I love birds and think they have a lot to teach us about kinship, patience and perseverance. I find myself learning from them often and write about them a lot in my blog. My favorite bird is the American Crow, who I admire for it’s ingenuity, persistence and commitment to community.
I’ve been a student of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism for over 20 years, and recently completed a 9-month Mindfulness Teacher Training program with Mindfulness Northwest. While spending a semester in Nepal in college, I attended a workshop given by a Tibetan Monk. It wasn’t so much what he said that moved me as his countenance – he seemed like the happiest person I had ever met, and the most peaceful. I especially appreciate the teachings of Tara Brach, Cheri Huber and Pema Chodron.
My international experience led me to become a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.
My family joined a peace corps-type communal living organization when I was seven, and we lived in large mission-focused communities until I was 15. The organization was started by Methodist activists in the ’60′s and opened its first community on the West side of Chicago just after the race riots. While the founders had some great ideas and made an impact in some of their communities, it was a challenging environment in which to be a child. I’m grateful for the experience and think it greatly influenced my desire to help groups grow in a healthy, sustainable way.
I don’t have children, but I have nephews and nieces I love dearly and close friends named their daughter after me. I love being an Auntie.
I spoke 100 words before I turned one. This may not be something to brag about, especially if you’re a person who prefers quiet, but it says a lot about my personality.
I’ve had a leach on my face (while trekking in Nepal) and a spider in my ear (while sleeping in Seattle). Both times I kept thinking “wow this is going to make one hell of a story!” and I was right! Ask me about either sometime.