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Michael-David K.

"The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears."

Bethesda, MD, USA
female, age 60
Health Scientist
Speaks: English, Italian, Spanish
Joined Jun 17, 2004
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Groups Defenders of Wildlife, Greenpeace, Healthy Living Network, Jane Goodall Institute: Race for the Primates, NWF - National Wildlife Federation, Nature Lovers, Vegan, WWF - World Wildlife Fund
Birthday Feb 07, 1958  
Languages English, Italian, Spanish  
About Me This is what Gioia & Spanky (we are adopted English Springer Spaniels who live with him) have said about me: He has wide-ranging interests, experiences, and curiosity. Initially, we thought he was a bit shy but soon we discovered that he really enjoys being with those who honor openess, curiosity, and the value of all sentient life. His interests are seemingly eclectic but there are underlying themes that unite them.

He is a long-term Zen meditator, vegetarian, and health nut. He has a unique background, including his diverse educational experience and career choices. He is now very happy working as a health scientist and loves the latitude this vocation affords him.

On the other hand, he has a peculiar sense of humor that unfortunately includes an appreciation of what might be called primitive humor. He works on two horse rescue farms & trains with Frank Bell's natural horsemanship techniques--& has had a hand in the rescue, care, & rehabilitaiton of 36 horses, most of whom were destined for slaughter.

He longs to relocate to the Pacific Northwest.
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Pets Cats x 2, Horse  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Very Liberal
Eating Habits Quasi-Vegan  
Wild Fact About Me Lived and worked in Italy (3 years) as a theatrical and cinematic actor.
My Philosophy Being is believing...
What Gives Me Hope The prospect of...the biosphere liberated from homo sapiens sapiens through voluntary human extinction
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Requiring everyone to visit a slaughterhouse.
What/who changed my life and why Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of (Non-Human) Animals & the Holocaust, Catcher in the Rye; A Separate Peace; Lord of the Rings; The Culture of Narcissism; Brideshead Revisited; The Dialectic of Enlightenment; Un Coeur en Hiver; Blue, White, & Red; Peter V. Smith, S.J. (R.I.P.); Thomas Merton; Bianca Caputo; Sardegna; Ottaviano de'Medici; Gustavo Nieves Griffin; Eido Shimano Roshi; Bernie Carter, Nava Frank (R.I.P.); Kiki Kerns (R.I.P.); San Francisco; Vigevano; Milano; Francesca Ballini; Signor Rocco di Giulia (R.I.P.); Dr. Richard H. Leach (R.I.P.); Dai Bosatsu Zendo; Zazen in the Mahayana
What Bugs Me "Human Exceptionalism", Speciesism, "Management consultants", Business, "Poverty of language", Illiteracy, "Lack of curiosity", "Lack of intelligence", "Meat/meat-eating", "An overweening sense of entitlement"  
Passions Classical Dressage, Novels of Evelyn Waugh, Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Horse Whispering, Horses, Non-human animal rights, Non-human animals  
Inspirations Wild horses, The old and vulnerable, Non-human animals, Phineas, Holden Caufield, Beethoven  
What Scares Me Global Warming, Richard Pombo, Bush and his cretins, The "Free" Market, Meat eaters, Speciesism  
Role Models Dr Steve Best, "Rod Coronado", Keith Mann, Holden Caufield, Ingrid Newkirk, Paul Watson, Peter Singer, Tom Regan, Peter V. Smith, Mark Twain, Thomas Merton, Tony de Mello  
Quotation So much of what we live goes on inside--the diaries of grief, the tongue-tied aches of unacknowledged love are no less real for having passed unsaid. What we conceal is always more than what we dare confide. Think of the letters that we write our dead.
~ Dana Gioia
Interests Non-human animal rescue (dogs, horses, farm animals), horses, natural horsemanship-horse whispering, hiking, Italy--anything Italian, Marin & Sonoma Counties, Big Sur (A Confederate General from), Evelyn Waugh, Eliot's Quartets, English Springer and Britt  
Music Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Brain Salad Surgery, Beethoven's 9th, Barber's Adagio for Strings, Chris Whitley-"Loco Girl, " Marin Marais, Bebel Gilberto, The Voice (Johnny Mercer's legendary "Su, Vasco Rossi--"Vita Spericolata, " Jobim  
Movies The Double Life of Veronique, Blue, White, & Red, Un Coeur en Hiver, Jean de Florette, Manon (des Sources) of the Springs, Diner, Cinema Paradiso, Addio Fratello Crudele, The Black Stallion, Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud, The Taste of Others  
TV Shows Northern Exposure, Then Came Bronson  
Favorite Foods Pasta (inc. pasta al povero), Cibo Sardo, almost everything fresh, organic, & nearly karma-free :) That which is gro, moistened by His rain, & ripened in its own sweet time :)  
Favorite Places Porto Rotondo, Sa Jaga Brujarda, San Fruttuoso (Ligure), Venezia, Mt. Tamalpais, San Francisco, Burlington, VT, St. Simon's Island, Saratoga Springs, Vigevano, Bonassola, Cinque Terre  
Can't Live Without The dogs, horses, & humans I love, rough country: a landscape made of obsta, books, Mt. Tamalpais, Italy  
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