I'm trying to stay optimistic in a world gone mad. I work at a college with many first-generation students, which is more challenging all the time. It can be very rewarding, too. Social justice and integrity are important to me. I've just finished renovating the top half of my house--enough said about that the better. This time of year I'm attending to my flower garden, to being outside, to travel, to researching and writing, and to spending time with friends.
I have eclectic tastes in books, films, music, etc. It's easier to say what I don't like: dystopian sci-fi films (see world going mad, above); Hollywood films in which the class privilege of characters is taken for granted; head-banging house music; ghost-written memoirs of dangerous celebrities; hot chili peppers. Hard core country and rap are not favorites.
I try to keep these bones in shape (more or less) with different sorts of exercise. Let's say I'm an intellectual who likes to stay fit--biking, swimming, yoga--the usual. It wouldn't be accurate to say I'm a good cook but I'm an outstanding sous chef; I love to collaborate in the kitchen with someone who really does know what she's doing. Life has taught me a lot about how to love and be loved well. I'd like a chance to put these lessons into practice again. I'm pretty sure I would get an "A" this time. Mostly, I want to find someone who thinks I'm great, and who I think the same about. My priorities at this point are turning increasingly to joy and pleasure.