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Who is your hero or heroine?

All of my friends who are openly gay. They each made the choice to be true to their inner selves, no matter the outward difficulties or consequences. That inspires me to do the same.

What one thing are you most afraid of?

Outliving my money. (Venus in my 2nd house.)

What do you do to relax or recalibrate?

Relax? What is that?

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Wasting my time. (Spoken like a true Capricorn Sun.)

What quality do you value most in other people?

Honesty, hands down.

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What’s your favorite time of day?

Just before and after sunset. The quality of quiet is such that I feel I can tune in, go inward and meditate.

What would you change about yourself?

I think right now my self-doubt. It’s the Libra in me. Always entertaining other thoughts and ideas. I won’t commit and land in a specific spot. It undermines my ability to show up and say what I think.

What’s the one guiding principle at the heart of the way you live?

I don’t have enough Sagittarius in my chart to answer that question.

What’s something you look forward to?

First thing that comes to me. Crawling into bed at night.

What’s your favorite place?

Currently? Florence, Italy. I like being there because it feels like a pilgrimage to beauty and that really speaks to me. My spiritual practice is making pilgrimages to sacred places.

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What’s your favorite book?

At this moment, it’s Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, about the friendship of two Sicilian women throughout their lives. It’s the deepest rendering I’ve ever encountered about the things that happen between two women.

What’s the one guiding principle at the heart of the way you live?

Something Carl Jung said. Life calls not for perfection but for completeness.

Where are you the happiest?

At home. Or in a bookstore or in a library.

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

. . . putting my ideas in front of a group of strangers. That movement of taking an idea or work I created and making it public leaves me vulnerable.

What is your guilty pleasure?

British murder mysteries!

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Describe an important turning point in your life.

Meeting Ram Dass and renewing an eternal friendship.

Your hero?

Gandhi

What makes you feel the most alive?

Life – all of it.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

People who whine and complain.

What’s your favorite book or movie?

Lawrence of Arabia and my ephemeris, although I really love the Mists of Avalon.

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Your favorite place?

Aphrodite’s Rock, Cyprus

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

Played on Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London stage as drummer for Barry Humphries (Australian comedian).

Describe an important turning point in your life.

The birth of my daughter. I was on my own, a single mother.

What’s one thing you did in the last 24 hours that irritated you?

Over-reacted to something quite out of my control any way.

Your favorite childhood memory?

Learning the difference between stars and planets from my father. I was about 9 . . . and it was a dark but clear night. It was magical.