On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how polite are you?
What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
A business associate made me laugh out loud this afternoon.
She was talking about her 25-year-old daughter. I said, “Wait. I thought you said you have a five-year-old daughter. You have daughters 20 years apart in age?”
“Yes,” she said, laughing. “My partner and I like to tell people that our five-year-old was a little surprise. It’s a joke we tell people just to watch their reaction.”
Her partner is a woman.
Who is your favorite cartoon character?
Top Cat, after whom I named my own beloved Top Cat, aka T.C., aka “T-cer” (1980-1998):
I still miss her every day.
Tell about the funniest teacher you ever had.
That would probably have to be my piano teacher, William Pisani. He was extremely flamboyant, eccentric and loved to perform. He would have me in stitches during my lesson, but his love of music and performing was absolutely infectious. He taught me to love both and not be afraid to play in front of an audience. I think of him so often when I am out speaking and teaching because the things he taught me translate to the work I do.
Complete this sentence: I strongly believe that ______________________.
. . . the fight for civil rights is far from over. Just when I think we’re making progress, I hear about another incident or case that makes me shake my head and ask, “Have we learned nothing?”