Interests/Hobbies – I collect books, fabric (especially Asian prints), and journals. I love to read – especially nonfiction and I love, love, love to shop. I like to go to used bookstores and get lost, and I golf, although poorly. I am interested in Asian cultures, and dabble in learning about Buddhism.
Favorite Music – I listen to music based upon my mood, however, I never listen to Country & Western or Rap. I would have to say that Aerosmith is my favorite classic rock band, although I have seen The Tubes live, in concert 4 or 5 times. On Pandora my playlist includes Green Day, Il Divo, IZ, John Legend, John Lennon, Lou Reed, Pavarotti, Flogging Molly, Matisyahu and Mishka, Al Green, Soundgarden, Vivaldi, and Tom Petty — just to recall a few. At work, I most frequently listen to Chinese Traditional music or meditation type music, but on Friday I’ll listen to something far less calming!
Favorite TV shows – I don’t really have a favorite TV show, but I will watch series shows with my husband — shows like Sons of Anarchy, Ray Donovan, Breaking Bad, Shameless, American Horror Story, Penny Dreadful, The Voice, and cooking shows like Hells Kitchen, Master Chef, Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, and Cutthroat Kitchen.
Favorite Movies — Dead Poet’s Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, Goodwill Hunting, Patch Adams, (anything Robin Williams, really), Mr. Holland’s Opus, Finding Forester, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Lover, Forrest Gump, A Beautiful Mind, The Incredible Mr. Limpet, White Christmas, and anything Johnny Depp!
Favorite Books — Catfish and Mandala by Andrew X. Pham, The Sum of Our Days by Isabel Allende, My Lobotomy by Howard Dully, Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood, Patrimony by Phillip Roth and The Naked Eye by Yoko Tawada. There are soooo many more……
Favorite Quotations —
“The formula of my happiness: a Yes, a No, a straight line, a goal” From Twilight of the Idols by Friedrich Nietzsche
“In reading, one should notice and fondle details” Vladimir Nabokov
“The three facets of the great writer — magic, story, lesson — are prone to blend in one impression of unified and unique radiance, since the magic of art may be present in the very bones of the story, in the very marrow of thought.” Vladimir Nabokov
"If you listen to the voices of youth, the story you'll piece together reveals a hodgepodge of opportunities and challenges." Danah Boyd