I'm the very proud mom of a daughter who's a senior at one of NYC's best high schools, excelling in science (never a strong point for me). This is our year for looking for college. Next year - which will come quickly, as things manage to do! - she will be off on her own and I will face the proverbial empty nest. This means more time to do more of the thigns I love to do - and I'd love to share my time with the right man.
A bit about what I do: I own a small publishing and walking tour business, focusing on ethnic food in NYC. I have backgrounds in education and journalism. I've written several books. Nine years ago I became a special education resource room teacher. I love it - I have the same schedule as my daughter, teach in a lovely, small school close to home with great kids. And I have time to do other things while the work I get paid for is important and satisfying. I love having long summers off.
I love to read, cook, travel, ride my bicycle (I took many overseas bike tours before adopting my daughter, and I bike-commute to work), and go to movies and LOTS of theater. I’m a jazz fan and love almost anything having to do with NYC. I'm fortunate to live near one of Manhattan's most beautiful parks.
I am a good friend to my friends. I love hosting dinners for them.
You? A mensch! You should love reading, whether it's the New York Times, the New Yorker, fiction, non-fiction. My favorites include Michael Chabon's "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" and Joseph O'Neill's "Netherland." What are yours? Great books are like gourmet meals. I love the feeling that comes with finishing a delicious book. But I also feel sad when the “meal” is over and I often hunger for second helpings from that author.
You should be kind, independent, smart, politically aware – and liberal. Be serious but not take yourself too seriously. Be able to laugh at the awkwardness of Internet dating - but realize that at our age it may be the best way to find a great person!
You should be passionate about what you do, in work and for fun. Be idealistic despite all the hypocrisy around us. But be pragmatic, too. Be willing to try new things - open to other cultures, movies, food, books.
You should not be overly compulsive or formal. I'm quite informal and rarely wear makeup. I do love earrings and necklaces but they’re not terribly fancy. I love color, beads and interesting materials for jewelry.
You should be a healthy eater. I love to eat, but in recent years have changed to healthier (and more delicious!) food. I find that many countries I travel to have wonderful cuisines and use great ingredients! I love greenmarkets and know the best neighborhoods to buy produce. Can we cook together?
Re-entering the dating/partnership world is a big step. Navigating this world is intimidating. I've been on another on-line site for a while but haven't really followed up. A friend recommended this one (and I met the wonderful guy she's seeing now), so I'm trying it out. Although I've done many things alone, I'd like to share more of my life with the right person - maybe you!