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(from the back page of Vanity Fair magazine)

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being with my children and grandchildren anywhere in the world

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


What is the trait you most deplore in others?


What is your greatest extravagance?


What is your current state of mind?

Comfortably numb

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


On what occasion do you lie?

When the truth would hurt someone else

What do you dislike about your appearance?

The lack of color

What is the quality you most like in a man?

His feminine side

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Her feminine side

Which living person do you most admire?

Barack Obama

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Shoulda, woulda, coulda

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My children and grandchildren

When and where were you happiest?

Recently, in Orlando with my chidren and grandchildren

Which talent would you most like to have?

Play a musical instrument really well, either a guitar or violin, or both

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My age...life is going too fast

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Bouncing back

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

Some very wealthy person's pet

Where would you like to live?

Washington DC

What is your most treasured possession?

My sister's diamond necklace

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Watching a loved one die of cancer, followed closed by Alzheimer's disease, either having it or loving someone who has it

What is your most marked characteristic?

My optimism

Who are your favorite writers?

Most anything by Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Mendelsohn, Christopher Hitchens, Zadie Smith, Maureen Dowd, Anythony Lane, Jim Lehrer, Jonathan Safran Foer, Bob Woodward, PJ O'Rourke, Tom Wolfe, Ellen Goodman, David Foster Wallace, Christopher Buckley and many more too numerous to name

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Aurora Greenway in Terms of Endearment: "It's past ten. My daughter is in pain. I don't understand why she has to have this pain. All she has to do is hold out until ten, and IT'S PAST TEN! My daughter is in pain, can't you understand that! GIVE MY DAUGHTER THE SHOT!"

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Rosa Parks

Who are you heroes in real life?

Police Officers, Fire Fighters and my sister Sherry

What is your greatest regret?

That I didn't put 2 & 2 together when my sister Sherry first started having symptoms and insisted that she go to the doctor

How would you like to die?

Quick and painless, and not alone

What is your motto?

Everything everywhere is all right already.

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