sojourner and Peace Pilgrim/Thinker and Writer
Location Michigan, United States
Introduction I write from the perspective of my life as a Quaker Spiritual Director; Home-and-Community Maker and Sustainer; Musician, "Unschooling" parent, a retired Midwife, and an adherent of "The Good Life" as a peacemaker, wife, mother, friend and comrade and all of it offered in the service of doing my part to get us all "back to the garden."
Interests Human Development, Religion and Spirituality, Politics, Music, Literature, Poetry, History, all growing things, distance running, coffee and chat, wicked dark beer, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan....My Tribe.
Favorite Movies The Last Station, The Kings Speech, Once, Braveheart, Legends of the Fall, A River Runs Through It, Out of Africa, Walk the Line, Amazing Grace, Brother Sun/Sister Moon, Unforgiven, 3:10 to Yuma, Gladiator, Good Night and Good Luck, Oh Brother Where Art Thou, The Dark Knight, Into the Wild, The Last Waltz, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Henry the Fifth ( Branagh ), Hamlet.
Favorite Music Here's but a smattering--Mozart Choral Music and Symphonies. Mahler Symphonies, Beethoven piano concertos and the 5th and 9th Symphonies, Faure', Rutter, Dvorak, Verdi, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Alison Krauss, Peter Gabriel, Mark Dignam, The Frames, The Swell Season, Bruce Cockburn, The Decemberists, Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers, Carter Family and most traditional bluegrass, Cash, Emmylou Harris, Iris Dement, Joni Mitchell, Woody Guthrie, The Killers, Beatles, Stones, the Who, Kiri Te Kanewa, Bryn Terfel, Placido Domingo, old Christian hymns
Favorite Books Too many to count! I am a relentless and almost constant reader-- 2008/09 top picks: Several volumes of Mary Oliver's poetry; quite a few of the required reading for my internship turned out to be exceptional, especially The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri Nouwen, The Wounded Healer, also by Nouwen; The Art of Christian Listening, by Thos. Hart; The Beatitudes: Soundings in Christian Tradition, by Simon Tugwell; Spirituality of the Beatitudes: Matthew's Vision for the Church in an Unjust World by MIchael H. Crosby. I've not done much reading for pleasure, this year, too much class work. I hope to return to the most recent 'Ladies Detective Series' by Alexander McColl Smith plus more poetry over the summer break!

"...Tell me, what then do you intend to do with your one wild, and precious life?" ~Mary Oliver~