Tracy Thompson

Tracy Thompson is a reporter and essayist who has written about subjects ranging from psychiatry to law to the Civil War. She is the author of The Beast: A Reckoning with Depression and The Ghost in the House. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband, their two daughters, one tabby cat, and an enthusiastic beagle named Max.

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My Life in 8 Words

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Tracy Thompson
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Don't take life so serious, son. It ain't nohow permanent." Walt Kelly

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Abraham Lincoln. I'd ask him how he learned to write, and after he told me that I'd get him to talk about his mother.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Most of them are four-letter words which I have been trying for years (unsuccessully) to purge from my vocabulary.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Being too chicken to get on the road with a newborn, thereby causing my husband and myself to miss our only chance to see a space shuttle launch. I was a wimp. I still kick myself about it.