Interview given for the “In The Easy Chair” feature of the Westerly Sun.
Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro | December 12, 2010
OCCUPATION: Freelance Writer/poet, Partner at Hiraeth Press, Associate Editor of Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics
BORN AND RAISED: Mystic, CT
FAVORITE WAT TO SPEND MY TIME: In the “creative flow” when, after a long time of building thoughts, the gathering story is born.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Oak Wise and Ruminations at Twilight
WHAT I HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: the idealistic intentions that compelled me to share my work, my spiritual views and my moral stands.
AIM TO DO BEFORE I DIE: Find my place of belonging
BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED: “Follow your heart, without regard for consequence.” – My mother.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: An Animator at Disney
FAVORITE BOOK: Anything by Rainer Rilke or Herman Hesse.
LAST BOOK READ: The Spiral of Memory and belonging by Frank MacEowen
FAVORITE SONG: I like the folksingers of the 1960’s. Also Ray Lamontagne and Sarah McLaughlin
FAVORITE MOVIE: We should be able to list more than one. My moods vary. Three I always come back to are: 84 Charring Cross Road, The Interpreter and Finding Neverland.
FAVORITE PET: Ever since reading White Fang as a child I wanted an Alaskan Malamute but first I need the land for him/her to run free on.
FAVORTITE FOOD: I eat seasonally. Autumn foods are my favorite: homemade fruit pies, baked squash and not apple cider.
FAVORITE ARTICLE OF CLOTHING: I have this old canvas LL Bean field coat I wear when the weather gets cold. There is something about the feel of an old worn-in coat that is comforting to me.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Patience
PET PEEVE: People who don’t appreciate what they have.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “I bequeathe myself to the dirt, to grow from the grass I love; If you want me again, look for me under your boot-soles.” – [Walt Whitman / Leaves of Grass]
BEST KEPT SECRET ABOUT OUR NECK OF THE WOODS: The quiet places like under the Beech trees at Wilcox park or the benches at the Mystic River park.
CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT: Time to myself to sit and ponder, a blank journal and a heavy pen.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I am dyslexic. Which requires me to put in more effort when writing and seeing to my duties as an editor.
I ALWAYS TELL MY CHILDREN OR YOUNG PEOPLE I INFLUENCE: Learn how to write and express yourself well, it is an ability that you will need no matter what you decide to do in life.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: To start, I would halt all oil production, install public transportation powered by other means and give everyone a pair of good hiking boots.
IF I WON THE LOTTO FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Travel for a year throughout the UK, then come home and buy a couple hundred acres in a quiet little New England village to build a cabin on.
I DRIVE A: Never owned a car or even tried for my license; driving never appealed to me. I walk in a pair of broken in leather field boots I bought a few years back.
I WOULD GIVE MY LIFE FOR: My family.
IF I COULD BRING BACK ONE PERSON FROM THE DEAD, I WOULD BRING BACK: Rainer Maria Rilke, I identify with his poetry and would love to have a cup of tea and a long conversation with him.
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