Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I've learned to strive for balance in my life, between work and
play, and I avoid toxic people. Life is too short to waste time on
them. I am fundamentally an optimist -- something I discovered in
my response to some challenging events a few years ago. I like
science, especially biology and nutrition, but I am also a fine-art
photographer. My politics are mostly left of center. Quality
conversation is essential for getting my attention. So is a sense
of humor. Travel is important -- I've been to a lot of different
places in our amazing world. I'm an agnostic, but photography is
often a meditative and spiritual act for me, probably because of
how it slows me down to observe carefully and concentrate visually.
I'm very tolerant of other people's religious beliefs, as long as
they don't try to convert me.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I write magazine articles and books and lecture on nutrition, but a
few years ago decided to reduce my workload to part time, so I
could spend more time on my fine-art photography and more
recreational travel. I've been in Japan three times in the past
three years (twice for business and play), and I'll be back there
(mostly Tokyo and Kyoto) again in October. I also try to spend time
in Portland, Oregon, where my son is and where I lived before
moving to Tucson. My photography comes from the heart, and right
now it's the activity that's most important to me. And art in
general speaks to my soul. Some of my photography is very
traditional, and some of it is very experimental. I'll also write
an occasional poem or haiku when inspired.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Writing, photography, cooking, listening, conversation, walking,
enjoying nature. I also love road trips -- there's something
meditative and therapeutic about them when done right.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
You'll have to tell me ... but maybe it's my blue eyes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
I like starting my days with some mellow organic coffee, the NYT
and local paper. I prefer foreign and indie films (e.g., at the
Loft), and just about anything with Star Trek in its name. (Don’t
worry, I don’t dress up in Star Trek uniforms.) If you get the
humor of Portlandia, that's great. I recently read a biography of
Leonard Cohen. Oh gosh, I've got piles of art books (Rossetti to
Rothko) that I'll retreat to. Music is very important to me, and my
musical tastes are eclectic, including 60s rock, folk, classical,
real Irish Celtic (not the homogenized stuff put out for most
Americans), indie folk (e.g., Luluc), and homeopathic doses of
opera (Puccini is fine). I enjoy ethnic foods and live theatre.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Camera, Mac and other Apple devices, pen/paper, kitchen, quality
food, travel. I have to add a seventh and an eighth or so: my grown
son, who has amazed me; my amazing friends in Tucson and Portland,
who I cherish and hold close to my heart and think of every day. My
life would not be the same without all of them.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Life and the universe and how important it is to live life well and
sincerely ... and to simply spend time thinking about things and
processing ideas and experiences.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Probably going out for dinner, sometimes with one of my close
friends. But then, I will often do this on another night and veg at
home on Friday night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
When I get to know you a little better.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
This is important: I have high standards, but I don't expect
absolute perfection, and I hope you don't expect absolute
perfection either. After all, who can honestly claim that in their
60s? It would be especially nice if you have done the "homework" to
minimize your baggage (i.e., baggage should be small enough to fit
into an overhead bin). Sharing common interests is important, but I
would never expect perfect alignment. We all need our own space.
That said, my ideal way of meeting someone online is through a
couple of short emails, then cutting to the chase and meeting at a
cafe. I'm not interested in long ongoing emails -- that's
communicating with a computer and a fantasy, not a real person. If
you think there might be a connection, please send me a note. I'm
open to a quality friendship -- and to a quality friendship that
might lead to something more serious. I'm not one to rush into
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