The Proust Questionnaire

Courtesy of Divina Grey

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1.) What is your perfect idea of happiness?

Happiness is fleeting. It comes in droplets. I am happy sitting and snuggling my grandchildren. I’m happy on my mat or cushion practicing. I’m happy in the company of my friends & loved ones. I live in Joy — happiness is a by-product.

2.) What’s your greatest fear?

Fear and anxiety are a waste of a perfectly good imagination.

“What’s comin’ will come and we’ll meet it when it does.” — Hagrid.

Having said that — I’m not fond of tight spaces — particularly in relationships. ;)

3.) What is your current statement of mind?

Peaceful. Even though I have to go back to reality from Thanksgiving break in about 30 minutes.

4.) On what occasion do you lie?

Everyone lies. I have an excellent poker face — because I am a nurse and keeping calm for patients & families in dire situations and letting the Doc break the bad news is part of the J.O.B. Yes, I know exactly what your prognosis is — but I cannot be the one to explain it to you first. But I will be there to help translate what the MD just told you into reality. So yes. I lie. I am in truth A Professional Liar.

5.) What is the quality you like most in a man?

A sense of humor and his physical ability to reside in another state.

6.) What do you most value in your friends?


8.) Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Every fucking four-letter word out there. Except when I’m with my granddaughters. Then my daughter tells me I overuse the word ‘Yes’.

9.) Where would you most like to live?

In my daughter’s neighborhood, about 2 blocks away from my grandchildren.

10.) What is your favorite occupation?

Human who eats ice cream and drinks tequila without gaining weight.

10.) Who are your favorite writers?

I love Charlaine Harris of True Blood fame. JRR Tolkein & JK Rowling. AND THEN…Pema Chodron, Sharon Salzberg, Tosha Silver — If I’m not trying to answer The Big Questions — I’m hiding out in another realm.

I’ve read books published by my friends here on Medium as well — Jeff Barton, Danny R. Smith, & Jack Preston King have some great stuff out if you’re looking for Christmas gifts. Just sayin’. But then — good booze also makes a nice gift too. :)

I follow about 80 writers here on Medium. If I follow you — you know it. I keep my list small so I can read the stuff everyone writes. I try to read every day and I interact with the writers I enjoy. — Lucky Them!

11.) You have volunteered to spend a year in an unpaid internship. What are you doing, and who are you working with?

I am saying ‘No’ as the complete sentence it is. I feel unpaid internships are corporate America’s way of exploiting young workers who need experience in our jacked up society. There is no reason not to pay a Human to work. EVER. I did my time as a student nurse. It’s slave labor and I believe there is a constitutional amendment prohibiting that. Someone works — even to get experience in a field — they should get paid. Apprentices got paid to learn. We should pay ‘interns’ as well. Shit — even interns who eventually become doctors get paid a little bit.

I am incapable of not answering these things. I simply love them. Ask anyone who ever tagged me in those FB quizzes. I am ‘most likely to respond’ — always.

Have a great Monday guys! Welcome back to reality!


Self discovery in progress, stay tuned

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