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On Mon, 11 Jan 16 19:47:50 UTC Abbie Hartley answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Not knowing your purpose or yourself
Where would you like to live?
The Wasatch Valley
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
That feeling of weighty contentment experienced when you're at home in the evening, having had just eaten dinner, there's a cup of tea and you're learning something or just thinking and wiling away the time, and it starts to snow.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
My proclivity to daydream when it is not convenient for others for me to do so.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Any hero I can actually attempt to emulate. Those who long for simplicity, but so very often overcome adversity through courage and tenacity of will.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Robin Williams, Vincent VanGoch, Leonardo DaVinci, Louise Pastieur.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Malala Josefzai for her courage, her will to live, and her will to learn. With those three attributes you will succeed.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Eowyn from the Lord of the Rings and Ophelia from Pans Labyrinth. Both face terrible odds, both triumph over those odds, and maintain their goodness throughout.
Your favorite painter?
It's a toss up between Van Goch and DaVinci
Your favorite musician?
Freddie Mercury.
The quality you most admire in a man?
Responsibility, Intelligence, Moral Fortitude without arrogance, and gentleness
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Responsibility, Intelligence, Moral Fortitude without arrogance, and gentleness
Your favorite virtue?
Kindness, the type of kindness that allows you to be firm without being cruel; the type that moves you to better the world
Your favorite occupation?
It changes from day to day. Some days I'm happiest with my colors and books, other days I'll play my drum until I go deaf, and some days I will study all sorts of things on the internet.
Your most marked characteristic?
I attempt to be myself regardless of the company I keep. I'm not crass, but I am not necessarily conventional
What do you most value in your friends?
The willingness to be there through any kind of calamity.
What is your principle defect?
I'm one hell of a lazy bastard
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
The loss of my spouse who is lover, best friend, confidant, and the main reason I remember to laugh at myself
What would you like to be?
Proust said it best: Myself-as those whom I admire would like me to be.
What is your favorite color?
Proust got really pretentious on this one didn't he? My favorite color is Blue, particularly Cerulean.
What is your favorite flower?
Jasmine and Rose
What is your favorite bird?
The Goldfinch. They are a bird of good omen to me
Who are your favorite prose writers?
I'm not one much for poetry or prose. i suppose Shakespeare and Yeats
Who are your favorite poets?
Again, not much for poetry, but I like Longfellow
Who are your heroes in real life?
The vetrans who are my friends.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Malala Josefzai
What are your favorite names?
Rose, Ophelia, Olivia, Orion, Spencer
What is it you most dislike?
Hypocrisy in myself and in others
What historical figures do you most despise?
Proust never knew Hitler or Pol Pot or Donald Trump...
What event in military history do you most admire?
D-Day, but honestly the day that the world lays down its weapons and declares enough is enough will be the day I most admire. Obviously it hasn't happened.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
A modicum of artistic talent
How would you like to die?
As happy as I am now, only after having been able to raise children to adulthood, and after having visited Ireland.
What is your present state of mind?
What is your motto?
Be kind to yourself; you're the only you you have

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