ENFJ/ENFP, full of energy, kindness, optimism, ideas, and occasionally shit, but willing to be called on it. I've mellowed and choose my fights, have a sharp mind and a strong backbone and exercise both regularly. Engage me with interesting ideas, a twinkle in the eye and the promise of mischief, and game on.
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching middle school science, staying in shape, playing my violin, pampering my cat. Thinking of tunes and stories in the back of my mind, and when I get inspired they come busting out. Rewriting my novel as the screenplay it was meant to be.
I’m really good at
I learn (esp. languages) quickly, love word games, am a demon on a
bike and on rollerblades, and used to be a darned good swimmer. I
have an intuitive feel for how to prepare delicious food and use
recipes only for ideas. I make delicious hummus, baba ghanouj,
vegetarian food, challah, and killer apple crisps and pumpkin pies.
I have an excellent sense of direction and can sing in solfeggio as
well as anybody has done it, apparently. Movable Do, please.
Capable violinist and writer of odd songs.
The first things people usually notice about me
My energy and my outsized thighs and calves (biking will do that).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: anything Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Dickens, Hemingway, Roth, Updike, Heinrich Boll, Isabelle Allende, Coetze, Kingsolver, Hosseini; Movies that involve character development and--quite often-- subtitles, and don't focus on special effects (I loved My Dinner With Andre: nothing happened, but it was a hoot!). Soft spot for old Woody Allen films (esp. Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Hannah and her Sisters). Anything by Coen Brothers (A Serious Man was fabulous, but perhaps Burn After Reading gets the nod). Anything Merchant Ivory. Have seen Brazil more than a dozen times--and it always has abundant timely insights. Food: anything veggie that's prepared well or just raw; peppery but grassy and bright olive oil, olives, brussel sprouts, kale, spinach, any roasted vegetable (esp. peppers and asparagus), tomato anything, beets, goat cheese, arugula. I absolutely adore eggplant parmesan when it's done right. Garlic--whole cloves perfectly roasted, eaten as a delicious anti-vampire snack. Salmon any way imaginable, fresh oysters, scallops, dark chocolate, sauvignon blanc, Rioja, unpeated Scotch, dark musty rum. Music: jazz (Miles Davis, Bill Evans!), classical--esp. Beethoven, Bach, Haydn, and Mozart (all fabulous to play as well as listen to. I get together with friends periodically to play quartets (I play violin)). Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartok, Debussy are gods. Billie Holiday, Ella, Eva Cassidy, Frankie S, Judy Garland, Simon & Garfinkle, J. Taylor's old stuff, Bill Croce. I also adore good banjo playing and bluegrass: where this comes from, I haven't a clue, but the banjo has such a happy twang. I love to (swing) dance but have gotten rusty. Also, line dances.
The six things I could never do without
In no particular order, eight:
Friends and family (which includes my cat, Spanky)
Music (playing and listening)
Getting away from the city into the green countryside
A bike--for transportation, freedom, exercise
Beauty in all its forms
Interesting ideas to knock around
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The positive: how this world didn't have to be made so beautiful: surely we're supposed to note and appreciate beauty wherever and whenever we find it and be thankful!
The negative: how greedy, nasty, dishonest people live with themselves. Whatever happened to a having a sense of shame and a conscience?
The expected: my son, who is 11 years old and growing up so quickly (he lives with his mother in St. Maarten).
The unexpected: how to prevent my bike from being stolen (3 stolen so far in DC, despite hefty locks!). POSTSCRIPT: I RECOVERED one of the stolen bikes! It's a crazy story.
The bizarre: why so many otherwise worldly, articulate, intensely literate, and strong women curl right up when they encounter a book.
On a typical Friday night I am
Home with my cat (Spanky), relaxing, having a glass of wine,
cooking something good, occasionally getting together with friends
for a lovely evening of playing music, eating well, telling
stories, and practicing my Hebrew and Dutch.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm looking for a Mitch McConnell voodoo doll.
You should message me if
you'd like to embark on one of the most interesting conversations you've had.
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