I am a public high school English teacher. I love to travel; the last trip I took was to Normandy, France over Christmas break 2013. I am an avid reader, always reading a book, currently I am reading Barbara Kingsolver's novel about Mexico "The Lacuna." Five things I can't live without--books, music (Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, Mozart. Schubert, Johnny Cash, The Beatles (of course), too many musical interests to list), my five dogs, friends and family, good food and wine. When I travel, I travel lightly and try to adapt to the culture I am visiting. I would make an excellent guest, because I appreciate the opportunity to stay in a native's home, I appreciate art and architecture, and I would take very good care of any place I was lucky enough to stay in. I do believe that what goes around, comes around, you have to give to get, and always treat others, as you would like to be treated.