My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you've collected nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering.” (Prof. Harold Hill in Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN).
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. That someday they'll close that diner!
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. E-mails that are written in such haste that I can't understand what the person is saying. And e-mails that don't begin with "Dear Staton" or "Dear Ms. Rabin", and simply dive right in. Yes, I know I'm a bit old-fashioned.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. My mother's Greek spinach rolls (though we're not Greek).
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Watching old movies and talking with friends.