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ALTER EGOS

Sign: Sagittarius. Cancer rising, Virgo moon. Born the year of the sheep/goat.

Hair color: Still (miraculously) mostly brown and curly.

Eyes: Green with yellow rings, like a moon of Saturn.

Height: 5’4”, the American female average.

Pen name: Nora O'Floinn.

Thai nickname: Jan Pen, the full moon.

Six-word memoir: Teetered on the precipice then jumped.

Music: Mozart and the Italians. Old jazz—viva New Orleans! The Hamilton soundtrack. alt.country, Aimee Mann, Bruce, Neil, U2. And who could forget, 1980s disco?

Favorite DJ: Bob Dylan on Theme Time Radio Hour on satellite radio.

Favorite movie director: Jim Jarmusch. .

Movies/television worth watching more than once: Absolutely Fabulous, American Beauty, Moonstruck, Breaking Bad, Selma, and, of course, The Big Lebowski.

Best book it took me far too long to get around to reading: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.

Platform: All Mac all the time since 1984.

Font: A good old-fashioned serif: Garamond or Goudy Old Style or Baskerville any day.

Currently on my writing desk: Two pale blue inkwells holding red zinnias. The Buddha. Three painted cats from Oaxaca, Mexico. A pile of stones from a beach in Jacmel, Haiti. A feathered quill pen bought in the Marais in Paris, France.

Guilty pleasure: Velveeta dip co-mingled with salsa, scooped up with corn chips.

Little known personal fact: I've never worn a watch. Actually, for a brief while back in the early 1970s, I had an open-face Accutron-the one you could see inside-a gift from my high school love. I broke it or lost it or gave it back to him. But did, indeed, wear it for a bit.

What many of my friends have in common: They are southpaws.

Best job so far: Trattoria waitress.

Best cat so far: Blue-eyed Balthazar, 1 April 1988 to 18 May 2006. Although, Ping(uino) and Ryman are deluxe animals as well.

Favorite foreign language: Italiano!

First impressions of Venice, Italy: Bells, birds, footsteps.

Most surprising vacation: Selma, Alabama.

Favorite mass transit: The crazy, colorful tap-taps of Haiti!

Favorite parade personality: The Human Kielbasa in the Plymouth, Pennsylvania, August 2006 and (with a new look and horseradish sidekick) August 2007 Kielbasa Festival parades.

In a past life: Art colony bohemian.

In the life before that: Irish peasant.

Even further back: What the hell, Cleopatra!

Politics: Still independent after all these years. With two brief Democratic flirtations to cast primary votes for the lovely Dennis Kucinich and Barack Obama.

If I ran the world: John Lennon's Imagine the playbook.

The Oregon rain: Mostly interesting until the driveway slumps. Or, in the case of city life, tree branches fall onto the roof.

Dansko clog slut since: 1996.

Online since: 1984. Eek. Scary. Dates me.

Fortune cookie fortune: Your dreams are never silly; depend on them to guide you.

blogs

Apostrophe

Stream of Consciousness

sites

Academy of American Poets

Brainpickings

Chicago Manual of Style

Guernica

Mountain Writers

Paris Review Interviews

PEN American Writers

Poetry Daily

Poetry Foundation

Poets & Writers

Portland Arts & Lectures

Powells Books

The Root

US Slave Blog

The Writer’s Almanac

Writers on the Net

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