63 Mill Valley, United States
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My self-summary
I enjoy seeing what's funny and enjoyable in what life brings and am looking for a love, pal, friend and all around wonderful woman to enjoy it with. I am ready to take the jump together and if you are too, I would love to hear from you.

What more is there to say?

I love taking what I have been given to have an impact and have been recently living/working in East and West Africa. Without going in to what I did, the most fulfilling feedback I received from different people was that I have a big heart. Nice to hear because we were working in difficult places and one wouldn't consider an open heart as being of value. Though for me, having an open heart, even in difficult times and places, is the test for living life through my heart, not only when I'm comfortably at home--it always seems to get me where I want to be, eventually.

I returned to California after being away for over twenty years living and working in Europe most of the time and I felt the lure here of the weather and nature--I fell in love with Mill Valley because of the mountain trails and a lovely, modest cottage I found in town. Although I haven't been involved for a while and usually date friends of friends, there feels a space in my heart and my house for someone who I can love, adore and enjoy forever. So here I am.

I'm looking for a mature women because I think age is important: I find women in their late 40s/50s and in to their 60s to be more interesting emotionally, intellectually and sexually, assuming they have invested in themselves. And, I think there is more likelihood of us being compatible. What do you think?

I could go on and am not sure I have tempted you enough with the narrative above but I'm willing to take a chance--I would enjoy meeting.
What I’m doing with my life
Everything in US life creates anxiety that we don't have enough money. But by any measure, we are all well off. Living through my heart has always made me both sane and, I believe, more attractive. I've decided that whatever I have is enough and now I'm doing what I love, again. Make sense? (It must be funny to read me talking about money because it seem a taboo in the US but why not? You can ask me anything.)

I know how to help businesses grow in challenging, developing environments after doing so in Central Europe in the 90s after the Berlin Wall collapsed. I returned to this work with an institute based out of Stanford. I spent last fall living in Ghana while also working in Nigeria and I expanded the program in the spring in East Africa based from Nairobi--not sure what's next. I'm sure I won't save the world but if my efforts accelerate the creation of jobs, civil societies follow.

I also try to have time for a daily Ashtanga yoga practice and hiking.

I still find myself in the US for much of the time and would enjoy settling down and have plenty of flexibility to do so.
I’m really good at
Getting things started from nothing.
The first things people usually notice about me
Good energy and a twinkle in my eyes.

An old girlfriend suggested " I show well" after inviting me to a party with her friends--I know she cares for me and it was a bit of a tongue in cheek compliment, I think.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I have a small group of friends that feed me extraordinary novels that I wouldn't necessarily find on my own--Cutting from Stone and the Elena Ferrante series where recent suggestions and just opened Safe From the Neighbors. I always enjoy reading Haruki Murakami.

Probably because of my family background and living 13 years in Europe, I also enjoy reading history about the period before WWI and right after WWII. I recently read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire as well as a spectacular biography of TE Lawrence. They are interesting books in themselves but they also inform me on how we have gotten to where we are now in the Middle East from what happen early in the 20th century.

I find myself at the California Film Institute in San Rafael often with a side trip usually to Sol Foods in San Rafael.

I'm far too serious reading The New Yorker, the NYTimes and the Economist but I find comic relief in "Wait, Wait...don't tell me" on NPR.
I'm easy eating, willing to try any foods but always enjoy eating at a friend's home and try to reciprocate with my modest culinary skills.
The six things I could never do without
Living abroad/Travel
I'm a sucker for stray cats with a calico walking in my door a few years back and four kittens finding me when I lived in Budapest--it happened again in Nairobi with a starving stray walking in to my front door and in to my heart.
Ashtanga and meditation
Talking and eating
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Creating a life through my heart and how to bring someone into it.
On a typical Friday night I am
I try to mix it up and be ready for a spontaneous offer too.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm willing to admit much, privately.
You should message me if
If you are available to reasonable degrees emotionally, physically and geographically and, most importantly, if you have time.

If you fancy me as someone who could add the few extra pieces of your life that you need from the little I've said above, send me a note--life is too short to wait.

Thanks for reading this far.