I have to say right up front that, although I'm interested in lots of things, I am passionate about reducing the suffering of animals (especially those on factory farms), seeing this as a social justice issue. I also volunteer at my city's Animal Control, help with interstate animal transports, have lobbied my senators and representatives to vote on certain bills that would help animals and was one of the top fund raisers for a Farm Sanctuary event in Chicago.
I initiated an investigation into the possible contamination of my community's ground water and when the responsible parties (can you say utility company?) could no longer deny that indeed our water was contaminated, I worked for several years with a small group of resident activists and environmental groups to make it right.
I am a happy person, super curious, love and am fascinated by many areas of science, grateful, have a strong preference for direct and open communication (my word matters), fun, reliable, goofy, easily wowed by beauty in obvious and not so obvious forms, comfortable socially but also really enjoy my own company and alone time. Pretty low maintenance and don't have much baggage from the past. Nature, beauty, simple kindness and moments of quiet mind are my "religion" rolled into one. I love to cook (no animal products for me). I love to sing (I have a mic and amp in my living room) for my own enjoyment. Also belong to a community singing group that performs twice/year. Took weekly voice lessons in Chicago for the hell of it. Also, while going to buy shoes, took an errant turn into a music store and bought a Casio Privia electric keyboard. Besides food, I like to create other things as well. One of my recent endeavors is hand-made paper boxes and books which I learned to make at a folk art school up in Door County, WI. I used to work with clay (have wheel and kiln in my basement) and hope to get back into it one of these days as I really loved it. I've created a lovely and peaceful environment in and around my home (if I do say so myself). Absolutely vital to my well-being. I named my property/garden Wabi Sabi Garden based on the Japanese aesthetic of being imperfect, incomplete, and impermanent.
I'm accepting of all kinds of crazy (a requirement for being a high school teacher) except the kind of crazy that's hurtful to others. I'm always for the underdog and the innocent, both human and animal. I taught high school general and special education students. My expertise and credentials are in the area of Deaf & hard-of-hearing. Before I retired, each day ran the gamut from poignant, heart warming/breaking, super fun, interesting and awe-inspiring to, "Is it time to retire yet?"