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Kate M.

"To maintain balance in my life and to aid the balance of the planet"

Mountain View, CA, USA
female, age 63
single, 1 child
Speaks: English only, I regret to say
Joined Jan 31, 2007

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Hometown Mountain View, CA 
Birthday May 18, 1951  
Languages English only, I regret to say  
About Me I am a lively and light-filled person. "light" was my first spoken word at 6 mos old. Friends say: "and she hasn't stopped talking since!" They say it with a smile and in a kindly tone but "'tis true 'tis true". I do wish I were as skillful a listener as I am a talker. I work on that skill with intentional attention ... still.
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Pets cat  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Very Liberal
Religions "Chi" is real to me, Pers. sense of sacred, Improvised ritual, No Dogma  
Eating Habits I pay attention, dark chocolate!, gourmet coffee, Keep it Healthy, well-balanced  
Wild Fact About Me I survived a life-ending brain aneurysm, and have no measurable residule symptoms. I am a declared "Miracle" per the MD's. Took "the journey" and came back. verrry interrrestink!
My Philosophy I am just trying my best and I think that is true for most other folks too.
What Gives Me Hope When I encounter or witness a spontaneous kindness.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by If I were president I would: 1/ ask Congress to approve the Kyoto Accord and I would sign it. AND I would see to it that it was enforced. Economic hazards are nothing in the face of an uninhabitable planet.
2/ ask Congress to pass legislation for a flat across the board (no loop holes or special deductions) 10% income tax for everyone. 3/ invert the spending budget in regards military vs. education.
What/who changed my life and why I met Alice Paul in 1972. She was in her 80's and amazingly articulate and attractive. She was the most important human being I have encountered. I knew this instantly. She introduced herself to me but I didn't know what her name meant. We spent an afternoon chatting in her parlor in her Georgian mansion home on Capitol Hill, which was the headquarters of her WOMEN'S PARTY; she made me lemonade. I wish I had known about her life and how much she had done for my life. I wish I had said "THANK YOU" for all of that.
I only saw her that one time because, although she invited me to return, I never did. I was afraid... afraid she would ask me to work on something I did not know how to do at that time. It would have broken my heart to have to say "no" to her and I knew I couldn't say yes. Four years later I saw her photo and a biographic article about her in a magazine honoring "women of the 20th century". I wept.
That moment sparked the birth of the fledgling feminist spirit in my soul. I never again could turn a blind eye to: the oppression of women; or to the fact that this oppression of women was the prototype for all other oppressions. I realized in a flash that they are all one in the same as to process. The only difference is the target they aim at.
What Bugs Me understanding=agreement, a missing apology, injustice, George Bush, cruelty, abusive people  
Passions the rare men who actually "get it", the amazing grace and courage of women, The performing arts, LIFE!!!, environment, animals  
Inspirations an orca in the air, a green pasture, My daughter's courage and enthusiasm, Birds chirping, decent people, fluffy clouds against a blue sky  
What Scares Me Ignorance and indifferance, Religious Extremism, current USA administration, cruel people, Criminals that are young and violent  
Role Models Oprah Winfrey, Alice Paul, Catherine Maher-my great grandmother  
Quotation "What one has to do, usually can be done." Eleanor Roosevelt; "Insanity is repeating the same mistakes, and expecting different results." Frank Herbert; "Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former." Albert Einstein
Interests practicing Tai Chi, bicycling for fitness, pets, movies, internet, environment, novels by women authors, archaeology  
Books non-fiction 'n novels by AsianAmer women, mysteries/political thrillers, John Le Carre, PD James  
Music Mendelssohn, Patsy Cline, Asian instruments- Erhu, Pipa etc, Doris Day, Barbra, 50's and 60's oldies, Roy Orbison singing his songs, Mozart, Sarah Vaughan singing anything, Classical violin, esp Vanessa Mae  
Movies Hitchcock, Mystery/Thrillers-w/o violence, Dances with Wolves, The 1st anti -War film I saw:, Gone with the Wind, romantic comedies, Anything directed by Ang Lee, Anything with Gong Li, Anything with Meryl Streep  
TV Shows White Collar, Bones, Ghost Whisperer, Cold Case, PBS in general, PBS "Mystery", Will and Grace, csi  
Favorite Foods Authentic ethnic foods:, Mexican food, Japanese food, Thai green curry, Indian, Dark Chocolates, Chinese food, Pho  
Favorite Places My living room with a good book and cat, Kyoto, Japan, View of Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, yosemite valley, home, hawaii, california  
Can't Live Without my sense of the sacred, white fluffy clouds in blue sky, nature, money, hope, friends, books, gourmet coffee- leaded, chocolate, animals  
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