I’m a creative gal living and working in Texas. I’m also the mother of one very brilliant male child (naturally, I’m biased); an owner of four dear cats (my ABSOLUTE limit); a cultivator of gardens; a procrastinator; an on and off nail biter, currently off; an avid film fan; and a sometimes chef.
I’m a corporate American during the week, more accurately a marketing propagandist. On weekends, I’m any number of things. I have a Master of Humanities in Literature and have instructed college freshmen in the art of writing. Before I acquired a Master of Arts degree (with a specialty in literature) from The University of Texas, I snared a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the same institution.
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My favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Gustav Klimt, Joan Miro, Vincent Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Hopper, and David Hockney.
I have many favorite authors; a partial list includes: Jane Austen, Graham Greene, Herman Melville, the Bronte sisters, Michel Faber, George Orwell, Paulo Coehlo, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and George R.R. Martin. I have a very strong preference for British literature, and recently I’ve discovered that I fancy crime mysteries written by Swedish authors.
Classical music that moves me to tears includes Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Symphony #9. I also enjoy the work of Saint-Saens. I like a variety of contemporary musical artists. Lately, I’ve been listening to musical productions (I like the Broadway channel on Sirius radio). I’m also really fond of Big Band music!
I prefer British films to American films. British TV programs are better too. I’d be lost without BBC America and PBS. I like British actors. For the most part, they are classically trained, and I think that makes a difference. I also think British TV and film scriptwriters develop more intellectually stimulating stories; and for heaven’s sake, the Brits have Clive Owen, Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Craig, Michael Caine, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Peter O’Toole, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Helen Mirren, Sean Connery, Alan Rickman, Jude Law, and Kate Winslet, to name just a few fine actors calling the British Isles home.
Dislikes: food cooked in margarine; reality TV (please make it go away); public restrooms; fire ants; days with temps of 100-degrees or more (I should not live in Texas); discourteous behavior; panhandlers and door-to-door sales people; extremists (every country has “flavors” of extremism).