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On Tue, 18 Nov 14 22:24:12 UTC Ailene answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

Your most marked characteristic?
Mystery. The fact that no one ever knows what I'm thinking but they flatter themselves with acting like they know how I feel.
What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty. Straightforwardness. A sense of humor.
What is your principle defect?
Being out in left-field at moments it's not needed.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To never love, and not be loved in return.
What would you like to be?
Someone I can be proud of enough to love myself at age 60, and then spiral sideways into the coffin as in- 'wow! what a ride!'
What is your favorite color?
Anything that makes me marvel at it. For example, I love the beautiful colors of sunrise, but I am more of a sunset/twilight person per se. I love color but I am more of a blue/violet color myself.
What is your favorite flower?
Anything different from what I usually see.
What is your favorite bird?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Prose? I know that I love Shakespeare. It's rare that a 'favorite' author of mine would date back to anything in a strictly 'prose' era.
Who are your favorite poets?
Pablo Neruda, Sylvia Plath, even Bob Dylan.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Eleanor of Aquitaine.
What are your favorite names?
Whatever I would like to be called myself, and that's IF anyone would rise to that occasion.
What is it you most dislike?
Envy. Dishonesty. Low-class behavior.
What historical figures do you most despise?
Custer, Hitler, Andrew Jackson.
What event in military history do you most admire?
Any kind where soldiers fought for the freedom to live as we do now. I know it's not much, but can you imagine there being a Berlin Wall everywhere you look? Figuratively or not?
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
As opposed to artificial gifts? I would just like to not overthink things. To be spontaneous without regretting what I say afterword, or thinking too hard over a question...
How would you like to die?
I said this earlier (inspired by an Irish poem) - to stumble into my grave, all tired and breathless, but with my eyes shining as I exclaim in one sentence how much of a ride my life has been.
What is your present state of mind?
I'm looking forward to more questions like these! But I see that there is just one left.
What is your motto?
Never Miss Hanukkah? No, how about- there are two paths that you can go by, but in the long run- there's still time to change the road you're on.

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