Bookswise, I've just finished Don DeLillo's Zero K, a great read and very odd. Amy Bloom's latest, Lucky Us, is terrific. I've also been enjoying the poetry of Ted Kooser.
I try to make time to read the New York Times daily; fave sections are Science on Tuesday, Food on Wednesday and Arts on Friday. I also get The New Yorker and The Nation and wish I had more time for them. I'm slowly transitioning to reading everything on a tablet but resistant to giving up the shareability of physical newspapers.
Other interests? Gardening - I have a big yard out front full of drought-tolerant plants and a reasonable-sized vegetable garden out back. What should I do with rhubarb? I tried canning it but it came out like pickled toothpicks.
Food: good coffee, beer, wine, and cuisines of every stripe, dining in or out. I enjoy cooking but I’m not a natural - I have to stick to the recipe. I love occasionally throwing a big party and spending the day in the kitchen.
The American Southwest is a favorite travel spot and this summer I camped in the Lost Coast of Nor Cal with its lush forests and black sand beach. I’d be happy to go back to Italy or Spain. Pets: I have a little dog who is a total lover and likes to lick toes. The Dale Carnegie of dogs.
What am I like? That’s a bit harder…I like being quiet and thoughtful at times but I can also rise to life-of-the-party. My humor can be wry, sometimes off-the-wall but not generally offensive. Silly for sure – it just bubbles out. I’m a good listener, sometimes wise, sometimes too trusting – the price of not having your guard up all the time. I have a big laugh that’s pretty recognizable so I don’t need to be microchipped. I like a hike in the hills or the City but am very happy cozied up in front of the fire or TV.
I like to eat well and stay fit with vigorous dog walks in the hills and workouts in my home gym. It helps in keeping up with the young’uns on the dance floor.
I feel uncomfortable saying ‘I’ so much. Aye.
Changing lives through music. Imparting ecstasy, grief, joy.
Learning to love, a lifelong project.
My tastes can be high- or low-brow but in books and shows I tend to be more particular. For books it may be because I'm a slow reader and hate to waste my time on fluff. I prefer plays to Broadway shows although this summer I saw the The Wiz for the first time and loved it.
Clear winter days; hot summers.
Thought, and its absence.
Whatever part of my body that can still tap its foot.
Friends and family.
The fate of this old earth.
My dog. I’m besotted.