February 2, 2014
I like Humanist (I am an AHA member) but also have been known to go by Naturalist ;-)
The kids and teens that I work with in my profession and those I have in my life who care about me. Oh, and my faithful dog, Tanner! :-)
Anything that is about preserving natural habitats, or assisting endangered species, helping to educate others. If I had to choose one problem to eradicate, it would be ignorance, because I am fairly sure most other social problems are either a direct or indirect result of this malady.
Community is very important to me, and that's part of why I live the way I have chosen. The places I have experienced "community" in my life so far have been rare, though one of them is the sailing community, particularly us "liveaboards." We are a very tight community, and feeling a sense of belonging in the world is something human beings all require, though it's difficult to find other than in a microcosm of your own immediate family, but not beyond that. With the blinding speed that technology has entered all our lives, creating a system of "communication" that is primarily removed and disembodied (texts, emails, Instagrams, etc), I think it is even more important to create community, real community between people to slow this electronic alienation.
I'm an over-educated self-employed professional in Ventura, who lives a very non-conventional life aboard my sailboat in Ventura Harbor. I enjoy many outdoor activities and most of all, opportunities to have intelligent conversation.
Enjoyed the people I have met so far, wish I could attend the discussion groups