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. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Whoever is the main character in whatever best book I’m reading. For instance, right now I’m rereading The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman for the third time because I’ll soon be teaching that book, and I’m over the moon for Lyra.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I would love to be more at fully at peace with my physical self. So I guess I would love to have been a talented dancer—as long as the art form was modern dance. Perhaps I can still find my way toward this through yoga, though. Hoping so.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. So hard. I love to travel. Italy is the first place that comes to mind—Rome or the coast. New Mexico, which in some places makes me feel like I’m walking around in a Georgia O’Keefe painting. Denmark, Croatia, Japan, Kenya, because these are places I’ve always wanted to go. But right now I’m at home with my family, and eager for nothing more than a quiet, contented night, and a book in bed, and then restful sleep. I’m happy to be right where I am.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. “And then . . . “ I have this bad habit of beginning new paragraphs with “And then.”