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Q: Where were you born and where were you brought up?
A: "I was born in Meriden, Conn., and I was raised in Cheshire, Conn."
Q: Do you have any siblings?
A: "No, I'm the only child. I was blessed with great parents."
Q: What was your childhood like?
A: "I lived in a neighborhood where I could ride a bike and walk and play in a safe community, interacting with kids my age."
Q: Was there anything you wanted to be when you grew up?
A: "An archaeologist."
Q: Where did you go to school?
A: "Cheshire High school. I have a degree in Political Science from Gettysburg College. Since graduating I have taken courses seminars, workshops and participated in group studies in various subjects, not with the intention of getting an additional degree, but with the purpose of expanding my horizons, enhancing my skills or better able to serve the people I work for and with. Courses have ranged from Metallurgy, Chinese, Screenwriting, Early Education, Neuro-Pysch studies, Sociology, Theology, Ukrainian Egg Painting, Judo, Christian Education, Creative Thinking, Sermon Writing, Early American History, Civil War Studies, Poetry Writing and Labor Relations, Ethics."
Q: Did you get into mischief or play pranks?
A: "On the whole, I'd say I was pretty good kid. I wasn't any trouble for parents or teachers. But I did break my best freind's leg. And I ended up with backlash from a mini-bike accident. And I got hit by a car in a phone booth after taking an "unauthorized" walk up a mountain. I was 13. And I was struck by lightning. Otherwise, I was a good kid."
Q: What have you had for jobs?
A: "My career has primarily been in Educational, Cultural and Spiritual Enrichment working for Church, Libraries, Schools and Cultural Organizations dedicated to enriching children, teen and adult lives. But, I have also sold steel, worked in human resources for a large industry, been a landscaper, an oyster shucker, worked in an ice cream parlor, been an emergency veterinary responder, and served on a municipal waste management tax district."
Q: What do you consider your relationship status to be?
A: "Married. My husband's name is Ed."
Q: Do you have any or want children?
A: "I do not have any children. I have a step-son and soon to have a step-daughter-in-law. A parent to none and a parent to all. I have a dog and a cat."
Q: Have you done much traveling?
A: "I've been to England, Austria, Germany and throughout most of the United States."
Q. What has been your biggest accomplishment?
A: "My work with children and and identifying their strengths and talents. I believe every child and every teenager has incredible gifts to share."
Q: Do you collect anything or have a hobby?
A: "I collect books. I do collect a whole lot of things. For hobbies, it's mostly outdoors, reading. I have a homemade broom collection, which my husband refers to, lovingly, as my transportation center. Lovingly is important."
Q: What subject do you wish you knew more about?
A: (A long pause)... "Probably chemistry."
Q: What is the one thing you would happily do over again?
A: "Almost everything. Every single job has been a learning experience, and everybody I've interacted with has been a positive experience. I've had a good life."
Q: What would you like people to know about you?
A: (Another, slightly longer pause)... "That's an interesting question. My unreached goal is to write a novel and have it published."
Q: If anyone could walk in right now, whom would you most like to see?
A: "Jane Austen, John Adams and Marcus Borg."
Q: What is the most challenging part of your day?
A: "When I encounter children or teenagers in deep emotional pain, then my job isn't to fix it but to be present."
Q: What scares you the most?
Q Have you ever met anyone famous or notorious?
A: "Of all the people I met, Christopher Reeve left the greatest impression. Working on a gas dock assisting boat owners, I was helping a man that looked like Superman fix the outboard engine on his dingy. He was using the wrong oil/gas ratio. We shook hands, he thanked me, introducing himself as Chris Reeve. This was prior to the horseback accident that resulted in him being a paraplegic. Later my husband and I were able to observe Chris and his wife Dana grow together with grace, dignity and strength as they learned to deal with Christopher's damaged body. His book, "Still Me" captured the essence of a message that I try to remember every day: The body we see does not reflect who the person is inside. Chris was still Chris."
Q: What was the best memory this interview brought back?
A: "I was remembering vacations on Cape Cod by the seashore as a child."