A. "Write what you know" means learn more, not write less.
A. My parents. Sappy, but true.
A. I'm not sure I believe in 'perfect' happiness, since the awareness of being happy also requires the knowledge that there is UNhappiness, and.. okay, being too philosophical, I know.
Perfect happiness for me, I guess, is that moment when you turn to share something -- a joke, a sight, a thought -- with someone, and they're right there, ready for the adventure, whatever it is. The moment of discovery, and being able to share it.
A. Photographer. I mourn the slow demise of the darkroom in the age of digital photos; there was something very soothing about the process of turning negatives into finished photos.
A. The ability to laugh at oneself as needed, a desire to learn, and the strength to be gentle.