I'm the very proud mom of a daughter who's a freshman studying engineering at a wonderful and exciting university. She's close enough for us to visit - and far enough for her to cherish her independence and spread her wings. So I'm now facing the proverbial empty nest. This should mean more time to do the things I love to do - and I'd love to share my time with the right man, sharing his passions as well.
A bit about what I do: I created and run a small publishing and walking tour business (I work solo), focusing on ethnic food and culture in NYC. I have backgrounds in education and journalism. I've written several books. Twelve years ago I became a special education resource room teacher. and I now teach at a small school within bicycling distance of home. I love being paid to do work that's important and satisfying - and having long summers off.
I love to read, cook, travel, ride my bicycle (I took many overseas bike tours before adopting my daughter), 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! Someone who cares about the world around you. You should love reading, whether it's the New York Times, the New Yorker, fiction, non-fiction. My favorites include Colum McCann's amazing novel "Let the Great World Spin," Michael Chabon's "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" and Joseph O'Neill's "Netherland." What are yours? To me 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'm told I look a lot younger than my age... but I don't lie about it and presume you don't, either.
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. Although I've done many things alone and don't really mind it/ I'd like to share more of my life with the right person - maybe you!
PS: Do not "flirt" and don't contact me if you don't live in or near Manhattan.