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 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. 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. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. “And then . . . “ I have this bad habit of beginning new paragraphs with “And then.”
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I most regret my tendency toward self-consciousness. I wish I had earlier learned that it is all right, and in fact necessary, to take risks and make mistakes