My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Of course I can
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Nelson Mandela comes to mind--Someone who sacrificed his own comfort and well-being for the greater good without being consumed by bitterness.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. I gave up perfection quite some time ago--too limiting. Happiness comes in different ways on different days. Could be canoeing with my husband, listening to jazz at a club and sipping a Manhattan, snuggling in flannel sheets on a chilly morning, with no place I've got to be any time soon. The important thing is to make time for it, which is something I've had to learn.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Regret is boring. I try to learn from the situation and move on.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. 'Cool' and 'I'm fine' come to mind.
November 17, 2008When you live in Brooklyn, NY you pretty much learn how to tune out noise—it’s a survival skill. But I am utterly unable to ignore the sound of music, whether it’s a CD I’ve chosen, or I am being involuntarily serenaded with dancehall, hip hop, gospel, or whatever is filtering from my neighbors’ windows. It’s really a problem when I’m trying to write. My words bump into the melody and I’m lost.
But sixth senses are like that—they don’t bend to your will, and for me music isn’t just about hearing. It’s as much a sense as taste or smell—has been since I was little. I grew... see more