What is your favorite time of day? I love dawn. The problem is I hate getting up that early. When I do get up and function and don’t have to rush to be somewhere, this time is magical — especially if I can go outdoors. In warmer months it is often misty and hazy and dreamlike. It is always quiet—the kind that has a physical presence. Sitting still, with my hands wrapped around a warm mug of steaming coffee and just being…heaven.
What’s your favorite charitable cause and why? (Besides me?) I give to PBS and NPR because I watch and listen so I give back. I prefer to give locally to various groups so that I have a better idea of what is happening to money I do give. I’m also a huge fan of “little acts of kindnesses.” I don’t have one cause as many things call out to me and there are always needs.
How do you like to spend a rainy day? I love rainy days. I was a duck in a past life. A perfect rainy day would be in a B&B around Mendocino, curled up in front of a fire, with a book. Reading sometimes, listening to the rain and surf sometimes and sipping fine Scotch out of a crystal glass. Sharing this with a man I love (and who loves me back) would be a bonus. I’m fortunate that I’ve had such days. “Please, sir, I want some more.”
When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen? I so rarely write by hand these days and my penmanship reflects that, but give me a pen, please. If I can get my hands on one, a fountain pen. Now when I hold a pen it feels odd but I’ll pretend to be a calligrapher.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? While sorting through long sealed boxes I’m grateful for the amount of things I’m tossing for good, literal weights lifted, and for reconnecting with some forgotten treasures. In this upcoming week I’m looking forward to being closer to New England. The actual process is a pain but, ever the optimist (really!), I’m hoping to close some chapters and get some new (hopefully better) ones.