In the Easy Chair with ... Sharon Perkins

In the Easy Chair with ... Sharon Perkins

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AGE: 70.

OCCUPATION: Department chair of the Allied Health Program at the Community College of Rhode Island.

RESIDENCE: Shelter Harbor.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Pawtucket.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: A huge curriculum revision for the radiography department at CCRI.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: With my children and grandchildren.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Definitely, my children ...and their accomplishments. Although their accomplishments certainly aren’t mine.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being a teacher who taught my students more than the facts.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: To take my grandchildren on a trip to Washington, D.C.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Post-its.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: Always a teacher.

PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My father, the late Frank Knowles.

FAVORITE AUTHOR: Jane Austen.

I AM READING: “Better,” by Atul Gawande.

I AM LISTENING TO: Old CDs by musicians like the Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel and Peter, Paul and Mary. Since I have a long ride every day I get to listen to a lot of music.

FAVORITE MOVIE: “Leap Year.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “M*A*S*H.”

FAVORITE PET: Dalmatians, with their clownish coats and big, faithful hearts. We have had lots of Dalmatians.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: French fries.

TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: None. I do text.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Kindness.

PET PEEVE: I have two: poor grammar used by public speakers and cellphones.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: “It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.”

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The sound of the ocean at night. The night sky is a close second.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Coffee.

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT ME: Even though my work centers around science and the medical field, I was an English major. I was named after a man; my father’s Brown University English professor, Sharon Brown.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Was from my father, and it was a form of one of Shakespeare’s famous lines from “Hamlet” — “This above all: to thine own self be true.” Simply said: “Be Yourself.”

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” and “there are no mistakes, only lessons.”

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: See to the education of all our people. There would be no need for charter schools because all schools would be charter schools where students would wear uniforms and all have music lessons.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Go solar.

I DRIVE A: 2011 fire engine red Toyota Rav 4.

I WISH I DROVE A: Toyota Solara.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Guinness.

IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Mark Twain. His wit and wisdom is amazing. I think he is a quintessentially American author.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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