I'm a professional musician (I write opera and perform new music on traditional Japanese bamboo flute) and also run a nonprofit organization that helps independent literary publishers reach their readers. I'm kind, funny, nice, love food, books, yoga, all manner of the arts and learning new things in general. I'm a quiet and considerate guest and I've traveled a lot. Many people say I live a charmed life, but I just think I'm open to noticing opportunities when they come along ("luck = the result of hard work"). I'm very creative and enjoy a good conversation. I've lived in Japan and Ireland and speak reasonable Japanese and am always working on being better at French; I love learning bits of new languages.