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My self-summary
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I haven't lived an ordinary life. Growing up as an Army Brat showed me an appreciation for the depth of other cultures. It taught me tolerance and how to learn and adapt quickly. A hundred years or so of teaching English to teenagers heightened my skills of perception, curiosity, explaining, patience, and gave me an edgy sense of humor.

While I spend time with my friends, I miss having a man in my life. Closeness, sharing, affection, and laughter are things that have been missing from my private life for far too long. Men are fun and brave and sexy and gallant and strong and unfathomable and funny and irrepressibly boyish and . . . well, I really miss having a good man in my life. I miss sharing our days whether we've been together or apart, sharing meals, music, films, books, the daily news, funny stories, deep thoughts, emotions, and physical affection.

All of that adds up to a woman who is smart, enthusiastic, funny, caring, and adventurous. As a relationship develops I become vulnerable, loving, and supportive.
What I’m doing with my life
I retired in June 2010 from public education and am now learning to be semi-retired. I think that this may mean reinventing myself and my life. A friend has suggested 'restructuring' as a better word. I am who I am, but want to learn and grow beyond who I was while 'Thoreau-izing' pretty much everything else.

I'm learning to paint in oils, gathering with friends, going to plays and other performances, reading, and traveling.
I’m really good at
I revel in close and thoughtful conversation about things that are important. I can make people laugh . . . especially if they have an off-center sense of humor. I can explain stuff. I can write and edit others' writing. I can hold my end up in conversations about pretty much everything. I show affection easily. I'm relearning how to cook. I like to learn new things . . . what can I learn from you?
The first things people usually notice about me
I don't really know . . . maybe when we meet you can tell me . . .?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: lately I've been reading light: mysteries, mostly. Good authors are Barr, Deaver, Reichs, Kellerman. The good stuff? Of Mice & Men, Cold Mountain, Water for Elephants, The Red Tent, A Walk in the Woods. I recently read about Hemingway and Hadley in Paris and that sent me on a round of books about Jazz Age writers finishing up with Gatsby.

Movies (a partial list): The African Queen, Amelie, Avatar, It's a Wonderful Life, Chicago, Shakespeare in Love, Monster House, It's Complicated, Shirley Valentine, Being John Malkovich, Lost in Translation, Unbearable Lightness of Being, Brazil . . . so many films, so little time

Music: pretty much everything, but if I had to pick, give me the Blues, melodic jazz, American Songbook, ragtime, oldies from my youth, and some newer stuff (Glee and early Lady Gaga come to mind), some classical, honky-tonk, and rockabilly.

Food: anything that is prepared well (My ancestors were peasants and any who were picky eaters starved to death and apparently did not reproduce, so I like EVERYTHING.)
Six things I could never do without
curiousity and intelligence, friends, humor, a close companion and lover, good food and wine, books and films
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how to be retired, whatever piece I'm editing for someone else, my own writing, what's for dinner, the next gathering of friends, what to do with my hands, where will I go next? (At the moment, that's Norway!)
On a typical Friday night I am
either out with friends or home with a glass of wine and a film or a book or (I'll admit it) TV or my computer (like right now)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
After the divorce, I was a hermit for about eight years. In many ways I came out the better for it, but now I am done with that.
You should message me if
Do you like conversations that make you think or laugh out loud? Movies or even plays and talking about them after? Books? How about live music (especially blues)? Impromptu dancing in the kitchen after/while cooking together? Good wine? Would you consider having an adventure? Sharing a Sunday crossword puzzle . . . you know, the really hard ones? A dry and deadpan sense of humor? Someone who is educated and funny and smart and caring seeks same in a good man.
The two of us