I hope we can explore mutual passions (or learn new ones from each other) and be there for each other but also allow leeway to do our own things. I’m now 65, which seems a bit preposterous, since I have a daughter still in college - and I’m anything but a retiring type, although I formally retired from a 14-year teaching job (and lots of other experiences besides) and am loving auditing classes at Columbia, taking creative writing classes elsewhere, swimming a lot, going to theater, expanding my food tour business and just living at a different rhythm. It suits me well!
A bit of background: I own a walking tour business, focusing on ethnic food in NYC. I've worked in education (newly retired after 14 years) and journalism. I've written several books. When my daughter was in elementary school, I became a career changer, switching from working at non-profits to becoming a special education “resource room” teacher. It gave me the same schedule as my daughter, and now I've got a pension, savings and great health benefits, thanks to the UFT + Medicare. (I'm holding off on social security for a while.) I love to travel and have been to many countries. I lived in Paris as a student (long ago) and in Johannesburg during the heady years when Mandela had been newly released, through to his election to the presidency of South Africa. My most recent trip was to Medellin, Colombia - an beautiful city that has emerged with pride and progress from the horrors and losses of its violent past. I was fascinated to visits its Casa de la Memoria - a museum that aims to celebrate Medellin's emergence from the horrors without forgetting them.
My passions - aside from NYC itself - include cycling, listening to jazz, exploring NYC neighborhoods, theater and reading. I helped found a book club in my neighborhood and had the joy to read Isabel Wilkerson's remarkable "The Warmth of Other Suns" and Colum McCann’s brilliant “Let the Great World Spin” among the many great books we've chosen. To me, a great book is like a gourmet meal: I love the different courses as I move through a delicious book and savor the feeling that comes with finishing it. But I also feel sad when the “meal” is over and I hunger for second helpings from that author.
FYI – I live in northern Manhattan, near beautiful Fort Tryon Park. Light, quiet and green space mean a lot to me, and I have all of these where I live. I don’t have a car, so, as I've mentioned, mass transit and bicycle are my main modes of transportation! I've never been married but was in a long live-in relationship. However, I raised my daughter - who I adopted - on my own when the relationship ended. My daughter is studying engineering at Johns Hopkins. We're very close but she's as independent as she should be, which means... very! Strong-minded, funny, decisive, obstinate, messy when she's home and delightful. I'm a proud mom!
Three more things: 1) Please don’t contact me if you live far away. I’m not interested in a long-distance friendship/relationship. 2) Please actually read the profile. From time to time I get messages that indicate that whoever saw it didn't take the time to read it. And 3) please tell the truth. I don't lie about my age (and it probably works against me. Sigh.) So please don't lie about yours. Thank you!
Food: Take me to an ethnic neighborhood of NYC and I'll take you to the best eateries... or surprise me with your own favorites (or your cooking!). Not interested in so-called "in" neighborhoods; have never eaten in "hipster" Williamsburg but do know the delis and shops in kosher Williamsburg!
1. Being a mom to my wonderful daughter
2. A great guy to be a best friend & more!
3. New York City & opportunities to travel to other world cities
4. My bicycle
7. Friends who are always there for each other!
... giving away lots of stuff I don't have the heart to give away. (I'm not a hoarder but I am very sentimental so I hold on to things that I should have given away long ago.)
... finding the right person to share life with!