The one thing I am passionate about...
Apart from the really important things (family, health, work, etc.), I am most passionate about entertaining. Love giving dinner parties! Such a pleasure to introduce friends to new people and ideas, feed them well and attempt to provide a momentary escape from "real" life.
I typically spend my leisure time
Don't have enormous blocks of free time. If it's still light out, I adore walking and do so regardless of weather. I enjoy trying a new recipe. I'm a voracious reader and late at night, I love a good movie, esp. from 1930s or 40s. And my new puppy is a great source of joy, despite the fact that we may be flunking out of puppy obedience school -- I'm not a stern discipliner.
The most influential person in my life has been
Courage. It's just too exhausting to deal with someone who is afraid of life, as in never wanting to leave the house, of trying new things and being terrified of change. I'm not advocating that we jump out of planes, but I'm swearing off people who are afraid of a little adventure.
The first thing people notice about me
Genuine (I hope).
The last book I read and enjoyed
The DaVinci Code. Among several intriguing ideas was the notion that "all history is written by the winners," not the losers. Apparently this is not a revolutionary thought, I've just never seen it written before. Subconsciously, I suspected this when talking to friends in New York about the Civil War. Their "facts" were a bit different from the ones I learned growing up in Richmond, Virginia... Disturbing to think everything one learned in history class is tainted. Perhaps the Druids were not the Barbarians we were led to believe....
The three things which I am most thankful for
- Good work
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
Spiritual. But I have to say I've never spent much time pondering what others think of me.
Friends Describe me as
Affectionate, Genuine, Good listener, Intelligent
A little more about me
While I'm often asked, I did not attend high school in Saint Louis. Just moved here recently to help care for beloved parents. Been working in New York City for past 20 years and I'm delighted to be here -- such a great (and underappreciated) town.