Tell about yourself - your personality, lifestyle, etc.
I am an intense man-- not high strung, but very passionate about life. I also am very
gentle, and believe that my current purpose in life is to be kind to people. That does not
mean that I am always happy-- but I am now more at peace with myself than ever before. I
love to sing, dance, ride my bike, swim, work out, read, listen to music,and most of all, be
outside. I meditate a lot. I have been meditating for almost 40 years!! Nature-- I've recently fallen into a deeper love relationship with
nature. I also have done quite a bit of volunteering, and it has been wonderful for me.
Physically, I look young for my age, but I really don't know why-- or if it matters. I do
have some physical problems, including fibromyalgia, so I stretch and work out a lot to
keep my body lean. I was an educator for over 30 years, and I helped start two alternative
schools in Ohio. Now I am a book dealer and a writer. My two sons (34 and 28) are my
heroes. They are kind and would never hurt anyone. I wish I was as conscious a human
being as they are when I was their age. I went to college in the late sixties and then was a
Viet Nam conscientious objector. . I am a lacto vegetarian, almost vegan. I am a highly
sensitive being, and cannot tolerate loud noise or cruelty to any living thing, and certainly
not rap music. I was an peace activist for many years.
I do not like to sterotype people, but I would have to say that the best description of me
would be a 61 year old Flower Child (pre-hippy). I cry a lot-- not from depression, but usually from joy. Any kind expression I see in movies or in the world brings me to happy tears. I love to play cards with my sons, and just be with them. They live in Ohio. I have an eclectic music collection. Everything from blues to New age relaxing music to vintage soul and especially folk music. My favorite folk songs are live performances of Joan Baez doing Dylan songs-- like A HARD RAIN IS GOIN' FALL and FOREVER YOUNG. I also like classical, cultural, cool jazz, bluegrass, and some country. I know this is long-- but what the heck!
What made you choose Vegetarianism as a way of life?
I saw a movie in 1970 of a slaughter house. I believe that vegetarianism is the most important aspect of spirituality. This is a little rough, but it is so true for me: Eating meat contributes to the torture of highly consious animals.