WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
I am passionate about several things: Gun control, the environment and whales. The first one I feel totally inadequate to do anything about other than sign petitions and speak out when I can. The second, the environment, I have been able to do something in a small way. With a small group of friends we published the first Green Guide to Costa Rica which continues to do good by helping people choose how to live more sustainable lives, how to protect their environment and how leave the smallest footprint. And my third passion – whales – I have been over-awed by the company of whales since 1998 when I took my daughter to Maui to work on a whale research project. The following year I took my son on a similar project in Newfoundland, in the North Atlantic. Since then I have gone back to Newfoundland almost every year and recognize many whales who return to the same spot (outside my window) every year. To me communing with whales up close in their own environment is an extraordinary experience. I feel privileged to be in their presence.
HOW IMPORTANT ARE YOUR FRIENDS IN YOUR LIFE?
As a world traveller I am often not around to appreciate my friends enough. But I am fortunate to have friends that are happy to indulge my travels and forgive my absences. And, when I return to the fold, it is always as though I have never been away. These are true friends. And, yes, they do matter. Along with my children, they represent solidity and endurance.
WHAT DOES LOVE MEAN TO YOU?
Love is very hard to describe. Even when I am “in love” I am not really sure what that means. In truth I don’t think I’ve ever been “head over heels” in love with someone (other than teenage crushes!) where I have felt I simply cannot live without this person. My independent streak has unconsciously overtaken my emotions because I know how happy I am living alone. Yes, it is lovely to share life with someone you love, doing things you enjoy together, talking about your day and discussing your favourite topics. Love is definitely a beautiful state. I love my children. I love my grandchildren. But I also love my solitude, my peace and my tranquility and that only come with being single.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT SELF-PUBLISHING?
I think I can only answer that question after I’ve been fully through the experience. I can then compare it to being published and marketed by a regular publisher. One thing I can say it is far more work for the author publishing independently. The competition out there, now than anyone and everyone can write and publish a book, is intense. But I’m enjoying the process.
WHAT’S THE REASON FOR YOUR LIFE? HAVE YOU FIGURED OUT YOUR REASON FOR BEING HERE YET?
That’s a deep question – the age-old conundrum: Why are we here? What are we doing? What does it all mean? Even the greatest minds in our world cannot agree on this. And I certainly haven’t worked out the answer. I turn to the Monty Python team and their hilarious movie, “The Meaning of Life” So, rather than speculate on the many hypotheses put forward by philosophers, priests and people who think they know all the answers, I would prefer to watch “The Meaning of Life” and accept that no one has a clue why we are here and what we are doing.
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Genre – Politics, Espionage, Scandal
Rating – PG-16
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