In the Easy Chair with ... Rev. Jessica Sommar

In the Easy Chair with ... Rev. Jessica Sommar

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AGE: 59 almost 60.

OCCUPATION: Clinical chaplain and pastoral counselor, chaplain manager and director of spiritual care at Yale New Haven Lawrence Memorial and Westerly Hospitals.

RESIDENCE: Pawcatuck.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: On the East Coast.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: My doctoral dissertation.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: Slow walking in the woods.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Living one day at a time.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being loving and being loved.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Big Sur, California.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Angels.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A doctor of medicine.

PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My Aunt Jeane Moore (1931-2011): polio survivor, mother, artist, teacher and spiritual adventurer.

FAVORITE AUTHOR: Mark Nepo, poet and philosopher.

I AM READING: “Illness as Metaphor,” by Susan Sontag.

I AM LISTENING TO: “The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works,” by Shinzen Young.

FAVORITE MOVIE: “Out of Africa.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Elementary.”

FAVORITE PET: The birds at my bird feeder.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Home-popped popcorn mixed with potato chips.

AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: One hour a day.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Sincerity.

PET PEEVE: Insincerity.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Westerly Friends Meeting House.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Silence.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I was a journalist on Wall Street for nearly 20 years.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: “Have faith in yourself.”

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: “Have faith in yourself.”

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Establish kindness as our guiding principal in law, religion, politics, entertainment, economics, employment, the food industry and medicine.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Buy land in the nearby woods and build a cabin.

I DRIVE A: 2010 dark gray Chevy Impala LT.

I WISH I DROVE A: Dark green 2017 Honda CRV.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Kimchi.

IF I COULD INVITE A SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE:

My mother, Barbara J. Curry (1934-2014).

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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