A. Choose wisely.
A. Most recently: "And then" and the word "that" (at least, in writing. I probably overuse other words and phrases while speaking.)
A. Aragorn, in The Lord of the Rings, was one of the first heroes I truly admired.
A. Reference librarian -- I was one, for several years, and I loved learning new things every day.
A. Fairness, kindness, and being true to one's own beliefs.