I'm looking for friends of either sex in my area, people to share interests and the occasional outing. I am a visual artist and a published writer, outgoing, friendly, with a good sense of humour, but with an introverted side.I like close friendships, as well as groups of friends. I don't like parties, as a rule. I love animals and wildlife. I've volunteered in various fields, such as judging writing contests and at animal rescues. I like friends who are upbeat realists and thoughtful people, who enjoy both popular culture and more intellectual pursuits. I've been doing meditation of various kinds for decades. I like friends who are kind, caring and appreciative. I sing and like to sing with others. I have musical friends who play guitar or piano while I sing, and would love to meet more like-minded individuals. I am widowed with a married 35 year old son who is a teacher, and lives in Ottawa. I consider myself a moderate feminist, a liberal, and a seeker. I have done sacred dance, and taken part in other new age rituals, but I'm not 'flaky' about it. I like facts and proof but am very open-minded, tolerant and curious by nature, and would love to make friends with people who share my outlook and interests. I'm definitely a 'boomer' baby type - I traveled extensively in my youth, love drumming and alternate cultures. If I was in "Grace and Frankie" I'd be Frankie, with a rational side, and a touch of Grace.