Bowie, Proust, and Sunday Thoughts

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this article with David Bowie’s answers to Proust’s famous questionnaire. (Link here)

Not only were Bowie’s answers thought-provoking (and funny), so were the questions themselves. So I decided to answer the questions myself, accompanied by a few recent photos.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Adventures with my kids

What is your most marked characteristic?
Noticing things that others miss

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Raising two really good people

What is your greatest fear?
Losing my children to disease or accident; lifelong fear of fire

What historical figure do you most identify with?
Nobody comes to mind, but Amelie Poulain is a fictional character that I identify with


Which living person do you most admire?
Pope Francis

Who are your heroes in real life?
My kids, Dr. Leonard

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Impatience, Introversion

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

What is your favorite journey?

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Which word or phrases do you most overuse?


What is your greatest regret?
Not pursuing a higher-quality education, any number of boyfriends

What is your current state of mind?

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
A cousin

What is your most treasured possession?
My grampa’s last bottle of Old Spice, my mother’s wedding portrait

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Feeling out of God’s reach

Where would you like to live?
Santa Barbara, Chicago


What is your favorite occupation?

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Humor and kindness

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Humor and kindness

What are your favorite names?
Drew and Tanner

What is your motto?
“It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.”


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