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I make things (stained glass, sushi napkins, pysanky, necklaces, bagels, embroidery, cabbage rolls, etc.) for fun. Write poetry but am too critical and so find it agonizing. I have sewn and cooked nearly every type of thing. I like to read about science, particularly neuroscience. Do contract writing and graphics from home for a living. Raised a reasonably happy kid, am keeping a spouse of 35+ years reasonably healthy and happy. Though nearing retirement, I still wonder what I should do when I grow up.Here's my poem about motherhood written during the Iraq War, when contemplating Saddam Hussein's challenge that the "mother of all wars" was about to begin amidst worries of Oklahoma's windy weather. I wrote a poem about the kind of temperate parenting that avoids creating the Saddam Husseins of the world. Later I read that Saddam's father used to beat him often. The Mother of All Storms In this paper- and jacket-piled home, typhoons touch down without warning - whirlwinds jut with arms and feet wrestling, hugging, fighting and ever raining socks, combs, trolls and crumbs. I’m the weathervane - shrugging, spinning and pointing out:      No banging on the doorbell to make Tinker howl,      No napping on the entry, stairs or driveway,      No putting Silly Putty in gum wrappers for a gag      No massaging biscuits or abusing bananas, and      No feet, shoes, or socks on the dinner table. I’m the barometer of storms that gust among us - Seeding clouds with popcorn, tracking how long a squall blows, or warning in my make-my-day voice to stop and take cover.
Favorite Music:
Elgar, Kodaly, Bartok, Prokofiev, Satie, Orff, Joyce Yang, Paul Neubauer, Glenn Gould, Joshua Bell, Yo Yo Ma, Thelonius Monk, Adam Lambert, Sally Oldfield, Tony Romanello, Muse, Bernard Benoit, Chris Norman (The Flower of Port Williams), Joan Tower.
Favorite TV Shows:
Be Good Johnny Weir, www.ted.com ( http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_barber_how_i_fell_in_love_with_a_fish.html ), www.hulu.com, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, Ed Schultz, The Today Show, Colbert Report, 30 Rock.
Favorite Movies:
Avatar, Gandhi, Babette's Feast, Julie and Julia, Jesus in Montreal.

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