A. Bartender, Violence Prevention Counselor, Community Center Director, Non-profit administrator, grand writer,
A. I loved being a camp counselor and a camp director. I love love love being a writer.
A. Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn, City College of New York.
A. Harry Connick Jr. on stage makes me weak in the knees. Maybe that's why my husband only took me once.
A. "Terms of Endearment," makes me weep until my eyes close up. I can't watch it more than once every few years.
A. "Breaking Bad," which is an education in writing an anti-hero that people root for. How do they do it?
A. Being handy around the house. I am regrettably unable to use tools without injuring myself and others.
A. Raising my incredible daughters.
A. Expecting my husband to be so stupid that he would answer this question when I asked him.
A. I'm quick to forgive almost all transgressions (except hurting my children.)
A. I'll keep being me--I like my family and friends too much to leave--but I'll be me thinner and without the forehead lines.
A. I smile (perhaps too much--it makes my face into an apple) and can't help making jokes all the time.
A. Francie Nolan from "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" -- she was my childhood touchstone.
A. Allie Fox from "Mosquito Coast" by Paul Troux--he is a spot-on capture of a man destroying everyone around him because he is so steeped in his righteousness.
A. Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat, who saved nearly 100,000 Hungarians during the Holocaust--and lost his freedom, and then life in the process. All I could say is "thank you," and "I am in awe of you."
A. Entitlement--which shows in so many ways: cutting in line, tailgating, etc.
A. I am absolutely doing it!
A. Kindness. Responsibility. Warmth.
A. Stuffing made from my grandmother's recipe.
A. "Come Rain or Come Shine" by Ray Charles ('our' song,) "At Last" by Etta James (for my husband,) "Down On My Knees" by Ayo (best heartbreak song,) "She Works Hard for the Money" by Donna Summer (from when I was a bartender,) "Reach Out For Me" by Dionne Warwick (from second date with husband,"
A. Mary GordonOlivia GoldsmithRosellen BrownLarry McMurtyWally Lamb
A. MOSQUITO COAST by Paul TherouxDRINKING: A LOVE STORY by Caroline KnappTHE SUICIDE INDEX by Joan WickershamSHE'S COME UNDONE by Wally LambBEFORE AND AFTER by Rosellen Brown
A. MOSQUITO COAST by Paul Theroux, an education in using a young narrator and the best capture of a family in thrall to the madman within.
A. Revise until you feel it hit in your heart and gut, and you don't think you can make it any better.
A. "I stayed up much to late so I could finish your book." I love hearing that, because I love books where you GOTTA know.