In the Easy Chair with Barbara Clark-Greene

In the Easy Chair with Barbara Clark-Greene

AGE:Old enough to know better than to answer this question

OCCUPATION:Retired librarian.

RESIDENCE: Westerly.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN:Born in Portsmouth, Va. My father was in the Navy so I was raised in four different states, but I grew up in Mystic from the age of 7 on.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Helping with the Westerly Library’s Friends book sale and trying to choose more books for the fiction book club I moderate at Savoy Bookshop.

I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Reading, traveling and socializing with friends and family.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Helping to raise two wonderful sons, and my long career in libraries.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: My sharp wit and the novel I haven't written yet.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST:Travel and more travel, especially a trip to Scotland to explore my ancestry.


WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP:  An archaeologist, an English teacher or a librarian.

PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST:  My parents and my sisters.

FAVORITE AUTHOR:  I can’t pick just one because I love so many writers.

BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: “Iron Gold,” by Pierce Brown, “Mudbound,” by Hillary Jordan.    

I AM LISTENING TO:  Blues, rock, pop.

FAVORITE MOVIE: A tie between “Gone with the Wind,” and “Practical Magic.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Game of Thrones.”

FAVORITE SONG: “You Can't Always Get What You Want” – Rolling Stones



TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Intelligence coupled with kindness.

PET PEEVE:   Rudeness and stupidity.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: Do not go gentle into that good night.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The beaches, the park and the library.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:  Family, friends and books

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I hosted a TV talk show for the Groton Public Library.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Work hard, play hard.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE:  Retire early — life is too short.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Make the perfect world by eradicating war, poverty and hunger.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: First, throw a blowout party then take care of my family financially and give to charities and causes I value.

I DRIVE A: Reflex blue 2016 Mazda Miata

I WISH I DROVE A: Classic Triumph Spitfire, but I really love my Miata


IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare, Anne Boleyn, Zelda Fitzgerald and all my family and friends who would appreciate these guests from the past.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro



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