I am a passionate person with lots of energy who loves laughing and
making others smile. I'm always wearing a smile, although I can
occasionally be melancholy (I love Sarah McLachlan). Sense of humor
is key for all relationships with me, as well as a sense of
adventure. Curiosity and open-mindedness about the world is one of
my favorite traits in people. My favorite country is Colombia (been
60 times), although the Dominican Republic holds a special place in
my heart too, as I lived there for 4 years as an adult.
My current work is with street kids and other vulnerable children
in Africa Latin America, and I am on the road more than 50%. I've
been to 60 countries, lived in 3, and feel most alive when
traveling. But I also love coming home, and I take great pride in
being a "domesticated bachelor" who runs a tight ship at home,
especially in the kitchen. Yet I believe that women and men do have
some different roles, and taking the trash out is MY job!
Oh, and I don't have a TV and haven't watched it for nearly 15
years. So if you are a TV junkie (especially 'reality' TV), we
won't click. If you'd rather tickle the ivories on a piano, or
listen to music by the fireplace, then you're my kind of girl.
What I’m doing with my life
I run a family foundation that builds homes/shelters for street
kids and other vulnerable children in Africa and Latin America. Of
particular interest to me is the fight against human trafficking,
and I fortunate to be involved in it through work and personal
volunteering with a couple orgs. I still have a strong interest in
business (my background was in business development, project
management, consulting, and sales pre-philanthropy) and now want to
merge the two, creating business solutions to help towards
I’m really good at
travel and planning trips (for myself and others)
making people smile and laugh. (and indeed doing so makes me
cooking and hosting dinner parties.
forgetting family and friends' birthdays (thanks Facebook for
helping save me!)
The first things people usually notice about me
my smile. extroverted personality and ability to connect with them
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies: The Princess Bride, Shawshank Redemption, Les Mis, James
Bond, Jason Bourne, The Little Mermaid!
Books: The Prodigal by Henri Nouwen. Various travelogues, like The
Piano Shop on the Left Bank. All Michael Lewis books like The Big
Short and Boomerang. The Bible, as cliche as it may sound, and even
though I don't read it all the time.
Music: latin (pop, rock, jazz, oldies).
Country/Americana/Bluegrass. Italian and French 1930's and modern.
Pop Opera. Classical. some Top 40/american pop.
The six things I could never do without
Good food and wine.
Auto bill pay.
American Airlines elite status and lots of frequent flier miles!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how people can be so cruel to each other.
how to help the homeless guy I pass every day.
where my next trip will take me and who I will meet.
my sister and her struggle with bipolar.
what to cook this weekend!
On a typical Friday night I am
in another country. But when home, I like to have friends over and
cook, eat, try new wine, and relax by the fireplace.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I generally like older women.
You should message me if
....you are curious, interesting and interested (in common topics
and other people), adventuresome, confident, outgoing but not a big
'party girl', and are ok with casual dating that may lead to more
long term if the spark is there.