I enjoy a wide variety of "inside" activities such as having intelligent conversations, watching sports, cooking, dining out, going to movies, museums and the performing arts; I love the outdoors, too, where I ski (both downhill - adv intermediate; and cross country), snowshoe, canoe, sail, hike, tube, snorkel, mountain bike (beginner). My creative energy is directed towards photography where I’ve been a serious hobbyist since the 70’s. I am active in two local camera clubs and compete in international competitions. Sorry to say I'm not a golfer. Never had the time.
I am very fit, health conscious, and stay in shape by going to my gym regularly (I'm a former exercise instructor); I especially enjoy yoga, lifting free weights, kick boxing and step. I am not a slave to exercise; it is just part of my pursuit of a healthy life style to promote a youthful heart, body and soul.
This is what I live by: To see life as a glass half full, rather than half empty and appreciate every day a Higher Power gives me. I don't sweat the small stuff because the big stuff puts in all in perspective. I don’t wait for opportunities for learning and activities to come to me; I make my own. I know that I am responsible for my own happiness. A life never lived is a life lost.
I enjoy volunteering, participating in fund-raising “walks” and being a mentor. Sharing my wisdom and life experience with young people is something I would like to do more of; Giving is better than receiving especially if you're giving it to someone you love.
I've traveled the world both for pleasure and business. I’ve never been on a cruise (except sailing the Stockholm Archipelago on a 33’ sailboat) but would like to. Have only been to 8 of the Smithsonian's "28 places to see before you die" - I'd like to see the other 20 with a special guy. I really love to travel and it is important to me that a man I have a relationship with be willing and able to see the world.
What matters most to me? To have harmony and balance in my life (the agreement between what I think, say and do), my son's health and happiness, to lead a healthy life style, having security, having an honest, respectful and loyal man to love me and to be able to pursue leisure activities that make me smile – pursuing my hobby of photography, going to the gym, viewing the arts (visual or performing), trying out a new activity/sport/recipe and world travel.
I would like to find a friend and partner who appreciates my intellect, interests and independence. I'm looking for someone who cares enough about himself to remain fit, trim and active. Chemistry/mutual attraction is important. I'd like to share some laughs, conversations, and activities and adventure with someone who has a joy for life. I'm not clingy and will give you your space and time to be yourself. I'd love to share some time with a special someone who would enjoy such activities as tubing down a river, canoe a quiet lake, sailing on the ocean, taking a hike/bike or horseback ride, skiing in the woods, accompanying me on photographic journeys, attending a theater/concert performance or art festival, being lazy at a picnic on the lawn of Tanglewood, shopping at a mall, or just enjoying a grilled dinner and a glass of wine by my pool. At this stage in my life, I would rather gather "experiences" rather than "things." I'm interested in someone who can be an equal partner with me in life's journey.
I really like to travel, whether it be in our beautiful New England and USA or internationally. There is so much to enjoy right here in our own backyard!
I love to challenge my brain by learning new things, whether it be a new photo editing program or keeping up with current events and the world around us. I am a member of Mass Audubon and the Trustees of Reservations. I have a secret desire to volunteer at an animal shelter. I would also love to be more involved with my sorority alumnae in their philanthropic activities.
For movies: independent films, documentaries, dramas and comedies. I also like the sci fi genre and historical films. So I guess that means most of what is out there!
Food: I am not a fan of greasy, fast food. I focus on healthy eating. I enjoy all types of cuisine from vegan, Mexican, Italian, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, to a good steak. A glass of pinot grigio or pinot noir completes the meal. I am not a beer drinker but don't mind others who do like beer. Never acquired the taste.
I love live theatre and the ballet but it is difficult to enjoy if you only go by yourself.
Books: My news, arts, photography, health, travel and financial magazines. I enjoy novels and non fiction that Oprah has recommended. A real newspaper which I read every day.
TV shows: Bones, Grimm, CSI, NCIS, Mystery, Masterpiece Classic, Big Bang Theory, NOVA, Nature, theatrical presentations - made for TV movies. I wish Seinfeld was still on!
What about radio? I only listen to NPR: intelligent discussion of the events of the day and analysis.