66 Tucson, United States
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My self-summary
I've learned to strive for balance in my life, between work and play. I am fundamentally an optimist -- something I discovered in my response to some challenging events a few years ago. I like science, especially biology and nutrition, but I am also a fine-art photographer. My politics are mostly left of center. Quality conversation is essential for getting my attention. So is a sense of humor. Travel is important -- I've been to a lot of different places in our amazing world. I'm an agnostic, but photography is often a meditative and spiritual act for me, probably because of how it slows me down to observe carefully and concentrate visually. I'm very tolerant of other people's religious beliefs, as long as they don't try to convert me.
What I’m doing with my life
I write magazine articles and books and lecture on nutrition, but a few years ago decided to reduce my workload to part time, so I could spend more time on my fine-art photography and more recreational travel. I've been in Japan four times since 2013 (three for business and play). I also try to spend time in Portland, Oregon, where my son is and where I lived before moving to Tucson. My photography comes from the heart, and right now it's the activity that's most important to me. And art in general speaks to my soul, as does music. Some of my photography is very traditional, and some of it is very experimental. I'll also write an occasional poem or haiku when inspired.
I’m really good at
Writing, photography, cooking, listening, conversation, walking, enjoying nature. I also love road trips -- there's something meditative and therapeutic about them when done right.
The first things people usually notice about me
You'll have to tell me ... but maybe it's my blue eyes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like starting my days with some mellow organic coffee, the NYT and local paper. I prefer foreign and indie films (e.g., at the Loft), and just about anything with Star Trek in its name. (Don’t worry, I don’t dress up in Star Trek uniforms.) I've got piles of art books (Rossetti to Rothko). Music is very important to me, and my musical tastes are eclectic, including 60s rock, folk, indie folk (Tiny Ruins, Luluc), classical, real Irish Celtic (not the homogenized stuff put out for most Americans), and homeopathic doses of opera (Puccini is fine). I enjoy ethnic foods, eating at nice restaurants, and live theatre.
The six things I could never do without
Camera, Mac and other Apple devices, pen/paper, kitchen, quality food, travel. I have to add a seventh and an eighth or so: my grown son, who has amazed me; my amazing friends in Tucson and Portland, who I cherish and hold close to my heart and think of every day. My life would not be the same without all of them.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Life and the universe and how important it is to live life well and sincerely ... and to simply spend time thinking about things and processing ideas and experiences.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably going out for dinner, sometimes with one of my close friends. But then, I will often do this on another night and veg at home on Friday night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When I get to know you a little better.
You should message me if
This is important: I have high standards, but I don't expect absolute perfection, and I hope you don't expect absolute perfection either. After all, who can honestly claim that in their 60s? It would be especially nice if you have done the "homework" to minimize your baggage (i.e., baggage should be small enough to fit into an overhead bin). Sharing common interests is important, but I would never expect perfect alignment. We all need our own space. That said, my ideal way of meeting someone online is through a couple of short emails, then cutting to the chase and meeting at a cafe. I'm not interested in long ongoing emails -- that's communicating with a computer and a fantasy, not a real person. If you think there might be a connection, please send me a note. I'm open to a quality friendship -- and to a quality friendship that might lead to something more serious. I'm not one to rush into things.