The one thing I am passionate about...
I unquestionably am passionate about music, reading, art, dance, the theater, orchestral performances, fine food and wine, exploring new restaurants and cuisines, cooking, travel (especially by train and ship) abroad, walking, the ocean, good friends, a good job that is worthwhile and in which I find fulfillment, and also, my home: selecting it, buying it, furnishing it and creating in the end, a haven and retreat where I live, play, and pursue simple pleasures that make me feel as comfortable as wearing scuffy old shoes.
I typically spend my leisure time
I most enjoy (1) taking long rides to new places or to revisit places where I have been and enjoy; (2) I HONESTLY love to take long walks on a beach, a hiking path, the 7 hills of Rome, Manhattan, Washington, DC, Philadephia, London, etc.; (3) to "haunt" book stores, kitchen stores (good ones!), wine stores and wineries, places like Chicoteague Island and historic towns, and holiday craft fairs; and (4) travel by plane, ship or train, with friends (best!) or even alone.
The most influential person in my life has been
I am looking for a friend, a companion: someone who does not require a "brass band" to entertain them but who is entertained not only by exciting things (travel, the ocean, great music, books, and dining), but by the small things like leisurely Sundays of coffee, the paper, and just plain kicking back!
The first thing people notice about me
I am sure this will sound like 101 other responses, but my friends and colleagues will describe the first thing they notice about me is a sort of calm, ease and quiet laughter that I seem to bring to a room or a group.
The last book I read and enjoyed
I am a voracious reader and have been since I was 5 years old. I like to read "authors": in chronological order, all of the work by one author at a time (along with newspapers, etc. on a daily basis!). I am "reading" Joyce Carol Oates right now and am finishing My Sister, My Love. Like my favorite author, Henry James, Oates brings her characters to life in all of their psychological, intellectual, emotional, and social complexities, mystery, strength and weaknesses. She writes brilliantly about the brilliance of life, good through bad, but never indifferent.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- Good friends who support and laugh with one another; who are able and comfortable telling one another a hard truth when or if necessary, and no grudges; who support me as I support them through thick/thin and even when one of us is in the process of moving!
- Resilience: to start over when there was no choice and the strength and tranquillity to let go of my former life and take the next step forward into a very different life, and to do it with a smile and without regret for what was.
- The strength to become a better, kinder, gentler, more caring person ready to help others in the same situation, and to offer support to them even when I needed care, kindness, compassion and support from others.
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
This is not an easy one to answer, but here goes. I have always been a high profile person in search of a low profile. When people meet me I hope they will notice that I do not have a need to be noticed!
Friends Describe me as
Kind, Perceptive, Respectful, Thoughtful
A little more about me
I am quietly proud of myself. Over the years I have become someone comfortable in who I am, happy to be that person, and who is on good terms with life (my own) and Life.