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 acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I would love to be more at fully at peace with my physical self. So I guess I would love to have been a talented dancer—as long as the art form was modern dance. Perhaps I can still find my way toward this through yoga, though. Hoping so.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I don’t really play “could be” like this. I could say dolphin, otter, or eagle, but then I think I’d rather just watch these creatures for hours at a time. Or I could say Mary Magdalene, meeting Jesus in the garden. Or I could say my mother, so I could understand who she was. Or I could say myself all over again, only knowing what I know now. I guess I’d go for any of these “could bes.”
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Yoga. And going for walks.
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.