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"The purpose of life is to know and be known, to love and be loved." (Prof. John Dunne)
I've visited ten foreign countries, including extended stays in India, England, Brazil, the Netherlands, and Italy. In 1987 I spent four months in Brazil. I adore Brazilian Portuguese and Brazilian music.
In addition to doing 40 minutes of stretching every morning (for a bad back), I exercise twice a week. My favorite forms of exercise are hiking, salsa dancing and playing Aerobie.
I had a somewhat unconventional Catholic upbringing and remain an active Catholic. Friends say that I am "different" than other Catholics they've met. I figure a good dose of irreverence keeps faith from becoming an idol. (It would not be out of character for me to compare aspects of worship to aspects of sexuality.) I love that Catholic liturgy engages the senses as much as the "rational" mind.
I work with college students, providing all kinds of resources and assisting them during crises (among other things). I'm working on improving my rudimentary Spanish.
I am practically addicted to the New York Times (especially the crossword puzzle and the Science section), and I'm a member of NPR.
I like unusual or thought-provoking films, and I enjoy many kinds of food -- except fudge, fennel and stuff that's too spicy. I love to laugh, although not at anyone else's expense.
I have strong environmental tendencies, good cooking skills, and the ability to mediate conflicts. I believe in safe and courteous driving practices. Because we are always learning and growing, I am open to feedback. I enjoy learning about other cultures, perspectives and approaches to life's struggles.
I enjoy words and wordplay. I believe that grammar counts--not that it's important for its own sake, but that it is the structure on which we hang our communication, our beliefs and aspirations.
Other things I enjoy: dark chocolate, conversation, fiction, the occasional margarita (with very good tequila), finding a bargain, affection, and the scent of sandalwood.