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Ardi Schneider in the easy chair. Photo courtesy of Scott Schneider

In the Easy Chair with ... Ardi Schneider


AGE 74.

OCCUPATION Retired art teacher, children’s book writer.

RESIDENCE Watch Hill.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF Distributing my latest book, “Salt Pond Sleuths: Heron Brothers Encourage Conservation,” and woking on a children’s activity book about Chief Ninigret in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the statue of Chief Ninigret located on the green at Watch Hill.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN Sotia, New York. My father was a New York State Trooper who began his career on horseback guarding President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s family in Hyde Park.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME Painting and writing books.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT Developing a second career after retiring.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR Being a good mother and a good friend.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST To return to Ireland.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET A handkerchief.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP A teacher.

PERSON OR EXPERIENCE THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST My mother, Ardith Morris (I became Ardi to avoid confusion). She was a math and science teacher but became a children’s librarian when I was in high school. I used to help her put up bulletin boards in the library, and that’s when my interest in children’s literature was sparked.

FAVORITE AUTHORS Elizabeth George and Louise Penny.

I AM READING “Me Before You,” by Jo Jo Moyes.

I AM LISTENING TO Bel Canto ... on my iPad.

FAVORITE MOVIE “Lincoln.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW Downton Abbey.

FAVORITE PETS My hummingbirds.

FAVORITE FOOD Butter pecan ice cream.

TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK Maybe 10 minutes once a week.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE Honesty.

PET PEEVE When people with full grocery carts use the “12 Items or Less” aisles.

FAVORITE QUOTATION “The more the merrier.”

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD Listening to the crash of the waves.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT My purse.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME I played the timpani drums in high school.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED The Golden Rule.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE Follow your passion with enthusiasm and hard work.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD Communicate with my constituents.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS First, portion out some of the winnings to my favorite charities and then take a family sailing trip to some agreed-upon islands.

I DRIVE A Blue 2012 Toyota Rav.

I WISH I DROVE A Blue 2012 Toyota Rav.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Yogurt.

IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE Sister Wendy Beckett. She is considered to be the world’s most respected art commentator.

— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro



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