The one thing I am passionate about...
My favorite hobby is gourmet cooking, but I also have a great passion for learning about people and cultures. These are among my favorite topics for reading, and often inspire my writing! I love cultural events from Shakespeare plays to Japanese drumming. I value common decency and respect in myself and others. To me, this embodies compassion, communication, tolerance and love - and "small things" like good manners! I continually work to grow into a better, more understanding person. To me, a good cup of tea is contentment itself.
I typically spend my leisure time
What little time I have is usually spent cooking or reading. However, I also love museums, performing arts, movies and the botanical gardens - I just don't get to go often.
The most influential person in my life has been
Top priority: I want someone who will accept me for who I am. The second, very important priority is someone who respects himself.
The first thing people notice about me
Probably that I am a very kind, genuine person. In some situations, however, I tend to be shy.
The last book I read and enjoyed
_Archangel_ by Sharon Shinn. This is a fantasy novel about an ordinary person who is suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances. This is my absolute favorite theme for a novel.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- My sense of spirituality
- My good health and the ability to maintain it
- Having the grace to set and keep priorities in my life
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
There is more to me than meets the eye. Often, people think they have me figured out within a few minutes of conversation. What they see is accurate, but it's by no means a complete picture. They often assume that because I am attractive, I can't possibly have a brain! Or worse, because I have a science degree, I only like technical, dry things. Nothing could be further from the truth. I enjoy a Shakespeare play, Harry Potter, a beautiful sunset, and good brownies with equal pleasure.
Friends Describe me as
Articulate, Creative, Genuine, Kind
A little more about me
Two things: first, I am a vegetarian. Second, I really appreciate good manners.