In the Easy Chair with Jeanne Abate

In the Easy Chair with Jeanne Abate

AGE: Not nearly as young as I used to be, but old enough to receive a “Senior Discount” on Amtrak!

OCCUPATION:  Senior mortgage officer, Westerly Community Credit Union.

RESIDENCE: Westerly.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN:  Born at the Westerly Hospital, grew up in Hope Valley and moved to Westerly in my 20s.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Reading my Rotary Club’s (Chariho Rotary Club) financial reports, minutes and agenda for tonight’s board of director’s meeting. 

I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME:  At the gym (one or all of the three I belong to —ha!)  and also with my family. Oh, and a little shopping (in case I see something!).

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: My children, Jason and Mandi.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR:  My role as “mother” during my sibling’s childhood.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Travel to Tuscany (especially on a bike tour of the countryside).

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET:  Hair elastic (actually always on my wrist).


PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: Rachel McLish, a female bodybuilding champion.

FAVORITE AUTHOR: James Patterson.

BOOK ON MY NIGHT STAND: “Eden” by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, a fictional story about a family and their summer home in Watch Hill.

I AM LISTENING TO: “The Today Show.”

FAVORITE MOVIES: “Falling in Love,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Unfaithful” and “Dirty Dancing.” 

LAST MOVIE WATCHED: “Home Alone” … again!

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Golden Girls.”

FAVORITE SONG: John Mellencamp’s “Cherry Bomb” and Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September.”

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Chocolate and chicken piccata.


TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty and sincerity.

PET PEEVE:  Misspellings and grammatical errors.

FAVORITE QUOTATION:  Only I can change my life — no one can do it for me.  Do not take life too seriously — you’ll never get out of it alive.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD:  Watch Hill, especially The Ocean House, and our beautiful beaches.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My cellphone, communication … and also, my high heeled shoes.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME:  I have competed and placed in an all natural bodybuilding competition, several biathlons and century rides’ 100-mile bicycle tours.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: When you get knocked down, get up again.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Keep trying, hold on, and always believe in yourself.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD:  Make certain that everyone has a safe home and doesn’t go to bed hungry.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS:  Make certain my children and family are financially provided for and donate enough money to assist in the eradication of polio in the world.

I DRIVE A: Red 2013 Volkswagen Eos.

I WISH I DROVE A:  In the summer, a new red BMW Convertible.  In the winter, a 4WD vehicle (my Eos is terrible in the snow).

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Greek yogurt, cheese and broccoli — and perhaps a little wine!

IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Ellen DeGeneres … I love watching her show and listening to her wit!

Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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