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My self-summary
I am a passionate, fun-spirited, romantic soul. I care deeply for those close to me. I tend to see the positive connections in life -- looking up and reaching out. The point is not the pursuit of happiness, but happiness in the pursuit ...

But quite honestly, how can one summarize oneself in a nice neat little paragraph? Perhaps I should add something about where I've been - top of Uluru in Australia, swimming in the azure seas of Tahiti, riding a horse in The Cotswald countryside of England, walking cobblestone hills of Vico Morcote, wine tasting in Lecce...does where you've been describe who you are? I think the way you travel does reveal something about your personality. Wanting to explore off the beaten path, dine with the locals and not the tourists, experience the wine, food, culture as seen through friends who live there..
What I’m doing with my life
After almost 3 years of taking a bite out of the New York apple, I headed back home to California - though this time through the Golden Gates even though I'm from SoCal and visit often. I returned to be close to family including my two amazing (college age) daughters.

Wine, arts, nature, beach, music concerts...so much to see and do here. I love the ragged hillside and natural beauty of Big Sur, Carmel by the Sea, Marin, and the vineyards of Napa and Santa Cruz mountains. But I also think there's beauty in design, architecture..I felt it all around me in Manhattan looking up at the tall monolithic buildings and every time I was traversing one of the iconic bridges or staring off at them from afar - really magical. I guess I'd say I enjoy both the urban city environment as well as the natural outdoors - there's beauty and a different type of inspiration to find in each one of those settings.

I'm a bit of a news junkie - NPR born and bred. I watch CNN, MSNBC, respect the NYT and Washington Post, enjoy John Oliver and lean left politically. I'm also fond of TED Talks, podcasts, The Hidden Brain, Radio Lab, Fresh Air, and many more.

When it comes to love and romance, I think there needs to be some sense of shared interests for two people to have that initial connection. But I also believe that one can learn and grow from your partner's interests and passions in life -- you don't have to be mirror images of each other to make it work, more complementary partners. It's about a shared outlook on life - a youthful exuberant positive outlook that means living in the moment and making life come to you! And of course, there needs to be chemistry...

I think you know almost immediately if there's potential with someone. "Sometimes it's just taking a person's hand and it's like .... "magic."
I’m really good at
The first things people usually notice about me
my smile
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Recent Reads/Authors: Thinking Fast and Slow, Humans of New York & Felines of New York, Joseph Campbell, Einstein's Dreams, NPR Radio Ted Hour, The How of Happiness, The Power Paradox

Huge movie buff from classic film noir, foreign and Indie. List is long, but to name a few: Hector and the Search for Happiness, Cinema Paradiso, Under the Tuscan sun, Chocolat, Gravity, Before Sunrise, The Artist, The Third Man, Citizen Kane, The Graduate, Two for the Road, A Man and a Woman, Sleepless in Seattle, L'auberge Espagnole, LOTR, Groundhog Day, A Room with a View, Hitchcock especially Rear Window, Nightmare Before Christmas, Best in Show, Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, 500 Days of Summer, Jean De Florette. Still think the best version of JE's P&P was with Colin Firth.

TV/Radio enjoy: Outlander, Sherlock, Good Girls Revolt, Silicon Valley, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Mad Men, Indie and foreign films, NPR, Radio Lab, All Things Considered, KCRW, TED talks, Hidden Brain

Music tastes are very eclectic and include: George Ezra, Madeleine Peyroux,Vance Joy, The Lumineers, Fleet Foxes, Hozier, Passenger, Edward Sharp, Cold Play, Jack Johnson, Regina Spektor, Young the Giant, Jason Mraz, Ella, Sinatra, Brubeck, Jobim, Django Reinhardt, Miles Davis, classical, Beatles, Roxy Music, Pretenders, Carol King, The Stones, Cat Stevens

Enjoy reading about, seeing, and experiencing architecture: from the antiquities of Europe to mid-century modern (case houses) to Arts & Craft (Greene & Greene) to Frank Lloyd Wright and Olmstead landscapers (Central Park)...

Food: I've been vegetarian for many years but this doesn't mean I only eat veggies! Enjoy wide variety of ethnic cuisines - enjoy eating and cooking organic..though fall back favorite combo would be a glass of Prosecco, black olives, cheese and a baguette -- even better if having these in a small cafe in France or Italy - though lately I prefer Reds...
The six things I could never do without
My daughters
Good films
Good conversation
My curiosity
Dark Chocolate
Love and passion
My 2 cats (that's more than 6 but c'mon...)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The realization that what John Lennon said is true: "Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans."

Also, does anyone really read this far down in one's profile?
On a typical Friday night I am
With friends enjoying good conversation over dinner or just taking a deep breath and relaxing after a long work week
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Would not be admitted here
You should message me if
You're curious to learn more and think we might connect