I'm something of a political animal, trying to hold the fort as crazed reactionaries seek to take us back to the 19th (or is it 12th?) century. Participate in local and national political activities. There's so much more to be done, and even the good guys are stuck inside the Beltway mindset. Sigh...
I'm also looking to take on more personal, private activities. With another baseball season now underway (the four best words in the English language are "pitchers and catchers report"), I still look back fondly to memories of a baseball-themed trip to a Caribbean island very rarely visited by USAers, which also included significant learning about international relations, lots of cool pictures of architecture, countryside, monuments, unusual cars.
Lately, I've been delving into classical music. My nephew, now studying at Juilliard(!), is a spectacularly accomplished oboist. He's already played Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and other temples of music, and takes master classes with renowned virtuosos. In Feb 2014, he was mentioned by name in a New York Times review! I wish I could say that his musical talent is in my genes too, but alas, my only talent is in listening.