I am 51 years old. I worked in high-level secretarial positions for 25 years before retiring in 1997 to become a caregiver for my mother, who was ill. In the interim, I have become a successful webmistress and owner of a highly rated awards program.
I am an amateur digital photographer, love music, creative writing, live theater. NYC is my favorite U.S. city. Venice is my favorite city in the World. I collect miniature penguins, stuffed moose and Euro South Park memorabilia.
I have been married twice. The first time, when I was too young to know what the words "love" or "marriage" really meant (even though I was 30 at the time!). Lasted 2 years.
Single for the next 10 years ... dated many ... ummm ... let's say "one-of-a-kind" people. Became very independent and secure in my single life, when I met Ken.
Ken is the exact opposite of my first husband and my soulmate. We were best friends for 4 years before getting serious. He has now been my loving husband for the last 11 years. We have no children, by choice.
Through my relationships, I like to think I've grown as a person. Grown up? If being a grown-up means that you can't have fun, play games or enjoy cartoons with other kids, then I'd have to say "no".
A good relationship: One in which you allow yourself to be vulnerable, open, trusting and completely honest.
A bad relationship: One in which you allow yourself to be vulnerable, open, trusting and completely honest. The difference is how you feel about yourself in the morning.
Cynicism and Humor
I'm an individual. I'm special (as are all of the other panelists) and thus I have a unique point of view. I've also been around long enough to earn myself the privilege of being a complete cynic.
I also think that humor is a wonderful thing. Case in point: One of your readers asked "My boyfriend's best friend doesn't like me because of the way I act. What can I do?"
I'd answer: Give up acting and find a career you're good at!
Age 50, Manchester, NJ