Cathy Alter

Cathy Alter is a Washington, D.C.-based writer whose articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Self, Fitness, and McSweeney's. Her first book, Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood, was released in 2004.

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Cathy Alter, author of "Up for Renewal," set out to transform her life by following the advice in women's magazines.

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Avoid making excuses or standing in long lines.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Is "tall" a trait? If not, I'd say my capacity to talk with my hands is pretty noticeable. And dangerous at times.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I swear like a sailor, so I'm afraid my most overused word rhymes with 'duck." Interestingly enough, my other most overused phrase is 'I love you,' which I enjoy saying almost as much as the word that rhymes with duck.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd like to meet Jim Morrison and ask him if I could borrow his leather pants for a week or so.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Loyalty, humor, compassion.

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