A. A consultant on natural resources policy and management (something I still do), an international environmental economist for the U.S. Department of Treasury overseeing the social and environmental aspects of multilateral development bank projects and policy, and, among other jobs, waitress.
A. I went to New Trier high school in the north Chicago suburbs, college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (Go Blue!!) and got my PhD at Princeton University.
A. The Power of One; October Sky
A. The Colbert Report, Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NCIS, Law and Order
A. writer, mom, compassionate, happy, crazy, full of wonder
A. Life is what you make it.
A. Cuddling and laughing with my son and husband, as our dog cuddles next to us to get into the action. That's the perfect moment.
A. Losing the people I love.
A. I'm there. At home in Vermont.
A. Nelson Mandela. He embodies forgiveness in a way I can only aspire to.
A. Being too scared to do a semester abroad in college. I made up for it in graduate school and in my professional life, when I traveled frequently throughout Africa and elsewhere.
A. Playing the guitar.
A. Overcoming the mental and physical challenges surrounding a horseback riding accident I had when I was 17, in which I broke my back in two places and my pelvis in four.
A. Letting pain get to me.
A. I love to laugh. Plus I'm patient and don't get mad easily.
A. Myself. Or perhaps a unicorn, or famous author.
A. My smile.
A. Whining or complaining. It makes everything less fun.
A. Hiking, swimming, drawing.
A. I'm living it -- writing! That or a wildlife biologist or veterinarian.
A. Honesty, a sense of humor, and optimism.
A. Chocolate, of course. But it has to be DARK chocolate (not less than 70% cocoa). That or fresh picked cherry tomatoes. Mmmm.
A. It changes depending on my mood. Edelweiss and Amazing Grace, because I sing them with my son every night. Also I love I'm Yours, Apologize, Weak in the Knees, anything my son makes up and sings. Only 5?
A. Writing in a State of Siege by Andre Brink. It reminds me of why I write.
A. Actually, it's from a writer friend (Nancy Means Wright): You can't publish anything in your drawer.
A. As I write this, my book hasn't come out yet -- so, please, readers -- let me know what you think!