Who I am is what I do! I love travel, study, music, art, language, and, of course, great literature.
------ABOUT ME AND WHY I'M HERE:------
I graduated with a Ph.D. in History, with an emphasis in Ancient Mediterranean Studies, in 2016. I lived in Rome from 2013-2014. I'm also enthralled with authors who, like me, have spent time in the Eternal City and have written accounts of their tenure there. Fortunately, there's no shortage of them, so I'll probably be occupied for some time to come, as people have been making pilgrimages to that magical city and writing about their experiences for centuries.
I love to read, listen to music, journal, research genealogy and do other creative projects, when I have the time, including photography, although I don't get as much practice as I would like these days. I still love to travel, but have less opportunity than in past years. I'm satisfied that I made best use of time, however; I've always tried to collect photographs, memories and experiences rather than material things. I'm still always looking forward to my next adventure, and seeking to correspond with others who do likewise!
------THINGS I LOVE:------
Travel, books, travel books, learning, reading, photography, ancient history, Rome, dragonfruit, thunderstorms, historic houses, Chopin, natural history museums, horses, music, farming, October, pumpkin spice everything, beautiful corn, the smell of the sea, Kurt Vonnegut novels, Impressionism, tea of all sorts, art museums, Thai silk, the color and smell of copper, journaling, black star sapphires, gardening, the desert at sunset, Oscar Wilde ("You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit."), the color red, Thai food, mosaic art, orchids, New York City... life.
"When you stop growing you start dying."
-William S. Burroughs, Junky
"Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart."
"The wound is the place where the Light enters you."
-Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic Sufi scholar and theologian
“My heart is a thousand years old. I am not like other people.”
"Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.”
"I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.'”
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering."
"Life is a comedy to those who think and a tragedy to those who feel."
“The lamps are different, but the light is the same.”
“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
"Do I contradict myself?
Very well, then, I contradict myself.
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)"
"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars."
–Jack Kerouac, On The Road
"I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center."
"What's madness but nobility of the soul
At odds with circumstance? The day's on fire!"
"In order to achieve the impossible, one must attempt the absurd."
-Miguel de Cervantes
"Far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory, nor defeat."
"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how."
"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."
-Voltaire, Questions sur les Miracles
“You must learn from other people’s mistakes. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.”
"History never repeats itself but it often rhymes."
“Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.”
“It’s your road, and yours alone: others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.”
"If I bring forth what is inside me, what is inside me will save me."
----WHO I WOULD LIKE TO MEET:----
Other persons with insatiable curiosity and fascination with the world around them. Just looking for people who have the same interests I do - world travel, music, literature, photography, history and museums, art exhibits and academic life.
No purchase necessary. Winner will be selected at random on 10/01/2023. Offer available only in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico). Offer subject to change without notice. See contest rules for full details.
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