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On Sat, 09 Jan 2010 13:59:33 UTC furies (27) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
hiding under a bed, being afraid to come out, being so afraid of tragedy that you don't live.
Where would you like to live?
new york city, the home of my heart and head.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
to have a library filled with more books than i can imagine, family and friends near by, the opportunity to sail, ride horses, and live near the ocean.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
i often indulge in my desire to wallow, or self-reflect - to a major fault.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
heathcliff, stephen deadalus, mark zusak's death, phinny from a separate peace.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
alexander hamilton, napoleon, anne sexton, dante.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
hillary rodham clinton, carol gluck, madeleine l'engle
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
meg murray, emma bovary, lily bart, isabel archer
Your favorite painter?
kandisky, my aunt, edvard munch, magritte
Your favorite musician?
bruce springsteen
The quality you most admire in a man?
self-confidence, a curious nature, intelligence
The quality you most admire in a woman?
ability to laugh, loyalty, intelligence, success
Your favorite virtue?
patience, understanding, believing that people can change.
Your favorite occupation?
reading, sleeping, walking by ocean, thinking big thoughts
Who would you have liked to be?
eleanor rooselvet. possibly alice roosevelt. my therapist - she seems to really have it together. but i like myself.
Your most marked characteristic?
an ability to write letters, patience with the eldery and the mentally disabled. also, always carrying a book around.
What do you most value in your friends?
loyalty, understanding, honesty.
What is your principle defect?
believing the best in people to a fault; forgiving too easily; not willing to compromise on things, assuming everyone is like me and wants to know more (not many people like to be corrected, it turns out.)
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
never to have moved to new york.
What would you like to be?
i would like to be the me i hope to be in 10 years - but now! (psychologist with more roots.)
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
daffodils, yellow roses, daisies.
What is your favorite bird?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
currently: a lot of swedes. edith wharton, hemingway, libba bray.
Who are your favorite poets?
stephen dunn, marie ponsot, marilyn hacker, adrienne rich.
Who are your heroes in real life?
my therapist, carol gluck (professor), my sisters, dr. kapolka (high school english teacher).
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
elizabeth I of hungary, anne frank, empress josephine, vera brittan, dr. james barry
What are your favorite names?
madison, regan, phinneas, jack, emma, ludwig
What is it you most dislike?
how finances play a role in how our dreams come about - stalling them, mostly.
What historical figures do you most despise?
mugabe, milosovec, george w. bush
What event in military history do you most admire?
the battle of the bulge
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
a stronger work ethic and social grace
How would you like to die?
quietly, when i am ready.
What is your present state of mind?
irritation with my insomnia.
What is your motto?
it all comes back to the breath - breathe.

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