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.
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, Moonlight, Moonstruck, Succession, Orange Is the New Black, 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 way too 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) (RIP 2017) and Ryman (RIP 20190 were deluxe animals as well.
Favorite foreign language: Italiano!
First impressions of Venice, Italy: Bells, birds, footsteps.
Most surprising travel/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!
Show me a hero: Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama
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.
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