In the Easy Chair with Ann Snowden Johnson

In the Easy Chair with Ann Snowden Johnson



AGE: 55.

OCCUPATION: President, Watch Hill Lighthouse Keepers Association and history teacher,  Grades 7 and 8

RESIDENCE: Westerly

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Watch Hill and New York City.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF:  Overseeing the running of the lighthouse for the summer season and extending our gratitude for the incredible show of community support at our recent spectacular benefit evening co-hosted with The Watch Hill Conservancy. 

I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Going on long runs throughout Westerly and Watch Hill.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Overseeing the successful restoration of the Lighthouse property after the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 — and raising two amazing daughters!

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Heightening the awareness of the significance of the Watch Hill Light to the historical development of Westerly and expanding its educational reach.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Taking my husband on an extended trip throughout Italy.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET:  My phone, I must admit!

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP:   A teachero

PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST:  My high school American History teacher and my college thesis advisor — both incredibly insightful women who made me want to be in the classroom, too, and who led me to fall in love with historical research.

FAVORITE AUTHOR: Jonathan Kellerman: His psychological mystery thrillers provide excellent escape!

BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: “God, War and Providence,” a history of early Rhode Island by James A. Warren, and “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” by Caroline Fraser.            

I AM LISTENING TO:  U2

FAVORITE MOVIE: “The Sound of Music,” too many times to count!

FAVORITE TV SHOW:  “House Hunters.” Somewhat addicting, I confess…

FAVORITE SONG:  “Where the Streets Have No Name,” by U2.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD:  Chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream.

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook. That’s it!

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Loyalty.

PET PEEVE: When things are done behind one’s back.  

FAVORITE QUOTATION:  “The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient... Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith…” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh, “Gift from the Sea.”

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The Watch Hill Lighthouse, of course! And East Beach and Napatree Point in the winter. Stunning!

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My family, my friends and my faith.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME:  I am the eldest in a family of many sisters!

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: To TRUST that things really do work out in the end.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE:  To my girls, the same: to simply TRUST.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD:  Work to ensure the passage and protection of laws providing equal civil and human rights to all people.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS:  Establish a foundation to support further research into skin cancer, which has affected my family.

I DRIVE A: Silver-gray 2014 Nissan Rogue.

I WISH I DROVE A:  A convertible of some kind or another!

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Chobani yogurt and milk.

IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE:  Roger Williams, Ninigret, sachem of the Niantic and Narragansett tribes, and Jonathan Nash, our first lighthouse keeper.  I would love to hear from these three men about our community in its earliest historical periods.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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