A. "Persistence counts."
A. Not a world-historic figure, but my maternal great-great grandmother was downright inspirational. She crossed the Oregon Trail as an 18-year-old bride headed for a place she had never been, uncertain what she would find upon arrival. Deep inside me I have a novel about her.
A. "We are ruled by idiots. But you knew that." It has ended many of my emails since about 1990.
A. I would not even attempt to describe it anymore because frequently when we achieve a goal that appears to offer perfect happiness, something is lacking. I would rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed. Besides, if you bat 1.000 where's the challenge and the elation of a surprise grand-slam homer?