I am an academic who is finishing my dissertation in philosophy, ethics, and religion. I would describe myself as an analytic person; with Socrates, I think the "unexamined life is not worth living." I want to leave the world a better place than I found it (no small task given the current state of affairs!), and I don't think that's possible without self-examination. But I also think there's more to life than thinking! I am also spiritual and strive to find balance between mind and body. I exercise regularly and am a vegetarian (though I don't require others to be vegetarian). I really enjoy the simple pleasures in life: good conversations with friends, walking my dog, taking in a movie, and having friends over for dinner. I like to travel (some) and love the beach! I can be perfectionistic about some things, have a good sense of humor and a bit of an independent streak.