In Ancient Greece, human beings were said to embody combinations of four temperaments, the melancholic, the choleric, the phlegmatic, and the sanguine. When balanced, individuals could live healthfully, and mindfully. Similar to Aristole’s temperaments, success in my community is balanced engagement with the hands, the head, and the heart.

I was raised under my mother’s head, rational and calculated, and my father’s heart, open and oozing.

I first learned to use my hands.

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