I'm an optimist without being a Pollyanna. The joy that comes from surprising people in an unexpected, pleasant way sends me. I can be found celebrating traditions and sometimes breaking traditions. I enjoy people who are smart enough to know that being smart isn't an end in itself and feel that I'm smart in that way. Helping people and volunteering my time in new and different ways makes me happy. I especially love the special joy that comes from deeply connecting with people.
I like to work, read, write, play piano, listen to music (classical, jazz, blues, 70s and 80s rock) and cook. I like puzzles (word, mathematical, physical) and playing board games like chess. I've had a15 year meditation practice.
I love kids and have two of my own that I enjoy being with when they come local... a daughter who is doing a PhD in Ohio and a son working and getting a Masters in DC.
I love to travel to non-touristy places and want to do more of it. I walked the Cotswold Trail and the hills of the Amalfi Coast, and did 6 weeks in India (for the record Varanasi might as well be Mars). The Middle East includes Israel, Qatar and Jordan including beautiful Petra. Hiking the national parks of Utah and rafting the Colorado were some outdoor highlights. I have spent just a little time in China. The classic countries of Europe, and the Caribbean in the winter. I’m ready for the next adventure, got a suggestion?
I know who I am and am happy without being smug. There's room for improvement, and that improvement now happens with a light touch and joy and plenty of laughter at myself and the human condition.
I am happy, playful, and sensual.
Evidently, I'm also editing the "What I'm doing with my life" section of a dating site!
The Argentine Tango class finished, and alas I'm not to be seen on "Dancing with the Stars".
I'm on the board of directors at a non-profit that helps disadvantaged youth get to and through college.