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On Tue, 12 Jan 16 20:51:03 UTC D. E. Alvis (58) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being with women who don't understand or like me. Watching my dying father suffer. My dog dying.
Where would you like to live?
In my own home, wherever it is at the time. In peace and quiet and beauty.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Reading, freedom, being at home with my dog. A few beloved friends to talk to. Dark chocolate.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
To those without curiousity and imagination. People who don't enjoy reading.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Dagny Taggart. Pi. Dorinda in "Barren Ground." Alexandra in "0 Pioneer." Jo in "Little Women."
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Amelia Earhart. Abraham Lincoln. Oscar Wilde. Madame Curie. Jesus Christ.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
My mother. My dance teacher Frances Keaton. Sadly I can't think of any who are alive today.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
See above. Sorry.
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
Intelligence, sense of humor
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Intelligence, honesty
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Reading, thinking
Who would you have liked to be?
Myself in a better world, maybe the future. And I'd like to be taller.
Your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty. Loyalty.
What is your principle defect?
Self-absorbed, introvert. Cold and aloof when wounded.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To never love or be loved. To never have solitude.
What would you like to be?
Happy. FREE. Alone most of the time.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
Gardenia, for the fragrance
What is your favorite bird?
Carolina Chickadee
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Somerset Maugham, Willa Cather
Who are your favorite poets?
Dylan Thomas. My brother Ashley Alvis. Thich Nhat Hanh.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
I answered this already.
What are your favorite names?
Claire. Anna.
What is it you most dislike?
Strong gusty cold relentless wind. Unkind people. My middle name. Bridal showers/teas.
What historical figures do you most despise?
What event in military history do you most admire?
My brother surviving Vietnam.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Higher IQ
How would you like to die?
Very old and happy, and lucid.
What is your present state of mind?
Relaxed and amused.
What is your motto?
Just do the right thing. Be kind. Choose to be happy. Think for yourself.

Why do I have no real life heroes? Maybe I will, someday. But I never felt the need for them. I try to be a good person, but I fear I think too highly of myself and value my life too dearly. Maybe I won't, someday.

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