Hoping against hope and trying again to break a long lonely streak. My life is complicated with many responsibilities to my wonderful children and my job (which I mostly love, though some aspects of it drive me crazy). I have been disappointed in love many times but continue to look ahead with optimism. I am most alive when inspired by art, literature, or music but I also love domestic and family life, gardening, cooking, nature, and traveling. I am by nature a rather shy person but can be very talkative in one-on-one situations and have learned to be outgoing and commanding of attention within the professional context. I have lived abroad for long periods of time and have never felt that I fully fit into the contemporary American culture. In the past I have had many hobbies: drawing and painting, piano, violin, creative writing... but these days my time is mostly devoted to my children and, professionally, to my teaching and scholarship (I have been working on one book for the past ten years and still have a long way to go, but another book has just been published, the result of five years' hard labor). I can be very loving, giving, and devoted to the right person--someone who makes me feel truly appreciated and fully alive (intellectually, creatively, spiritually, physically). Someone who makes me feel that, after many long years of wanderings and wrong turns, I've at last come home.