My day job is being a professor, but my hobbies almost all involve working with my hands. I love to do woodworking (currently building cabinets for my kitchen). If there were an SPCA for plants, I would be in trouble, but I garden anyway. Stray animals know that I'm a sucker for a hungry look, and I have collected too many of them. Reading has always been a passion-from trashy mystery novels, to Russian literature, to my favorite economists. I adore learning about new things, and I'll try most things once--which gives me plenty of opportunity to laugh at myself.I'm not as knowledgeable about Judaism as I wish I were and would love to learn more, but I live a good distance away from a temple.My politics and world view are liberal. I sincerely believe that we have a responsibility to our communities--writ both large and small.