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Social Nets See About Me I value people, experiences, places, and ideas, and I live a (materially) simple life. I'm very grateful for the experiences I've had and the independent life I can live today. I love learning and continue to explore any topic that catches my interest. I value where I live, and I'm grateful that I've gotten to know some people here.


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Favorite Movies

  • The Ice Storm
  • The Last Picture Show
  • Suzanne's Career
  • Vertigo
  • American Beauty
  • The Virgin Suicides
  • My Man Godfrey
  • Woman Under the Influence
  • The Birds
  • Fire Maidens of Outer Space

Favorite Music

ABBA, Tori Amos, Alanis Morissette, Counting Crows, Loreena McKennitt, Mozart, The Decemberists

Favorite TV Shows

I don't have a TV, but I watch online video, "The Twilight Zone" (original series), documentaries, old movies, Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Favorite Quotes

"In a gentle way, you can shake the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi

"Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler." -- Albert Einstein

Reading I'm reading in the area of urban criticim, planning, architecture, cultural geography, history, and demographics for a section of my Web site, People Places.

Favorites from Past Reading

  • In Our Time, by Ernest Hemingway
    The short story collection that launched Hemingway's writing career.
  • A Short History of the World, by Geoffrey Blainey
    A highly-readable, one-volume sketch of human history, highlighting the interplay of settlement patterns with technology and practices (the mastery of fire, meat-eating, agriculture, religions, warfare, government, cities, ocean travel, the printing press, medicine, physics, the steam engine, world wars, atomic power, and space travel).
  • Extra Nutty! Even more letters from a nut, by Ted L. Nancy
    Ted needs a lot of help with hotel stays, pumpkin odor, Valclav Havel, and loony new store ideas.
  • Letters to Yesenin (and) Returning to Earth, by Jim Harrison
  • Worldwalk, by Steven M. Newman
    Steven Newman walked around the world during 1983-1987. Although his life was threatened, he steadily traversed 24,000 kilometers and faced a vast and intricate mix of beauty, ugliness, evil, and love all at the same time and showed that adaptability, openness, and tenacity can get you far.
  • The Sun Also Rises
  • A Moveable Feast
  • This Side of Paradise
  • Cities of the Interior
  • The High Cost of Free Parking
  • The Book of Nightmares
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