Like many people (I suspect), I find it a little difficult to just start writing about myself... but I'd like to think that I'm a decent, ethical person with a good sense of humor whose friends & family find supportive, dependable and generous with my time and resources. My political leanings are Liberal, I read the NYTimes. I can be talkative (at times!), but also a good listener. I like meeting/knowing different kinds of people, even those with different views/beliefs from mine, though I feel that, with a partner, some amount of shared views/interests is necessary. I try to live a healthy lifestyle (though I yield to chocolate), and have only in the last several years come to know the joy of having a dog (I recently adopted an abandoned Aussie mix). I can be independent, but value close connections to family and friends. After traveling for work for many years, I don't mind sticking close to home. I have renovated a number of houses over the years, and love anything mid-Century modern (architecture, furniture, etc.).