57 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
Edit: October 2016
I STILL Love Bernie Sanders.

Profile Caveat:
What we read here is important but, in my experience, chemistry will trump a great many things. I find this both sad and wonderful. Sad that people who seem so right for us turn out to ring no bells in us, and exciting because not knowing is exciting.

I am Latin American. I think this strongly influences what I find attractive in people.
I trained in bel canto and still sing. I also work with people at-risk, as an interpreter.

I've had a great many adventures, professional and personal, worked in television news, documentary film, I've written for various media, and was a critic and columnist for a national magazine. Since moving to Portland, I've worked in arts administration and social services. I perform throughout the year and still write daily. Mostly, I write essays and poems and sing. I collaborate with other artists. I stalk my son on facebook, like a good Jewish mother. And I wonder if I am meant to fall in love again.

I'm funny, intense, a strong feminist with vestiges of an old world upbringing and all the contradictions rising from those. I'm aware, moody, imaginative, opinionated.

I am looking for an intellectual equal with whom to share things that are meaningful to me. I hope to meet someone who will concur on what is meaningful. We're too old to pretend to like what our other likes. It's a waste of time. If you don't like what I like and you're only doing it to please me, you'll resent me. And I hate it when that happens.

I admire courage and originality. Sometimes, originality requires courage. Usually it does, in my experience. Worth it.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage" (Nin)
What I’m doing with my life
Trying to contribute as much as I can, be informed, participate as fully as I can in whatever context I am placed, and stay open to possibilities for intimacy.
I’m really good at
Caring a great deal about a great many things, with depth and compassion. Using my intelligence to analyze things and also, writing in ways that touch people so they open to my ideas or ideas I am presenting.

I am good at ingesting the world and saying it back to you through my eyes and it is frequently an interesting view.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
For the last almost 2 years, I have been about Bernie. I do this. At 12, it was Beethoven. I still read but not as much. I just finished Atwood's The Heart Goes Last. 'Meh', as a book but the way it predicts and exaggerates a possible world. Chilling. (Reminded me of Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story. Now, I'm reading The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie, with whom I fell in love when he spoke here a couple of years ago.

Here's my original response to the question:

yes! I love novels. Some of my favorites Samurai's Garden, The autobiography of Cleopatra by M. George, Song of Names....First novels are especially intriguing: Shadow of the Wind, The Book Thief (oh, what a skill Zusak exhibited in that book! The lines were poetic and searing!). I love baroque music. I love the minimalists (Philip Glass, Nyman...) I love Puccini operas, Neruda and Edna St Vincent Millay sonnets. I love Indian and Thai and of course, Mexican and Mediterranean foods. I love picnics and outdoor concerts under the stars. Some of my favorite films are I've Heard the Mermaids Singing, Out of Africa, Live and Become, You, Me and Everyone We Know....the list is very long, as it is for novels so I'll stop here but we can talk about that. I do not like horror or sci-fi or violence or fantasy or animated. Luckily for me, there are plenty of wonderful films out there that are not any of that.
The six things I could never do without
my son
books, words, languages
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The election, the world situation, our planet, justice, hope.
On a typical Friday night I am
Home. Wishing for a date and then wishing I was home every time I go on one. WTF, Universe?!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't know my multiplication tables.
You should message me if
If you are smart and funny and interesting and believe that compassion is revolution.