Born and bred in the wilds of Long Island, a Manhattanite since 1985. Lived in Japan and snorkeled in Australia. Never married, though open to life's possibilities.
Like a piquant dish, I'm a mix of flavors--sweet and tart, pungent and mild. My polite exterior hides a punchy sense of humor. Also a soft heart. I try to treat people and animals with fairness and kindness. I'm comfortable with noncomformity and a stickler for good grammar. A vivacious conversationalist, I find peace in my own company.
Among my good habits: I’m into healthy, vegetarian food (snaps to my neigborhood greenmarket) and regular workouts. Among my bad habits: I like to stay up late, may leave dishes in the sink, have watched "Wife Swap" more than once.
I believe in my work teaching communication skills to budding doctors and nurses. (And I like the flexible schedule--it's great hitting the gym in the afternoon when most everyone is at work.)
For pleasure? I seek the romance of old New York--highballs at the Algonquin or a rendezvous at Grand Central Station. I'm a sucker for 1930's Hollywood movies. I play in a regular poker game--low stakes but high drama. My latest passion is Yiddish (ikh heys Esther). I'm devoted to my woman's book group of 25 years. The wilderness calls--I love to hike, camp and swim. I attend, and occasionally understand, esoteric lectures and poetry readings. I'm lucky to live close to the Met and go often. My yoga practice is a daily joy. I generally/genuinely like the company of kids.
Finding my way; I'm unafraid and have an excellent sense of direction.
Making up games--handy on long car rides.
Word play. Dancing. Picking good fruit.
Based on comments from strangers--my blue eyes.
Poetry: H.D. Doolittle, Robert Frost, Shakespeare's sonnets (I like to recite them in private). A favorite poem: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/a/amverse/BAD4143.0001.001/1:19?rgn=div1;view=fulltext
Movies: Satyajit Ray and Michael Powell (directors), 30's and 40's Hollywood, X-Men.
Music: Folk/rock (Richard Thompson, Donovan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young), alternative/indie (Belle and Sebastian) standards (Ella, Sinatra), classical--particularly opera (Handel, Mozart), klezmer (Daniel Kahn, Psoy Koronlenko).
Food: Diverse ethnic cuisines, spicy. Big fruit fan. I abstain from eating meat and foul, though you needn't.
Least favorite things: Narcissism, right-wing politics, cutting in line, the street corner odor of honey-roasted nuts, highly processed food, cruelty in any form.
My cats (now in memory)
The great outdoors
My wish list: You’re brainy though not self-serious, engaging, competent, physically fit/at ease in your body, into the arts and/or progressive politics, a keen observer and a graceful conversationalist (both give and take). Extra points if you can change a flat. Of course, none of us is perfect, so I'm prepared to appreciate your lovable quirks. And I won't mind at all if you are nice to look at.