Karen Halvorsen Schreck
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Open eyes. Open hands. Open heart. Open mind.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. See #5 and #10.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. People have historically commented on my hair, but as I age, I think it’s not so much noticed. Which is fine by me. People also say I carry a kind of sadness, which inevitably makes me sad, whether I am or not. Maybe my attitude of listening? I’ve been told that, too. I’ll take that.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I don’t really play “could be” like this. I could say dolphin, otter, or eagle, but then I think I’d rather just watch these creatures for hours at a time. Or I could say Mary Magdalene, meeting Jesus in the garden. Or I could say my mother, so I could understand who she was. Or I could say myself all over again, only knowing what I know now. I guess I’d go for any of these “could bes.”
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Black beans made the Guatemalan way, served with corn tortillas, guacamole, and brown rice, please.