Born American, raised Episcopalian, converted to Orthodoxy some fifteen years ago. I know the Answer to life, the universe, and everything; of the answers, I have only a share. I like looking outside the box, and dislike lack of vision and legalism. Give me a vista, for the big picture; but give me a focus, to get to the heart of the matter! I value courtesy highly and therefore disdain political correctness. I am orthodox yet unconventional, traditional yet unconservative, rigorous yet flexible, a thinker yet not a pedant. I love paradox but not contradiction, mystery but not concealment, honesty but not belligerence, cooperation not competition, and many kinds of puzzles you can't quite get your arms around. I think Wikipedia is more than a fine idea; it's also practical and thrives on good will and freedom (together, inseparably). And I do love the environment when a win is not a win unless it's a win-win-win-win-win.