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On Mon, 11 Jan 16 19:19:25 UTC Darnell answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Losing a loving mother.
Where would you like to live?
In Peace.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Being in love and having that love reciprocated.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Surrendering to sins of the flesh.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Pretty much any Biblical "character".
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Pretty much any Biblical "character".
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Nurturing mothers.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Any woman who fought against the tyranny of a system, a country or a man...and won!
Your favorite painter?
A personal friend of mine. No one famous or infamous.
Your favorite musician?
Aretha Franklin. Her piano skills have their own voice.
The quality you most admire in a man?
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Who would you have liked to be?
The nicer part of myself, for the majority of my days.
Your most marked characteristic?
Resilience. Never giving up even when giving up seems like the only option left.
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your principle defect?
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Having never been in love...even if the moment was fleeting.
What would you like to be?
I don't aspire to be a what, but a who. I'd like to be recognized as a person, not a thing.
What is your favorite color?
It was blue as a young child, then became green as an adult. Now I'm back to blue. Perhaps I'm having a full circle moment.
What is your favorite flower?
The romantic standby...the rose.
What is your favorite bird?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
I don't have one.
Who are your favorite poets?
Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes
Who are your heroes in real life?
People who fearlessly champion for those they love without expecting anything in return.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
I always admired the tenacity of Shirley Chisholm.
What are your favorite names?
Lover. Husband. Partner. Friend
What is it you most dislike?
What historical figures do you most despise?
Hitler would have to be somewhere at the very top...or bottom of such a list.
What event in military history do you most admire?
Any event that brings our troops back home...alive.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
The power of persuasion.
How would you like to die?
What is your present state of mind?
Relaxed, though not content.
What is your motto?
Be at peace with yourself. Never give up.

Darnell is in his 40s and resides on the East Coast/USA.

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