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Work hard and have fun.
The first thing friends and co-workers say is fun. I also had a co-worker say, "You just love a disaster." Which I think means I'm always ready for Plan B -- I'm flexible. They would also say I was a good cook, a good painter, and a good writer. And I hope they'd say I was a loyal friend.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Read the New Yorker piece.
Most of the time these days I look like a shlub, but I do have style and actually wrote about style back in my New York youth. I'm interested in art and architecture, books, movies, theatre -- cultural stuff. And am published in all that. But I think people who are long winded on those subjects can be tiresome. I like change -- and have not had enough of it lately between work and family commitments.
I used to put together an annual book festival, and I write and paint. I've worked in the nonprofit sector for many years -- museums, social services, health, education, arts, environmental organizations. I go to a gym regularly, and walk. Before children my husband and I traveled a lot ... and lived in faraway places.
Music, Movies, and Books
The Lady Eve, Bronco Billy
Not really a music person, but like to dance.
Harriet the Spy, The Travels of Jamie McPheeters ... more recently: Canada by Richard Ford.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
(I'll spare the motherhood memories.)
Eating sea urchins in coddled eggs in Lyons, France. Best thing I ever ate.
First job, downtown Manhattan, painting silks for a fashion designer in an enormous raw space (would later house the nightclub Area) that was heated with wood stoves and had "pet" wolves wandering through it. Looking out the window onto the square below and watching the NYPD on horses practicing riot techniques in the snow.
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