I've traveled all over the world visiting friends in Europe, Asia, and Africa, but I love my home in New England, by the Atlantic Ocean.. My work has been in academic media and information services, international exchange, and lifelong learning - mostly languages and literature. I volunteer a lot in my community and with Friends, and I try to stay mindful. I am a low-impact guest. A simple, clean room for solitude is my preference; TV, air conditioning and breakfasts are not important to me, though an internet connection and access to coffee is nice. My motto is "life is what is happening while you're making other plans," which is a quote from either John Lennon, Santayana or Salada Tea.