Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
So how to summarize a life? I haven't done a 9 to 5 thing for 15
years which means I'm pretty fortunate. I don't hold a full time
job anymore but I'm hardly retired either. In fact, I'm kind of
nutso busy. How did that happen? What I like now is I live on my
own terms; time and flexibility are more important to me than
anything else. It's lovely to make room for things that I've always
wanted to do. I've traveled a lot and I think nothing has molded me
more. No I don't think I have to travel and then beauty is
everywhere, yes? My inner landscape interests me now too. My
challenge these days is to learn how to live every day, pace
myself, buck the Teutonic thing of pushing oneself to the bone.
Everybody in my family has this affliction, pushing themselves like
their life depends on it. We can't seem to help it. But I'm
learning to chill, yes I am, living in the MO. But it's not easy to
change yourself in a fundamental way, have you noticed?
I think I'm an introvert-extrovert right down the middle; I go
through phases of manic socialization. On the one hand, I'm buoyed
by doing things with people I really love or enjoy, who are
positive, who make me feel comfortable. But it's always nice to
pull back too. I implode if I don't have enough down time to
I'm a tree hugger actually, yes, out with it. I care about
countries and people and animals and the environment and the future
and hope you do too. I don't think global warming is a liberal
plot. I flinch when I merely pass someone working out at the gym
and Bill O'Reilly is on Fox. Why does OKCupid tiptoe around
political persuasions? Time is of the essence, yes? We need to
(A recent NY Times article I read said people on these sites often
fudge their weight and their ages. Geez, why didn't I think of
that? My photos are all dated, I'm precisely 5'8" as stated, not
shrinking, 134 lbs and slender.)
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I've worked hard in the nonprofit sector for years, most recently
as a consultant, furthering causes I care about; I think I'll
always do this on some level. I've concluded you can't save the
world, just affect your little parcel, so there's less intensity
about it all now. I've lightened up a lot, learning to laugh and
play more, indulge in everything I love and minimize negative
things. I am doing more creative things, things I've always wanted
to do, should have been doing all along. I wrote a memoir about my
travels in the developing world (it's true, there's one good book
in all of us). I talked about it long enough and finally did it.
I've done a run of photographic exhibits on Morocco in galleries in
Howard and Montgomery county. I had a great response. This has been
a very satisfying endeavor, but it's also getting tougher to sell
art in this economy.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Keeping in touch; supporting friends; analyzing; organizing events
(not my office); cooking things I like to eat; researching; being
an animal whisperer; intuition; editing photos and editing
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
Actually, you have to tell me... but be kind.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Love reading and movie watching. Oh, so many. Midnight's Children,
The God of Small Things, The Hours, Bel Canto, White Tiger, about
India; great read. Movies: The King's Speech, A Single Man, The
Horse Boy, The Red Violin, Stranger than Fiction, Elling, The
Shower. Trying to see more funny/clever/whimsical movies; too many
movies and plays are cheerless. Music: Modern Arabic, blues, rock,
new age, some classical, open to lots of things. I love
Mediterranean, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexican food.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Art; wonder; beauty; writing; photography; laughter; movies;
reading; friends; animals; affection/kissing/cuddling; music; new
projects; great food.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
.... too many things; I'm a ruminator. That's why I meditate when I
can; clears out the crap (we get too much of what's wrong with the
world, how much can a person take?); how I can be better; things I
can't change and want to change (eternally working on that); how to
be more efficient with my time; how to do everything I want to do
in the time I have left.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
...going to my local international/indie film group.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
...you want to! Sure the %s count for something, sure liking/ doing
the same things count for a lot. But in the end, what counts is an
emotional connection; everything else tends to fall in place.
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