My main character trait: Tenacity
The qualities that I desire in a man: Adoration of me, solvency
The qualities that I desire in a woman: beauty, accomplishment
What I appreciate most about my friends: They appreciate me.
My greatest flaw: I am artifically happy all the time--an annoying Pollyanna even in the morning when I first arise.
My favorite thing to do: Get into my huge claw-foot bathtub billowing with bubbles and read great literature 'til the water gets cold, then add some more hot water. Lather, rinse, repeat. Note to self: Don't do this with your best books.
My dream of happiness: All of my loved ones gathered around the dining room table on Christmas Eve after having come in from the cold singing carols in the neighborhood laughing and eating and imbibing an abundance of favorite foods and drink.
When or where were you happiest? I always enjoy the here and now.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? To be poor, sick, hungry, and cold--the plight of too many on this tragic orb.
What is your greatest fear? Germs, Homelessness.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I expect perfectionism from others and they resent it.
What living person do you most admire?
My husband Robert who had the worst thing in the world happen to him when he was nineteen and still finds joy in life.
Which living person do you most despise? There are more than one and shall remain nameless here.
Who or what is the greatest love of your life? My three children. My twenty-year career as a teacher.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I taught over one thousand students to play chess even if they didn't like English.
On what occasion do you lie? Only when the truth will not work
What do you most dislike about your appearance? I am losing my hair and have a panza.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Awesome, Cool, Gentle ______, who's fussing? Boys, behave!
What I would like to be: A beautiful opera singer-- a slightly chubby soprano celebrated and admired the world over for her beauty and talent with white roses.
Where I’d like to live: Santa Fe, NM in the summer. Las Cruces, NM in the winter.
My favorite color: That pale shade of lavender blue just as the sun is setting.
The flower that I like: A long stemmed white rose with the barest tint of green on the tips each petal. One is bejeweled with a sparkling twinklebell of dew.
My favorite bird: In the east: cardinal In the west: bluejay
My favorite authors: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Flann O'Brien, Kurt Vonnegut, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, John Irving, John Kennedy Toole, Allan Gurganess, Barbara Kingsolver, Mary Karr, Martin Amis, Christopher Hitchens
My favorite poets: William Shakespeare, John Keats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Walt Whitman, T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, e. e. cummings, Robert Frost, Paul Simon, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan
My favorite heroes in fiction: Prince Charming, Atticus Finch, Jay Gatsby
My favorite heroines in fiction: Snow White, Nancy Drew, Scarlett O'Hara, Lucy Marsden
Composers I like: J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin
My favorite painters: Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Picasso, Utrillo, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Hart Benton, Alphonse Mucha, Erte, Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell, Chuck Close, Banksy
My heroes in real life: The legions of schoolteachers who go to work everyday striving to show excellence in every content area inspiring students to "get a life" of the mind.
My favorite names: Hillary, Charlotte, Paul, Robert, Jaime, Victoria
What I most detest: Deliberate cruelty
Personality types I most dislike: Rude, arrogant, inconsiderate, avaricious
The military exploit I most admire: The Battle of the Bulge
The reform I admire the most: The Civil Rights Movement
The natural gift I wish I had: The ability to pick up foreign languages with ease, to play a musical instrument
What is your greatest regret? That I lacked confidence in myself and aimed low
How I’d like to die: After a long and happy life at peace and surrounded by my loved ones in a comfortable bed with The Beatles playing in the background--side two Abbey Road--Golden Slumbers all the way through to Her Majesty
My present state of mind: Content yet worried about loved ones
The faults for which I have the most tolerance: overindulgence in any of the creature comforts, flattering me
My motto: Don't tread on me.