Thumbnail bio: Born and bred in the wilds of Long Island, a Manhattanite since 1985. Lived in Japan and snorkeled in Australia. Never married, though open to life's possibilities.
Like a piquant dish, I'm a mix of flavors--sweet and tart, pungent and mild. My polite exterior hides a surprisingly punchy sense of humor. Also a soft heart. I try to treat people and animals with fairness and kindness. I'm comfortable with noncomformity and a stickler for good grammar. A lively conversationalist, I find peace in my own company.
For pleasure? I seek the romance of old New York--highballs at the Algonquin or a rendezvous at Grand Central Station. I'm a sucker for 1930's Hollywood movies. I join a regular poker game for low stakes but high drama. I'm devoted to my woman's book group of nearly 25 years. My latest passion is studying Yiddish (ikh heys Esther). The wilderness calls--I love to hike, camp and swim. I attend, and occasionally understand, esoteric lectures and poetry readings. I generally/genuinely like the company of kids.
I believe in my work teaching communication skills to budding doctors and nurses. I also appreciate my flexible schedule--the gym is best in the afternoon when everyone else is at work!
Among my good habits: I’m into healthy, vegetarian food (snaps to my neigborhood greenmarket) and regular workouts. Among my bad habits: I like to stay up late, may leave dishes in the sink, have watched "Wife Swap" more than once.
Finding my way; I'm unafraid and have an excellent sense of direction.
Making up games--handy on long car rides.
Secondly, probably my plentiful, curly hair or my blue eyes.
Books: Two favorite genres are popular science books (I like learning about how people and the universe work) and 19th c. British novels.
Poetry: H.D. Doolittle, Robert Frost, Shakespeare's sonnets (I like to recite them in private). A favorite poem: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/a/amverse/BAD4143.0001.001/1:19?rgn=div1;view=fulltext
Movies: Satyajit Ray and Michael Powell (directors), 30's and 40's Hollywood, X-Men.
Music: Folk/rock (Richard Thompson, Donovan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young), alternative/indie (Belle and Sebastian) standards (Ella, Sinatra), classical--particularly opera (Handel, Mozart).
Food: Diverse ethnic cuisines, spicy. My current favorite fruit is a small yellow mango with bright orange flesh.
Least favorite things: Narcissism, right-wing politics, cutting in line, the street corner odor of honey-roasted nuts, highly processed food, cruelty in any form.
My cats (now in memory)
The great outdoors
My wish list: You’re brainy though not self-serious, engaging, competent, physically fit/at ease in your body, into the arts and/or progressive politics, a keen observer and a graceful conversationalist (both give and take). Extra points if you can change a flat. Of course, none of us is perfect, so I'm prepared to appreciate your lovable quirks. And I won't mind at all if you are nice to look at.