AGE ... 47.
OCCUPATION ... Ashtanga Yoga instructor owner of Ashtanga Yoga Rhode Island, graphic artist/web designer/videographer.
RESIDENCE ... Westerly.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF ... Learning Maya 3D software and Action Script 3 programming and rewiring my little sister’s new old house.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN ... Westerly.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME ... On the beach, practicing Ashtanga yoga, doing graphic and video work, playing guitar, recording sounds of nature (crickets, wind, waves and storms,) but most of all, being at my mom’s for the big Italian meal she cooks every Sunday and hanging out with the family. Lots of great food, espresso and laughter.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS ... Keeping Ashtanga Yoga studio going for almost 10 years, completely rewiring my parents’ old house, and taking swim lessons as an adult.
WHAT I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ... Being compassionate and genuine and influencing people in a positive way so they’ll do the same.
ON MY BUCKET LIST ... To play guitar on stage with a band, ride a motorcycle on a race track and travel to Tornado Alley to record video of tornadoes.
TRAITS I MOST ADMIRE ... A good sense of humor and the ability to not take oneself — or life — too seriously; genuine honesty without attempts to be politically correct.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD ... The beaches.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET ... Hand sanitizer, Kleenex, pocket light, pocket knife, guitar pick.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP ... Spider Man, then a scientist, then an electronics technician.
PEOPLE WHO INFLUENCED ME THE MOST ... My parents, Domenico and Clorinda, and my siblings, Rose and Frank.
FAVORITE AUTHOR ... Richard Rhodes.
LAST BOOK READ ... “Black Holes and Time Warps — Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy,” by Kip S. Thorne.
FAVORITE SONG ... “Voodoo Child,” by Jimi Hendrix.
FAVORITE MOVIES ... Woody Allen’s “Love & Death,” and “So I Married an Axe Murderer,” a comedy by Mike Myers.
FAVORITE TV SHOWS ... “Madmen,” “Cheers;” “Archer,” and “The Three Stooges.”
FAVORITE PET ... Cats. DomCat’s my good buddy who appreciates my being up late at night for play time.
FAVORITE MEAL ... My mom’s lasagna.
AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK ... 5 to 10 minutes, some days not at all.
PET PEEVE ... Posers: when people preach one thing but do another; when people don’t use blinkers and when people have strong opinions on issues they’re not educated about.
FAVORITE QUOTATION ... If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT ... My Dell Precision M6800 mobile workstation laptop.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME ... I’m kind of a science geek. I have many hobbies and interests; some you wouldn’t expect a yoga teacher to have.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED ... “Keep your head down and plow your own field. Don’t compare yourself to others or worry about what they’re doing,” from my Tai Chi martial arts teacher Dr. Yang, Jwing-Miing.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE ... Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t capable of doing something you put your mind to.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD ... I would try to take care of the world’s energy issues with a practical, sound solution without being swayed or influenced by politics.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS ... Make sure my parents live comfortably.
I DRIVE A ... 2008 silver Honda Element.
I WISH I DROVE AN ... MV Agusta motorcycle.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE ... Rice milk.
IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE ... Eric Clapton.
— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro
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