My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. I would love to be in Venice, sipping a latte in a sun-warmed piazza.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I'm okay with being me, but sometimes the life of a cat seems pretty sweet.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. When I think of perfect happiness, I think of times when I am totally in the moment, completely engaged, not wanting to be or even think about a different time or place. Sometimes this happens when I’m writing, when the words are just flowing; I’m not really thinking, just taking it all down, living in that other world. When I was a kid, this would happen when I went wandering through the woods alone, or maybe playing the piano, or maybe dancing. Another ph occasion: holding my daughter in the rocking chair when she was a baby. She felt warm and heavy against me; her hair was silky; she smelled of milk. I could feel her breathing change as she slipped into a contented sleep. I flat-out knew in the deepest place that you can know things, that there was nothing in the world more important than what I was doing at that moment.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. I'm actually a bit superstitious about naming my greatest fear. Fortunately, I have many, many other fears to choose from. So let's just go with scorpions. Eek!