The shortest distance between two people is a smile, and if you don't have one, I'll give you one of mine. I enjoy nature walks in the park, quiet intimate dinners in front of the fire, traveling to exotic ports of call, and just being with friends and family. I love listening to almost all kinds of music and dancing in the family room to the Eagles, the Beatles, etc., etc. I relish preparing dinner for a small group of friends. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with teaching degrees in speech pathology & English Literature. Earlier on, I was a speech therapist, but for the bulk of my career, have enjoyed being in Human Resources, running worldwide staffing organizations in Silicon Valley. There are so many stories to tell, and I would enjoy listening to yours. More recently, I have been a staffing consultant working for start-up companies, although things have slacked off as of late in this economy, so I have been following other pursuits. I have a Russian background with all of my grandparents emigrating from Belarus in the early 1900's. I was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where my parents were travel agents. I was so lucky to travel with them and my brother all over the world, and I still love to travel. Learning about other cultures broadens my kinship with those who have a different background from my own. I am hoping to find someone who may want to travel to exotic places with me. I will be visiting Israel and Jordan in November and Croatia September of 2015, but am open to exploring any points of interest on your list. I enjoy trips to San Francisco to see a play or attend the symphony, and love the opera, but it is so much more meaningful when you have that special someone with whom to share new experiences.