100 things about me:
I live in Portland Oregon, crunchyville USA
I rent a house with my son’s dad. No we’re not “together” (yeah, it’s a long story)
My son is 9, He plays piano, loves to draw pictures and tell stories and reads a few grade levels ahead. He is reading a 400 page book right now.
I’m in an EdD program right now at Portland State University
My focus is adult learners.
I want to write my dissertation on knitting, feminism, spirituality, creativity as healing, and social justice. Not necessarily in that order.
I want to teach knitting to women in prison (and homeless youth) as a transformative learning project
I have two cats, Vivian (mama kitty) and Madelyn (her baby)
Vivian has an annoying meow. But we still love her.
I have waaaaaay too much yarn but I can’t help getting more
I love going to Goodwill and getting old sweaters to make something new
I would like to learn to spin some day
I would love to have my own farm with my own sheep and spin my own yarn someday
I want this farm to be within walking distance of the ocean
This is actually possible in Oregon
I am originally from Boston. When I’m tried you can really hear my accent
Knitting was my first feminist act
I’ve been knitting since 1990
I was always the only black kid in school
I was tortured a lot
I got lucky and got to go to a private boarding school for girls.
It is a performing arts school.
I was really happy for the first time at that school
I don’t really talk that much to anyone I went to high school with
When I got out of high school I did a lot of drugs
It was fun for a while
But not anymore. I get sauced on 2 glasses of wine.
I used to have purple hair and wore combat boots and hung out on the steps of the Boston Public library
I buy organic when I can afford it
I love Annie’s pasta in a box
My favorite color is blue but I like to knit with purples and yellows
I eat chicken and fish
I sometimes use tarot cards as a guide
But I’m not into New Age stuff. Sort of.
I’m really interested in Buddhism offered by Thick Nahn Hahn and Pema Chodron
Knitting is meditation for me
I HATE sex in the city.
My favorite movies are Shawshank Redemption, Amelie, Liquid Sky, Color Purple, Brother from Another Planet, Brazil, Ordinary People, Deloris Claiborne……
My favorite music right now is Cocteau Twins, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Frou Frou, Penguin Café Orchestra, Stevie Wonder, The Cure, John Coltrane, Billy Holiday, Weezer…….
My favorite books are Running with Scissors by Augustan Burroughs (and I read an interview with him that said he likes Elizabeth Berg so I read her too) Mona Simpson, Wally Lamb, bell hooks, Margaret Atwood, Alice Walker……….
I’m on the borderline for high blood pressure so I try to exercise and eat lots of green stuff. Since I don’t have a car (don’t want one neither) I walk everywhere so that’s not too bad but I really don’t like many green foods so I try to cut down on junk and eat more salads.
I should ride my bike more (but I get all sweaty and I have a lot of places to go, people to see, things to do and I don’t want to do that all sweaty)
I used to have a Mohawk
I am a pessimist. Kinda like the Robot from Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy
I have a BFA. Know what that is?
I never used to go hiking till I moved to Oregon. I love it.
I don’t have a good relationship with my mother.
My grandmother is a product of black Indians. There’s no records of their marriage or birth certificates or anything (People of color were not people back then so there was no need for paperwork) so I make up my own mythology of my heritage. But my birth certificate says “negro” on it. Can you tell what decade I was born?
I want braids like Terrance Trent D’Arby. Remember him?
People say I have a big, infectious laugh