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On Thu, 10 May 12 02:08:42 UTC americanwoman (62) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
to never feel safe or know where your next meal will come from
Where would you like to live?
near the water, preferably the ocean where I live now.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
to feel safe, loved and enjoy the simple things that life has to offer
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
eating too many sweets at a time; no will power grrrrr
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
John Galt and Atticus Finch where one stands up for his beliefs no matter what the consequences; King Arthur and Odysseus
Who are your favorite characters in history?
those who advanced a nation (but not due to war) and made life better for their fellow man
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
I think most good, caring and loving mothers are heroines; one who sacrifice for the betterment of their children
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
I adore Kate from Taming of the Shrew; Antigone
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
Mozart, Buddy Rich, Joshua Bell, and Jethro Tull ;-)
The quality you most admire in a man?
integrity, empathy, intelligence and masculinity
The quality you most admire in a woman?
integrity, compassion, intelligence and femininity
Your favorite virtue?
leaning towards honesty....but so many touch each other in some way.
Your favorite occupation?
teaching and seeing the excitement of discovery on students' faces
Who would you have liked to be?
I don't know exactly whom, but a woman with more courage than I have.
Your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
that they listen and are there when I need them
What is your principle defect?
indecisiveness at times
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
to have lost one of my children
What would you like to be?
Me but smarter and one who can deal with crises better
What is your favorite color?
It depend; for wearing, black and green; for decorating blue and yellow
What is your favorite flower?
What is your favorite bird?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Fitzgerald, Capote, Rand, Shakespeare
Who are your favorite poets?
Shakespeare, ee cummings and more, but I just cannot think of them
Who are your heroes in real life?
those who sacrifice their lives to either help or save others without thinking of themselves
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
JFK, Jefferson, Franklin (and even with their personal flaws)
What are your favorite names?
Male: Nikola, Alexandar Female: Katherine (Katie or Kate)
What is it you most dislike?
apathy, proud ignorance
What historical figures do you most despise?
any who killed/tortured innocent people to gain power
What event in military history do you most admire?
D Day
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
I am with Proust here...
How would you like to die?
knowing I have helped changed some lives; and IN MY SLEEP before I get to be a burden....
What is your present state of mind?
Relaxed yet antsy as I just retired as I can't wait to begin the next passage of my life.
What is your motto?
From Emerson: What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Retired teacher, but one who will never stop learning or teaching...

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