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About me

Occupation Poet. Philosopher. Designer & Visionary.
Location Midwest
Introduction Civilization based on intensive agriculture bothers me. Yet I have plenty of sources that give me hope it doesn't have to be this way, this Hobbesian take on life, that chalks up human existence to little more than something "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." Stay tuned if you want to understand my concerns and the fascinating inspirations I have for other ways of living in and interacting with this world. I write long posts, but I sure hope they're worth the time! Please step in, get a hug, take off your coat, have a seat, drink some tea, eat a pastry, and relax. Maybe while we catch up, chat, enjoy the quiet and the stillness, you'll find a worldview, find an inspiring word, find renewal, find an answer, find a humble path tucked away in the woods, find solace, maybe even find your renewed optimism.
Interests neo-tribalism, philosophy, ecological landscape architecture, agroforestry, permaculture, general semantics, acting, playwrighting, film history, anthropology, Catalan, Arabic, Portuguese, Brasil, ecumenism, Barcelona, people watching, bubbles, James Joyce, theatre of the absurd, William Bouguerreau, Montserrat, swimming, leisurely walks, educational theory
Favorite Movies Rivers and Tides, The Secret of Kells, Baraka, Beautiful People, After the Wedding, Happenstance, The Namesake, Instinct, Le Auberge Espagnole, Le Poupeés Russes, Amélie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, To Catch a Thief, How to Steal a Million, Two for the Road, Paris! Je T’aime!, Lucía y el Sexo, The Price of Milk, The Science of Sleep, Mirror Mask, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, The Dead, Omaha: The Movie, All About Eve, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, I <3 Huckabees, Burn After Reading, Little Miss Sunshine, Stranger Than Fiction, Seres Queridos, Scrooged, Dead Again, Simon Birch, The Trip to Bountiful, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Once, Niko y Dani, Casa de Areia, Avalon, Dead Poets Society, The Conversation, The Shadow of a Doubt, Burnt by the Sun, Ciudade de Deus, Key Largo, North by Northwest, On the Waterfront, Giant, Uprising, Angels in the Attic, Hair, Rent, Bend It Like Beckham, The Little Princess, Sabrina, Mansfield Park, Serendipity, Cats and Dogs, Wall-e, Over the Hedge, In Grave Danger of Falling Fruit
Favorite Music Tori Amos, The National, Arcade Fire, Interpol, Metric, The Swell Season, Natalie Merchant, Andrew Bird, David Gray, Peter Mayer, Peter Bradley Adams, Rosi Golan, Eastmountainsouth, Iron & Wine, Vienna Teng, The Decemberists, Yoav, Oren Lavie, Charlotte Martin, The Weepies, Susie Suh, Janelle Monae, Leonard Cohen, Simon & Garfunkel, Don McLean, The Frames, CAKE, Phish, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Goo Goo Dolls, Madredeus, Faudel, Robert Bona, Yasmin Levy, The Gipsy Kings, Uxía, Manu Chao, Axelle Red, Cesária Évora
Favorite Books The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff, Inventing the Child: Culture. Ideology. and the Story of Childhood by J. Zornado, The Story of B by Daniel Quinn, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, Miss Nobody by Tomek Tryznya, Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder, Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder, Bright Lights Big City by Jay McInerney, Proverbs of Ashes: Violence. Redemptive Suffering. and the Search for What Saves Us by Rita Nakashima-Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker, Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl, Masterclass by Paul West, The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro, If On A Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino, Black Elk: Sacred Ways of a Lakota by Wallace Black Elk, Expecting Adam by Martha Beck, The Other Way to Listen, The Freedom Writers' Diary, Pedagogia do Oprimido by Paulo Freire, Free the Children by Craig Keilburger, The Loony Bin Trip by Kate Millet, anything by Eric Hoffer and Susan Glaspell

What's the earliest you've gotten up to watch cartoons and what did you see?

Before school in elementary and middle school, which was brutally early, I would get up in the winter to look for school cancellations and end up watching HISTERIA!