What is your idea of perfect happiness? Peace, fulfillment, connection.
What is your greatest fear? Drowning.
Which living person do you most admire? Michelle Obama comes to mind. I might revise this answer.
What is the trait you most deplore about yourself? Criticizing and judging others.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Selfishness. (Is that an example of me criticizing and judging though?)
What is your greatest extravagance? My greatest intentional extravagance is trips to France. My greatest unintentional extravagance is the food I waste.
What is your favorite journey? Up Franconia Ridge.
On what occasion do you lie? When I’m surprising someone, including with gifts. When I need time for myself and cancel work or a meeting with another professional.
What do you dislike most about your appearance? Sometimes my nose, sometimes my hair, sometimes my shape.
Which living person do you most despise? Trump. Fred Phelps.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “you know”
What or who is the greatest love of your life? My child.
When and where were you happiest? Ages 3 – 7.5 in Toronto, and junior year in college in Strasbourg, France. And on many vacations.
Which talent would you most like to have? Playing a musical instrument.
What is your current state of mind? A bit discouraged.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would not have ADHD. Wait, make that cyclical depression. And anxiety. I claim the power to change those three things.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Achieving my lifelong dream of living in NH. And, as a young adult, living for 2 years in France.
What is your most treasured possession? Objects of great meaning that other people have given me. Partial list: Burgundian family corkscrew from Patrick, china vase from Marie-Jeanne, crock from Liza, small vase from Kathleen and Beth, Uncle N’s framed mirror.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? For me, it’s depression.
Where would you like to live? Where I live now. Or France. Maybe Scotland. DC.
What is your favorite occupation? Hiking and speaking French.
What is your most marked characteristic? My keen interest in others.
What do you value most in your friends? Acceptance and forgiveness.
Who are your favorite writers? So many! Louise Erdrich tops the list.
If you were to die and come back as a person, or thing, what do you think it would be? A blue heron. Or Franconia Ridge.
What is your motto? Truth waits for eyes unclouded by longing. Also, “be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart,” by Rilke.