I'm a queer writer, artist (oil painting/mixed media social commentary), photographer and animal lover who loves to hike and wander on long walks, often distracted taking photos. I grew up in a rural town in Illinois and lived outside of D.C. and Philadelphia for a number of years.I adore the ocean in the off season. I love NYC and LA. I am vegetarian at home. I love creative cuisine and Thai food. I cleave to Buddhist philosophy on my terms. When I left the corporate world where I worked with computers, I took the LSATs and had a partnership set up in town. People said I'd be a good teacher. After some visualization and thought, I chose teaching.