I strive to live "the examined life." I believe that happiness is fleeting, but that serenity and contentment are sustainable. And while I love my peaceful alone time, I am a "people" person, and love socializing and engaging in long conversations, whether they be about the mundane details of the day, or weighty topics. I am naturally inquisitive and interested in learning about others. Actually, I am interested in learning about almost anything. I love ideas - they excite me. I am warm and direct, not at all aloof. I don't hide much. I don't take myself too seriously laughter is an important part of my day. I am visceral and tactile, and believe in following my instincts and intuition, but I am cerebral and pensive as well. I don't really fit the mold, whatever that mold may be. And, on most days, I actually love my life! To quote Annie Dillard, " How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." I attempt to embrace each day as there are no do overs.