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Rebecca D.

"Compassion, growth, integrity, relationship"

Sunnyvale, CA, USA
female, age 49
married
higher education advisor
Speaks: English
Joined Apr 12, 2003
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Joined Apr 12, 2003 Activist Aspirations Enthusiastic 
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Groups Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Acoustic Coffee House, Action to gain peace, what to do, Addressing Global Warming, Amnesty International, Barter/Swap/Trade, CHICAGO, CHRISTIAN ART, Cancer Family Support Group, Catholic Social Justice, Chemicals and Cancer, Citizens Against The Death Penalty, Clean, Green and Renewable JOBS, Food and world hunger... more »
Hometown Claremont, CA 
Homepage http://my.care2.com/red91711  
Birthday April 02, 1965  
Languages English  
About Me "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.
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  Lifestyle
Pets none  
Activist Aspirations Enthusiastic
Political Leaning Liberal
Religions Christian - Catholic  
Eating Habits  
Wild Fact About Me I once helped to 'kidnap' a teacher off my high school campus for a surprise birthday brunch.
My Philosophy 1. Everyone counts.
2. There is usually more than one way to do something.
3. From what is broken, painful or even dead, God can bring new life.
What Gives Me Hope 1. Energetic young people who are willing to learn, sacrifice, and serve others.
2. There are many ways of being Christian.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by decreeing that the price of consumer items must include the cost of the impact they have on the environment.
What/who changed my life and why The Pillow Book (film) inspired my thesis topic.
Habits of the Heart (book) changed my way of thinking about community.
My parents taught me to value education, honesty, and faith.
What Bugs Me Indifference to the environment, exaggeration, Willful ignorance, An entitlement mentality, Injustice, Bad driving  
Passions  
Inspirations  
What Scares Me  
  Favorites
Role Models Thurgood Marshall, Oscar Romero, Aung San Suu Kyi, Desmond Tutu, Francis of Assisi, Robert Coles, Tavis Smiley, Paul Wellstone, Sr. Joan Chittister, Jimmy Carter, Dom Helder Camera, Zumbi dos Palmares, artists, activists, peacemakers, dedicated parents  
Quotation "Only connect..."
(E.M. Forster, HOWARDS END)
Interests word games, travel, reading, cooking, salsa dancing, theology/ethics, environment, health, civil rights, theatre, film, social/cultural trends, liturgy, humor, medicine and health care, mind-body-spirit  
Books  
Music classic rock, Brazilian (different kinds), folk-rock, 80's stuff that makes me want to dance  
Movies Cidade de Deus, Babbette's Feast, Tampopo, Amelie, Waking Ned Devine, The End of the Affair, Brazil, Shawshank Redemption, Whale Rider  
TV Shows The Colbert Report, Law and Order, The Daily Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, CSI (Las Vegas)  
Favorite Foods fresh fruit in season, well-prepared fresh veggies, dark chocolate, sushi, German holiday breads, Vietnamese, Italian, Thai, cheese, black beans with rice  
Favorite Places college/university campuses, East Bay Regional Parks, Claremont California, Brazil  
Can't Live Without honesty, affection, singing, wit, forgiveness  
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