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. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Yoga. And going for walks.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Could I be a great painter (who doesn't have to worry too much about surviving financially) living in an exotic location surrounded by friends and family? I’ll be her.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. People have historically commented on my hair, but as I age, I think it’s not so much noticed. Which is fine by me. People also say I carry a kind of sadness, which inevitably makes me sad, whether I am or not. Maybe my attitude of listening? I’ve been told that, too. I’ll take that.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Is there perfect happiness on this earth? I don't think so—though we're granted glimpses of eternity. For me, a deep experience of happiness comes when I'm with people I love and we are content, maybe walking by water (preferably a large and salty body of it) or sitting in comfortable chair by a fireplace (crackling with a fire made of cherry and birch wood). Also something delicious to eat and drink—that's often a part of the experience, too. Good conversation and companionable silence. A great book. Poems read aloud. Music playing, and the quiet that comes after.