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Kate Temple-West

"Save the Children's Magical Garden!"

New York, NY, USA
female, age 41
Speaks: English, some Spanish, Dog
Joined Nov 29, 2006

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Hometown Diaspora, USA 
Birthday April 30, 1977  
Languages English, some Spanish, Dog  
About Me Herbalist, writer, theater director
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Pets Jaxx Magic Solidago, Tilia the healing dog  
Activist Aspirations Enthusiastic
Political Leaning Depends
Religions neoagnostic, green witch, No religion- just a relationship  
Eating Habits I try to eat real food., No ingredient lists  
Wild Fact About Me I drink a lot of nettle infusions, and I can harvest them bare handed. I am allied with violet. I really love mugwort, and yarrow, and hiding in the tall, tall stands in summer. I also especially love hawthorn and linden trees.
My Philosophy Candy tastes like soap, soap soap, and rain makes applesauce.
What Gives Me Hope spring, trees, witchy fall wind storms, snow, the ocean, rivers, stars, the moon, kids, animals, poetry, song, dance, etc. Hope is a tricky concept, though. Beware! As my teacher Robin Rose Bennett points out, the opposite of hope is fear. I prefer what gets me into my body in the present, in which case the list is the same.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Make every garden in cities and towns permanent, and create a garden on every block. I would also landmark as many historical buildings as possible. I would draft legislation banning chain stores. I would pay teachers more, and give them better benefits. I would limit class sizes, and push to increase the number of educational field trips for school children, especially into nature. I would draft legislation making food programs like city harvest mandatory for all restaurants and food manufacturers. I would make race relations an essential part of the curriculum for every level of education from elementary school through undergraduate.
What/who changed my life and why Theater of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal
The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav
The Brother's Karamazov by Dostoevsky
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Reading Race and Representation by Toni Morrison
Healing Wise by Susan Weed
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Many wise and wonderful teachers
catastrophe, death, love, marriage, meditation, friendship...
What Bugs Me Greed monsters inside and outside of me, Sometimes they take the form of, "retail therapy", Sometimes they take the form of war  
Passions the sacredness of the earth, good theater, good poetry, good books, dancing, herbalism  
Inspirations Good art, visual and performative, Good books, too many to list them all..., nature, My friends, Wolf, My mother, Robin Rose Bennett, Dunya  
What Scares Me greed of the privilaged and implications, zombies--figurative and literal  
Role Models Shirley Jackson, Alice Walker, Wangari Maathai, Rumi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sojourner Truth, grandparents, Zora Neale Hurston, Kermit (Jim Henson), Arundhati Roy, Martha Graham, Isabel Allende, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Julie Taymor, Tich Nhat H  
Quotation The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock, or any T.S. Eliot. "I should have been a pair of ragged claws, scuttling across the floor of silent seas."
Interests reading, whirling, meditation, women in religion, stories, improv, Middle Eastern Dance, mask making, decoupage, ecology, Puppetry, Mythology / Folklore, comparative religion, gardening, Holistic Health, herbs  
Books Marlowe, Abe Kobo, Toni Morrison, Ursula K. LeGuin, Shirley Jackson, Phillip Pullman, Alice in Wonderland, Alice Walker, Tony Kushner, Federico Garcia Lorca, Yeats, T.S. Eliot, Their Eyes Were Watching God-Zora Neale, Of Water and the Spirit by Malidoma Some, Truman Ca  
Music Bobby McFerrin, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Middle Eastern, Tom Waits, world music, blues, jazz  
Movies A Razor's Edge, the Price of Milk, City of Lost Children, Kill Bill, Titus, Cohen Brothers, David Lynch, Vertigo, The Fisher King, Spirited Away, Dreams (Kurosawa)  
TV Shows I no longer own a tv but miss..., futurama, Frontline, NOW with Bill Moyers, Mystery! on PBS, Queer as Folk, Coupling (the BBC version), Chef!(Lenny Henry 1997)  
Favorite Foods anything eaten after a swim in the ocean, rainbow trout, good cheese, Union Square NYC greenmarket fare, thai, gelato, indian, sushi  
Favorite Places waterfalls, Cordoba, the woods in Virginia, L.E.S. NYC (home), Barcelona (Spain), mountains, nature, the ocean, forests  
Can't Live Without Wolf, writing, gardens, trees, dog, friends  
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