Anne does Proust

Anne Granato – the owner of Anne Granato Photography – here answers Proust questionnaire and proclaims her love for Springsteen. 

Your most marked characteristic? my laugh (and my hair, when it’s curly) 

The quality you most like in a man? clever, boyish sense of humor, and confidence, not arrogance

The quality you most like in a woman? being warm, down to earth and relatable

What do you most value in your friends? being supportive, honest, non-judgemental, good listeners and love to laugh

What is your principle defect? procrastination and that I’m far too self-conscious

What is your favorite occupation? being a mom (fyi… it’s also the hardest and longest running job I’ve ever had)

What is your dream of happiness? to be stress-free (perhaps living on a beach), surrounded by everyone I love, and being able to do all the things that I love

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes? letting your fears or hang-ups hold you back from growing

What would you like to be? a back-up singer for Springsteen would work :-)

In what country would you like to live? Right here in the U.S. (and maybe Italy for the fabulous food, wine, art, architecture and slower pace)

What is your favorite color? It changes, but right now it’s silvery blue

What is your favorite flower? Lilacs and lily of the valley

What is your favorite bird? Sandpiper (because when I see them, it means I’m at the beach ;-) )

Who are your favorite prose writers? I’m a fan of historical fiction and am currently liking Sarah Dunant. I also love laughing out loud while reading Chelsea Handler’s books, too. :-)

Who are your favorite poets? Bruce Springsteen, Sting (music is my favorite poetry)

Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Rhett Butler (charming, strong, funny, tender, flawed and didn’t give a damn)

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction? Scarlet O’Hara, Skeeter Phelan, Junie B Jones (I know, this seems like a crazy bunch, right? But, despite not wielding bows & arrows or kick-boxing in stilettos, they are all feisty, smart, determined, female characters who persevered, in spite of their faults and in spite of the world around them.)

Who are your favorite composers? hard to narrow down. My musical taste is pretty eclectic.

Who are your favorite painters? too many to mention…again, a pretty eclectic mix

Who are your heroes in real life? my parents and my husband

Who are your favorite heroines of history? Jackie Kennedy (classy, strong, loved her kids and reinvented herself more than once)

What are your favorite names? Tommy and Kaitlyn

What is it you most dislike? ignorance, phoniness and pretentiousness

What historical figures do you most despise? any person that has perpetuated hatred, ignorance and fear in the world

What natural gift would you most like to possess?  singing

How would you like to die? peacefully, in my sleep

What is your present state of mind? motivated (but that could change at any moment ;-) )

To what faults do you feel most indulgent? self doubt

What is your motto? treat others the way you want to be treated

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