AGE 62. I can get a discount at the movies now.
OCCUPATION I work with the Weekapaug Chapel as chaplain, I’m a member of the clergy, a mental health counselor, and president of Westerly College Club until 2015.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN Englewood, N. J., and Weekapaug.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME Enjoying life with my family, friends and the animals I know. Reading and quilting are my hobbies. I love to swim and go out in my kayak Dreamboat.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT Becoming ordained as a minister and teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) 35 years ago on Oct. 29, 1978; and graduating in 2007 with a Master of Arts degree and certificate of graduate studies from Salve Regina University.
WHAT I HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR Leading worship and teaching the word of God. I hope my kids remember me as a loving mom.
TOP ITEM ON MY BUCKET LIST To kick the bucket back to where it belongs.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET Not my keys.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP An oceanographer.
PERSON OR EXPERIENCE THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST I had an experience in church one Sunday when I realized I was not alone in this world; that Jesus was so near, I could feel his love. That experience motivated the rest of my life. My parents, who loved me and supported my choice of career, were my biggest influence for life.
FAVORITE AUTHOR I enjoy the work of Frederick Buechner, who has written about biblical characters (“Peculiar Treasures”) and church doctrine (“The Alphabet of Grace”) in engaging ways. He also has written a few novels, one called “Godric,” in which he creates a wonderful story about a 12th-century monk’s moral struggles with evil, and it’s funny.
LAST BOOK READ “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman.
FAVORITE SONG A sung benediction called “May the Lord,” and “The Blizzard” by Judy Collins.
FAVORITE MOVIE Either “The Sound of Music” or “The Wizard of Oz.” “Ben-Hur” is the most memorable.
FAVORITE TV SHOW The Weather Channel.
FAVORITE PET Dutch, the apricot poodle.
FAVORITE FOOD My homemade chicken soup.
AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK Almost none. It is how I learn stuff about my kids’ lives.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE Reliability.
PET PEEVE Realizing “I am the problem.”
FAVORITE QUOTATION “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.” — John 7:38b
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD The beauty that water creates in the ocean and estuaries, swamps and rivers; as well as the power of water to change lives and the things we think are permanent structures.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Breathing. My spirit cannot live without faith in Jesus.
LITTLE-KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME In 1991, I won a grand champion ribbon in sewing at the 75th Grand County, Colo., Country Fair and Rodeo. It was a dress I had made for my daughter.
BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED “This above all, to thine own self be true …” and all of Polonius’ advice to Laertes from “Hamlet” I3, which also includes “Neither a borrower nor lender be …” My father would quote whole speeches from Shakespeare.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE That “inspiration” means “breathing in.” I like to remind people to experience what it feels like to focus on the breath going in and out of the body.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD Set up a constitution and democracy, a popular election by majority with term limitations, require a balanced budget without debt, and blood-alcohol testers in every vehicle. Then I would resign and live in a place where I did not have to drive.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS Say it was a miracle, because I don’t buy lottery tickets! I feel as though I won the life lottery by having intelligence and abilities, and a great, loving family.
I DRIVE A 2012 black Toyota Prius V.
I WISH I DROVE A submersible RV.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Low-sodium organic soup stock.
IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD, I WOULD CHOOSE Bob Dylan. His lyrics and music shaped my life and the way I think about power — the power a person has when they’re given the gift to sing and speak in ways that spark imagination. He gave us words and a vision that could change the world — “I will not go down under the ground when somebody tells me that death’s coming ’round.”
— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro
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