1. What movie can you watch over and over and never tire?
Steel Magnolias. Every time I watch it, I know what is going to happen, but I still cry at the end. I love the “circle of life” of the movie hitting each season and holiday. I relate to the part where M’Lynn talks about Shelby’s death; “I was there when that wonderful creature drifted into my life, and I was there when she drifted out.” That’s how I felt when my daughter died. I was with her at her birth (obviously), and I was with her at her death.
2. Who is someone you only met once but they left a big impression on you?
The only one who comes to mind was a man I encountered when I was walking downtown. I’ve told this story so often, and it always makes me feel good when I do. He was an older dapper gentleman, and I was a young girl, about 18. We both stopped at the corner from the red light, and he looked over at me, so I smile. He tipped his hat and winked, and I was totally enchanted, just charmed by this simple gesture. Fifty years later I still am.
3. If you had to run away from everyone, where would you hide yourself?
The top floor of a high-rise condo with a door that is triple locked.
4. What is the worst topping to put on a pizza?
Pineapple.. no anchovies, yes, anchovies…. and pineapple.
5. What do you spend most of your time doing?
Readin’ and writin’… my first-grade teacher would be so proud. I was talking about this with my brother…. our mother died of Alzheimer’s at the age of 84. I can’t think of anything worse than losing your memories because you end up losing your identity too. My mother rarely read because she had difficulty in reading; she dropped out of high school in her junior year. The only thing she ever wrote was letters, and her letters were beautiful and elegant. We tried to get her to write her autobiography, but she insisted there was nothing to say. So I try to read and constantly write to keep my brain exercised. I also don’t drink or smoke, because I believe her smoking and drinking contributed to her dementia.
Bonus: If you could pick any animal to talk, which would it be?
An Orca Killer Whale. I grew up around these fantastic creatures. I had the opportunity to feed Namu and scratch his back with a rake. My brother swam with him, and I walked on Namu’s back. I felt an immediate connection with him. A gentle giant if ever there was one.