The one thing I am passionate about...
I am passionate about learning more about the beauty of the natural world, by reading, being outdoors, and traveling. I am passionate about music, especially classical music, and other expressions of art and culture. I am passionate about my dear family and sweet friends, and I love to share these fun activities with them.
I typically spend my leisure time
I retired from the Feds in 2002 and now work part-time, five to ten hours a week. I enjoy cooking and entertaining; and I've rolled back the lid on the piano keyboard. I have more time for reading now. And I meet family and friends for stimulating discussions, sharing a meal or glass of wine or cup of tea, walking or hiking at sunrise or sunset, or attending a concert or play. I love to travel, I work out at the gym five days a week to maintain my 118-pound body, and I like to dance. Oh, and I sometimes go to an old stone cathedral for solitude and spiritual nourishment.
The most influential person in my life has been
I think the warmth that springs from good communication is a great beginning. Hopefully one has boundaries at first, but then a person's ability to peel away the layers is there or it is not there. "We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other." Lewis Thomas, _The Medusa and the Snail_(1979)
The first thing people notice about me
I'm told people notice my genuine smile, my warm handshake, and the twinkle in my Irish eyes.
The last book I read and enjoyed
I just read _Song of the Lark_ by Willa Cather. I loved the vivid descriptions of this young woman's journey in rural Nebraska to realize her dream of becoming a classical music performer. Now I am reading _The Immense Journey_ by Loren Eiseley. The subtitle is An Imaginative naturalist explores the mysteries of man and nature. Besides historical fiction, I love poetry, humor, essays and short stories.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- A fiesty family with a wide range of opinions...
- Friends who would go to the moon for me...
- This stage of my life - to share, to enjoy, to create, to savor, to ponder...
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
I'm not sure if people notice my frisky and adventurous side right away. Humor, spontaneity and affection are very much a part of me. I love having silliness and sexiness as part of a full life. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. said, "Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything."
Friends Describe me as
Genuine, Intelligent, Optimistic, Physically Fit
A little more about me
A few things: I've learned the hard way that balance is important. While I know both happiness and sorrow, my experience is that neither exists in a vacuum. And, I value tolerance, unless the whole moral principle is missing. Then I am clear about what I will or won't tolerate, and I hope you are, too. Lastly, I love to travel, but I prefer to continue living in San Diego County. So if you've gotten this far and still want to talk, and if you don't already live in San Diego, it's important to think about whether you would ultimately consider a move here.