My name is Avens. I am currently based out of Santa Monica, CA. I moved in June (2010) from Boston, MA to Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, and in January 2012 decided to stop commuting 300 miles to work, so the move a LV was pertinent. After much adventuring, I came back to LA in June of 2013. I travel a lot, however, and lots of places feel like home (or perhaps none), so I'm a wanderer by most accurate definition. I am an animal lover, music lover, dork, and former Army Brat. I'm a student of many things - philosophy, theology, politics, sociology, communication - officially a student of Behavioral Sciences, which is what my completely useless BA is in. :)
I'm an extrovert & a Libra. I dig writing, talking, communicating in general, as well as posing for photographers, training small parrots, teaching people about Druidism while being an agnostic, playing devil's advocate, and third party politics.
I was raised neo-pagan by a Celtic Reconstructionist Druid (mother) and a Wiccan (dad). I called myself a Druid for years and have a significant store of Celtic knowledge, but also study Norse, Hellenic and Indian (not Native American) traditions. I also dabble with interest in the traditions of Jews, Catholics, Buddhists and whatever wanders into my life and looks interesting. At the end of the day, however, I seek the answers to life in science, and question everything. I claim no specific religious affiliation anymore, and have far more issues with religion than I do faith in any.
I served as Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire from 2006-2008. I would attempt to describe myself as a small-l libertarian and tend to call myself a Classical Liberal, but I become increasingly sick of politics with every passing year. I'm pro-choice and pro-gun, primarily, everything else is a conversation I'll probably end up having with you eventually, and the position I'll take at that moment will be the one opposite yours.
Other key points: I'm wicked optimistic. I was homeschooled. I'm a dork who likes sci-fi movies, comic books, and HTML.
Feel free to add me as a friend (I'd love if you'd introduce yourself), I'll probably add you back - I try to keep up with my friend's list. If I've added you it's because I happened upon you and found something I thought was interesting. My apologies if I haven't introduced myself.
"Avens O'Brien makes amazing eggs. I don't know if it is her subtle use of apple cider vinegar, her delicate sprinkling of salt and pepper, or her expert use of a cast iron skillet, but whatever it is, her fried eggs are superb and dare I say addicting." - Cassandra Lynn or whyelaborate
"Avens is like the night, mysterious and beautiful in her darkness. Her pale light leads you down dim tree lined trails. She is the beauty and cunning of the wolves howling at the moon speaking of a time before man and fire." -Bruce
"She looks innocent and naive, doesn't she? Well, it's a bold-faced lie. She's smart, she's capable, she's clever and wicked, she's hot, and while she could force you to your knees and make you crawl, she won't, cause she's not into that sort of thing. ;) Beautiful. Brilliant. Some people say to other people "oh, you're going places, baby", but they have no fucking clue how far THIS girl is going to go. She's probably going to rule the world." - cyclothemia
"This fine young women is the holder of unheard of potential...it's there for the harnessing. Her poetry is unbelievable; maybe she'll share some with you. You would be lucky to get to know her as well as I do. And I count my pagan blessings everyday that I do." - Dissonance of Thought Control