In the Easy Chair with ... Kevin Sisson

In the Easy Chair with ... Kevin Sisson

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AGE: Old enough not to answer that question.

OCCUPATION: Westerly YMCA Reach & Rise Program director

RESIDENCE: Masons Island

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Iowa. Yes, it happens. I did it and lived to tell about it. It is a great place to grow up!

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Learning my new job, growing my first vegetable garden and helping my daughter get launched after college graduation.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: Picnics on the beach or on the water!

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Raising my two children.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Changing people’s lives.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Visiting Vietnam.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Ideas about fun things to do.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A war correspondent.

PERSON WHO INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My best friend, Nancy, who was 20 years older than I and held the wisdom of the ages. I had the privilege of her friendship for 30 years.

FAVORITE AUTHOR: E. B. White.

I AM READING: “The Underground Railroad,” a novel by Colson Whitehead.

I AM LISTENING TO: New Yorker podcasts and Van Morrison.

FAVORITE MOVIE OR LAST MOVIE WATCHED: “The Big Sick.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

FAVORITE PET: I have two small 15-year-old dogs, and a kitten named Edith.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Ice cream.

AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Too much.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty.

PET PEEVE: Self-involved people.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: “Drop your oars. There is nothing you want upriver.”

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The water and the wonderful people here.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My friends and children.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I embroider and knit baby sweaters to relax.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Get out of Washington, D.C.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Dream big and make them happen. The only thing holding you back is you.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Make life easier for everyone.

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

I DRIVE A: 2016 white Crosstrek Subaru

I WISH I DROVE A: I prefer to walk.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Ice cream.

IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Michelle Obama.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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