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My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Of course I can
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Honesty, Common Sense, Humor
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Identify is tough. I am fascinated by those ancestors who were brought from places in Africa I am unable to identify, survived Middle Passage and sit at the base of my gene pool, giving me what I need to move forward today.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. I gave up perfection quite some time ago--too limiting. Happiness comes in different ways on different days. Could be canoeing with my husband, listening to jazz at a club and sipping a Manhattan, snuggling in flannel sheets on a chilly morning, with no place I've got to be any time soon. The important thing is to make time for it, which is something I've had to learn.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. This is completely impossible for me to answer. The list would change endlessly, then I'd have to get into whose version of the songs. . .
November 17, 2008When you live in Brooklyn, NY you pretty much learn how to tune out noise—it’s a survival skill. But I am utterly unable to ignore the sound of music, whether it’s a CD I’ve chosen, or I am being involuntarily serenaded with dancehall, hip hop, gospel, or whatever is filtering from my neighbors’ windows. It’s really a problem when I’m trying to write. My words bump into the melody and I’m lost.
But sixth senses are like that—they don’t bend to your will, and for me music isn’t just about hearing. It’s as much a sense as taste or smell—has been since I was little. I grew... see more