The Masked Tokenhippygirl – picture taken in Belize.
Interests: Wife. Dogs. Cameras. Blog. Grandkids. Music. Words. Travel. Family. Friends. Beauty. Inspiration. Nature. Film. Kayak. Life. Food. Wind. Trees. Chocolate. Peace. People. Clouds. Art. Ocean. Fall. Laughing. Poetry. Theater. Being silly. Fly fishing. Ideas. R-pod. Books. Being with the people I love.
What’s with the Token Hippy Girl thing? I was working in the Southern part of Oregon for a couple of years and, for those who don’t know, the southern part of the state is pretty conservative. There I was, a very liberal Birkenstocks and beret wearing girl, living and working among a much more conservative set. We always got along great, because you know, to each their own about politics and way of life, but I definitely didn’t fit the mould down there. One day while my boss and I were chatting he paused for a moment and then said, with a little twinkle in his eye, “you know… every office has to have at least one token hippy girl and you are ours”. It made us both smile. I loved it and was also sort of proud of it. It sparked a whole thing and engendered a nickname that would stick with me to this day.
The Title For The Blog: Way back when, moons ago when I was setting up my first blog, I obviously had to think of a name for it. During this process of trying to figure out the name it occurred to me I think about everything, a lot. Too much. Sometimes I think so long and so hard it seems as though I’m having two or three sides of a conversation all inside my head. Contemplating, discerning, debating, mulling over, and trying to look at all sides. Suddenly it came to me…. what’s going on in my head is like what sometimes happens in a think tank. People trying to think through situations and problems with the express purpose of coming up with new solutions and ideas. Suddenly, I had my name. Tam’s Think Tank is a reference to my ability to sit quietly for hours being entertained solely by what’s going on inside my head.
My Other Haunts:
TJ Parker Photography – Work
Flickr – Posting tons of photos all the time.
Movies I’ll Watch Again and Again: Anything by Hitchcock… especially I Confess, The Trouble with Harry, Suspicion, and Rebecca. Otherwise… Dune, The Usual Suspects, The Princess Bride, Dark City, old sci-fi, Before Sunrise, Playing by Heart, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Inception, Ladyhawke, Legends of the Fall, Holiday, Capote, The Children’s Hour, the Matrix trilogy, the first three Star Wars movies, Jackie Brown, State and Main
Some Of The Music I Love: Vertical Horizon, Collective Soul, The Stones, BTO, Maroon 5, Dishwalla, Dar Williams, Indigo Girls, America, Michael Buble, Crosby Stills and Nash, Ray Lamontagne, David Gray, Amos Lee, Marc Broussard, Jon McLaughlin, The Civil Wars, The Lone Bellow, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Melissa Etheridge, Antigone Rising, Michael Tolcher, The Guess Who, Sarah McLachlan, Benny Goodman, Mozart, Cheryl Wheeler, Bobby Blue Bland, Elton John, Billy Joel, Matt Wertz, Aretha Franklin, Vivaldi, Gomez, Brett Dennon.
Pages I Keep Turning: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Elephant Vanishes, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dry, the Thomas Covenant series, The Night Circus, Tao Te Ching, poetry of e.e. cummings and Pablo Neruda, the Harry Potter series, early Stephen King, Brave New World, The Jungle, Running With Scissors, The Hunger Games.
Lastly… The Legal Stuff: All words, thoughts, ideas, and the like posted here belong solely to the author. Any use or misuse of aforementioned words, thoughts, ideas, and the like is not acceptable. If you’d like to use any of what you find here, please ask permission first. Many thanks.