Karen Halvorsen Schreck
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Open eyes. Open hands. Open heart. Open mind.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. So hard. I love to travel. Italy is the first place that comes to mind—Rome or the coast. New Mexico, which in some places makes me feel like I’m walking around in a Georgia O’Keefe painting. Denmark, Croatia, Japan, Kenya, because these are places I’ve always wanted to go. But right now I’m at home with my family, and eager for nothing more than a quiet, contented night, and a book in bed, and then restful sleep. I’m happy to be right where I am.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
Jesus, and I would say hello, and then see what happens, listening and watching and using every other sense available to me as the moments passed.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Not fiction, but Shakespeare’s villains take the cake. Also, for me, at least, Flannery O’Conner’s.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. I don't really identify with anyone specifically, as much as admire and learn from people who've gone before. Hildegard of Bingen, Emily Dickinson, Anne Frank, Rosa Parks, Flannery O'Conner are individuals who immediately come to mind. But there are so many more.