The first half of my childhood was spent in an Italian immigrant neighborhood and the second in an Asian immigrant neighborhood in NYC. I love Italian, Asian and pretty much all food! I've had the luck to travel the world and to hear wonderful stories of patients of all ages. My fondest wish upon retirement would be to split my time between Italy and NYC. My avocation is writing - mostly for newspapers and magazines. This second half of life is quite wonderful. Eudora Welty said " real daring is from within."