By Caitlin Kelly
For those of you willing to play along…Here’s the last batch, from October 2017.
I’ll go first — and am curious to hear your answers!
The Met Opera House, Lincoln Center, New York
What are some of your passions, hobbies or interests?
I love fine antiques, (preferably 1850 or earlier), especially silver, porcelain and textiles, which I own and use. I love to cook and entertain. I read a lot, mostly journalism and non-fiction. Travel is my favorite activity, whether to a New York City park or museum or somewhere much further. Also mad for delicious and elegant fragrances, like those made by Hermès, L’Artisan Parfumeur, Byredo and Antonia Bellanca, whose scent Tiempe Passate, which I wore for a while, is almost impossible to find.
And movies! Whether in a theater or on Netflix or on television, I usually watch two or three every week — maybe because my father, who’s still alive and healthy at 89, was an award-winning film-maker; here’s his Wikipedia entry.
What were you known for in school?
Being in trouble and winning prizes for best-in-class academically and for writing.
A safari in Kenya when we were left alone in the dark by our guides, who drove off with the vehicles, light and guns — and we were surrounded by wild animals. A recent health issue.
As a reporter and feature writer for the Globe & Mail, Canada’s best national newspaper. It offered great adventures — from covering and meeting Queen Elizabeth to sailing aboard a Tall Ship.
Stuffed animals or dolls or…?
Wayyyy too many stuffed animals, some of whom still share space with us.
Do you have siblings? Are you close to them emotionally?
I have three half-siblings, a brother 10 years younger, one 23 years younger and a half-sister I haven’t met who’s about five years younger. None of us grew up together. It’s complicated.
Are you outdoors-y — or, as humorist Fran Lebowitz wrote, is the outdoors what you step through between the restaurant and the taxi?
Both? I grew up attending summer camps in northern Ontario, ages eight to 16, (three camps), which involved swimming in very cold water, portaging 65-pound wood and canvas canoes while being swarmed by mosquitoes and black flies and knowing how to build a fire. I love camping out, and even have a tent my husband bought me for a recent late-life birthday, but I admit to an equal affection (OK, much deeper) for room service and a dry hotel martini.
Are you married or partnered? If not, do you enjoy being single?
I’ve been with my second husband (both divorced) for 18 years. We’re very different sorts of people — he is very tidy and hyper-organized, not wild about spontaneity and adventure — but we share values and are both devoted career journalists who started our work for national outlets as college undergrads. No kids.
What’s your nickname?
Family nickname, Catti. A friend, with whom I served for years on a volunteer board (where I was willing to say what others were not), Little Thorn.
What would we typically find in your fridge?
Unsalted butter, half and half, lemons, limes, maple syrup, selzer, low-fat yogurt, fresh fruit and vegetables and far too many condiments. Canadian candy bars unavailable in the States.
Do you enjoy entertaining friends and family?
Love it! Maybe my favorite way to spend time at home.
Are you a highly social and outgoing person — or happier alone at home?
Both! I’ve always been gregarious, but enjoy quiet time on my own.
Most beautiful place you’ve visited?
Toss-up between Corsica, Ireland, Ko Phi Phi, (an island in Thailand) and the Grand Canyon.
To write and commercially publish more books. Just found a new agent eager to represent one of my ideas, so fingers crossed. I’d love to win a Canada Council grant — $20,000.
Have you achieved the goal(s) you set for yourself when younger/in university?
If so, what was it/were they?
I wanted to become a journalist and author, and have. I wanted to become a foreign correspondent and, in reporting as a Canadian in the U.S., have done this as well.
If not, are you OK with that?
Do you struggle with/manage a chronic medical condition?
Osteoarthritis. I have a replaced left hip (Feb. 2012) and my right knee is a mess. This now prevents me from running, jumping and other fun activities.
Do you follow a spiritual or religious tradition/faith?
Nominally Anglican/Episcopalian. Not a regular church-goer, but very fond of a good sermon and have many favorite hymns, like All Things Bright and Beautiful.
What makes you laugh loudest and most often?
My husband. Thank heaven.