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tea & reverie

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I am a single woman living in Illinois. I am fortunate to live in a quiet semi-rural area where I can turn to the beauties of the natural world for spiritual sustenance and inspiration. I try to base my existence on ideas of slowness, contemplation, inner luxury, and poetic perception. I have a particular fondness for fin-de-siècle artists and writers, and I am always trying to learn from their aesthetic insights. I am also an admirer of Gaston Bachelard and value his work on creative imagination and poetic reverie. My hobbies include writing, gardening, pondering the mysteries of the Tao, and reading old digressive books. And I like to drink tea.

"One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead."--Oscar Wilde
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