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“she’s got red lipstick and a bright pair of shoes
and she’s got knee high socks what to cover a bruise …”

— Andrew Bird

Andrea-Janda-spyglass

Dreamer, dancer, photographer, writer, singer, guitar-player, laugher, leaper, stranger, searcher, nap-taker, baker, wine-drinker, deep-thinker, painter, poet, gunslinger, talker, magician, visionary, superhero, surrealist, cat-lover, kite-flyer, star-gazer, nite-driver, spangle-maker, beekeeper, teacher, yogi, alchemist, witch, cartographer, in search of like-minded, cut-clothed, passionate people with integrity & clarity who believe in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things.
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Born June 19th, 1972 – lifetime student achievement award in Psychology, a former childhood Navy-brat born on Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor Washington.

Andrea lives near a dormant cinder cone in the South Tabor neighborhood of Portland Oregon, with her creative partner in crime, David, and two cats Bengal cats, Xander and Willow (yes, named for Buffy The Vampire Slayer characters). She’s a graduate of Portland State University with a BS in psychology, loves the wild landscapes of nature, science, technology and mind, enjoys singing while cooking, practicing yoga, taking photos, and is constantly seeking to carve out hours from the day to reflect and write.

Andrea finds inspiration for her writing in every day observations, overheard conversations, inexplicable kismet and the magical meetings and happenstances that occur while being present.

amanitameShe wishfully patterns her writing style after authors who have inspired her interests including the natural observations of Annie Dillard, the Jungian, feminine, symbolic language of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, the mythological folklore of Joseph Campbell, the fierce and lovely poetics of Adrienne Rich, the humorous, satirical sensibilities of David Sedaris, the sci-fci bend of the silly and fantastic à la Douglas Adams, the sociological, media, and technological savvy of Douglas Rushkoff, the scientific humanism of Natalie Angier, the sacred economist Charles Eisenstein, and the lovely, lusty, lyrical prose of Jeanette Winterson.

She is currently researching for a book covering the topic of food as featured in faerie tales.