Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Virtute enim ipsa non tam multi praediti esse quam videri
"Few are those who wish to be endowed with virtue rather than to
seem so. (The short version translation is, "To be, rather than to
In me, you will find a man of character whose principles don't
change with the prevailing whims of popularity. Whose visage
reflects all that's been taken in over the years; filled with
gratitude to those who have had a role in that process, including
the hurts and healing. All have brought me to this place and time
and I give thanks, because those people and events aided me growing
to know, like and most important, love the person I am and have yet
to become and to be.Three Talmudic instructions guide me:
* Tikkun Olam: Repair and heal the world
* Tzedek, tzedek tirdorf: Righteousness, righteousness shall ye
* Tza'ar Ba'alei Chaim: Acknowledge and prevent the suffering of
living creatures, people or animals, for deliberately causing
others pain darkens our souls.
In Yiddish, it can be boiled down to a single word: Mensch. For
anyone unfamiliar with the word, a mensch is a kind, decent and
reliable person, sensitive to other people's needs and seeking out
ways to help them. In Judaism, to call someone a mensch is one of
the highest compliments that can be given.
The best way to describe myself is, I am rife with colorful yet
positive contradictions. My nuances make the simple, complex; in
short, a "Regular Joe."
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I currently am a journalist, and no, it is not a career, it is a
passion. However, I am at a stage in life where I am looking to
place more emphasis on healing than on seeking justice (see
Talmudic instructions above). I may decide to train to become a
chef, or do so through ballroom dancing, which I am now learning.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Bringing out the best in others, and being there in good times and
bad; and when there is a crisis, knowing I am there, "having your
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
That despite the hardships and setbacks, I persevere, and I thrive.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
My favorite film is "Casablanca," and believe it or not, although I
am a journalist, I have never been impressed with "Citizen Kane."
Other films include "The Godfather I & II," Woody Allen movies,
"Animal House," "Monty Python & the Holy Grail," "Rocky and
Rocky Balboa," and any well made film that leaves me feeling
uplifted (yet isn't preachy). I enjoy the theater, and was a former
professional actor. As for books, I prefer non-fiction. I love to
cook and experiment. In addition, I have been taking ballroom dance
lessons the past six months and I am getting quite good at it.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
1) Compassion toward others (and no, this doesn't mean I am a
2) The arts, for good art, be in fine or performing, lifts. As it
is attributed to Picasso, he stated: Art wash from the soul the
dust of everyday life."
3) Being chivalrous and courteous. My parents raised me to be
respectful toward women.
4) A smile.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
How to make things better.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
There is no typical Friday night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
Pets and career limit taking off at the "drop of a hat," so if you
love traveling, cast me not as an anchor weighing you down, for I'd
rather be the wind that powers your sail. However, I do have my
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
* Know, love, respect and take care of yourself
* Emotionally healthy with a balanced sense of self, strong and
assertive, who extends that gift to others through generosity of
spirit and a giving, loving heart
* Will neither relinquish your dreams nor demand I give up mine.
Rather, encourage and support each others hopes, goals and
aspirations, as well as our pursuits in achieving them
* Intuitively recognizes true chemistry is often imperceptible at
first and not a snap judgment based upon initial infatuation;
rather, a faint spark that needs patience and encouragement in
order for the heart to grow all-encompassing
* Understands a relationship is not to make one "whole" or
"fulfilled," but to add color and light, depth and dimension to one
* Accepts none of us are or can be 100% what the other
* Celebrates that our differences neither compete, diminish nor
detract, but instead compliment and complement
* Will safeguard a valued treasure: the unfurling of our hearts,
for there is no force more destructive than deliberately betraying
that which is most precious: the confiding of our hurts, our fears,
our hopes, our dreams
How about you? Do you seek what I seek? Are you ready to, would you
wish to, join me on this most exhilarating adventure?
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