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On Wed, 11 Nov 15 23:30:04 UTC Anya (71) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To have no contact with nature.
Where would you like to live?
In a small settled colony in the North Atlantic.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To be close to nature.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Spending more time than I should online.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
I don't read fiction.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
I don't spend much time with history. Perhaps those who explore uncharted waters -- both explorers and scientists.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Any who stand up for their rights. E.g., Wendy Davis.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
I don't read fiction.
Your favorite painter?
Too hard to choose. Franz Kline, Morris Lewis, more...
Your favorite musician?
J.S. Bach
The quality you most admire in a man?
Honest communication & deep sharing, intelligence, moral compass, self-reflection
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Deep sharing, honesty, intelligence, moral compass, self-reflection
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Observing nature
Who would you have liked to be?
Who else but me?
Your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
Honest, deep communication
What is your principle defect?
Low tolerance for those who live in the role of "victim"
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To have no contact with nature
What would you like to be?
At peace and satisfied with my life.
What is your favorite color?
Periwinkle. Blue family, extending to turquoise, teal, blue-green, purple.
What is your favorite flower?
Hard to pick, but I'll say peony, especially fragrant pink or pink & white ones. Baptisia too. And lupine.
What is your favorite bird?
Chickadee, wood thrush, hermit thrush
Who are your favorite prose writers?
I don't often read prose.
Who are your favorite poets?
Wendell Berry, Billy Collins, Mary Oliver
Who are your heroes in real life?
Those like Bill McKibbon who sound the alarm about climate change. My professors who held us to the highest standards (Dr. Robert Nichols & Adelaide Davidson).
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
I don't know. Rosa Parks?
What are your favorite names?
What a stupid question.
What is it you most dislike?
Aside from those who despoil the earth and those who use power, deceipt, and Big Money to corrupt the concept of Democracy, I have a pet peeve about poor grammar!
What historical figures do you most despise?
Dick Cheney and Karl Rove and any of GWB's other henchmen who got us into the Iraq war.
What event in military history do you most admire?
The invasion of Normandy? (But I am not very interested in history, so there could be other, more admirable achievements.)
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
To be a helpful, but also compassionate, spiritual counselor to those in need.
How would you like to die?
At peace with my life and circumstances.
What is your present state of mind?
Overwhelmed. Wishing for a clone (or magic fairy) to do all the tasks I don't want to, but that weigh heavy on my mind. (Purging, financial planning, etc.)
What is your motto?
To thine own Self be true. / Do nothing you will regret; and having done that, regret nothing that you have done.

Nov. 11, 2015

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