Here are some quick facts.
Yes, for 36 years.
Two adult children.
Older than you – and maybe your grandmother.
In the summer of 2011, I moved from Washington DC to Brooklyn, New York. I liked DC a lot. But New York is more exciting. I guess an interesting thing about me is that I’ve lived in cities all over. I grew up in Philly, and as an adult I’ve lived in Boston, DC, and Oakland, California.
- The NY subway. I am a huge fan. You see so many different kinds of people. For a short time, they’re all sharing the same small space, but they’re all going someplace different. It’s great inspiration for a writer. I look at the riders and try to imagine their personalities and their lives, their struggles and dreams. It’s like 30 or 40 stories, all riding around together. Amazing.
- Street art. I know graffiti gets a bad rap, and sometimes the message can be ugly and insulting. But it can also be beautiful, fun and interesting. I like the idea of public art in unexpected places. On the other hand, if it were my wall someone was painting, I’d probably feel differently.
- Nature. Even though I love the city, I also really like hiking and camping. This is something my husband and I do together. Nature is kind of like church for me. It calms me and helps me put my life in perspective. I think wild places are more important to people than they realize.
What about sports?
I like to watch basketball and track and downhill skiing. I love seeing people put out so much effort and use their bodies so hard. I was never an athlete until I turned 50. That’s when I learned how to row and joined a team and competed and even won a few medals. BTW, I don’t know why it is, but rowing teams practice really early. So, for 10 years, I was awake at 6:00 every morning and rowing on the Potomac River in DC when the sun came up. (See? I am older than your grandmother.)
Things I’m proud of?
- My kids. They turned out pretty well. They’re kind and smart, and they do useful work.
- My husband. He’s a good guy and knows how to make me laugh. He gives me a lot of support in my writing which I really appreciate because sometimes it means he has to make dinner.
- My career. I’ve been a teacher for most of my life. In fact, I’ve taught at every level from pre-school through college. Middle school is the hardest. It’s a tough stage in life. Kids this age have so many things to figure out about themselves and the world and where they’re supposed to fit in.
- Nowhere to Run. It turned out pretty well too.