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Great interview! I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Anne in person just yesterday and I can confirm she's as lovely as her responses suggest.

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Flowers in the Attic! OMG. That is all kinds of craziness that I haven't thought about in years. Thankfully I balanced that out with a lot of Anne of Green Gables😂 I can't think of a book I hid from my parents because I was always reading and they never were so they pretty much ignored it. I doubt it would have occurred to them that I could find something inappropriate in a book so I'm thankful for that.

I love "the more I think the less I know"! I will carry this with me. I also love Anne's audacious goal of enlightenment. Way to declare it Anne! Lead the way, we are right behind you.

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Loved this, Jane!

One thing that captured me attention, then my heart, then my funny bone, was Anne's comment about the biography of Orwell and Churchill. I love that book and I've recommended it to a few people, so I sorta zeroed in when Anne mentioned it, and then I felt a sense of kindred (heart) because we're book buddies, which is a special bond. But then I had to laugh when Anne said she maybe it isn't that fascinating because she hasn't finished it yet :)

Now, the other questions.

Do I have a uniform? I think so. It's shorts & a t-shirt in the summer, jeans and a t-shirt in the winter. The constant is the t-shirt. I love a good soft t-shirt, especially if there's something funny written on the front.

Am I able to quiet my mind? Yes. It usually happens naturally when I do yoga. Other times it takes some work, but I can usually make it happen. But sometimes my mind is just noisy and there's not much I can do about it, even if I'm doing yoga.

Singing to animals? Hell yes! I sing to our dog, Mortimer. I also sing about Mortimer. I'm not a singer or a song writer, but I make up silly jingles, and at this point there are enough of them for a concept album our dog. Christina calls the concept album, which will probably never be produced, "Songs in the Key of Mortimer."

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Anne rules the known universe. At least, I'm pretty sure she does.

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I love the effect “Call of the Wild” had on her as an eight year old. I loved that book.

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This was so beautifully enjoyable to read & settling to my nervous system. The giggles, the book recs, the quotes I’m writing down in my journal. Love this.

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Nov 21, 2023Liked by Jane Ratcliffe

Never thought to find such wisdom with so much lightness. Witty! I enjoyed it a lot. BTW, I’m a fan of uniforms. , too.

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Nov 20, 2023Liked by Jane Ratcliffe

Loved this interview! I actually loved the quote toward the beginning that has stuck with Anne recently. It really hit something for me, and may be in a future essay about "mirrors." OooOOoh...

Always love Anne's style and personality over words! I'd love to meet her someday!

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I'd like to point out that the horse on the cover of The Untethered Soul is actually a unicorn! Even more embarrassing, but it's a great book!

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Nov 20, 2023Liked by Jane Ratcliffe

Singing to pets is a huge part of my identity. A special talent of mine is rewriting songs to be about my pets. When I had a Twitter years ago- I would take song requests and provide the written parody.

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I love this book! I’m off to his temple this week for his Thanksgiving Feast. I agree with the cover of the book….”I also love Michael Alan Singer's "The Untethered Soul," but the cover features a cheeseball photo of a wild horse running on the beach, which makes it super embarrassing to read on the subway.”

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She seems like a very kind Real Person!

My uniform now is quite different from my former life prior to RA. Back then I was head to feet in office attire (although I often got in trouble because my skirts were a tad too short - hey I had very long legs back then! But every day dresses, suits and always heels. From pumps to boots always my own style

NOW? Anything from yoga pants to pajamas! I have become a sloth!! When it hurts to get dressed the more comfort I need from clothing!

I loved how she described the -12 step people.

Any woman who is as down to earth as Amran is okay in my book!

I would love to hang with her! ❤️

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Love this, thank you.

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I’m glad I didn’t get that job as professor way back then when I made to the third interview. We wouldn’t have moved to the FL Keys where we lived on a houseboat for a while and then on an offshore off the grid Island gotten to only by boat. That decade was amazing and led me where I am today.

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I was expecting a very Type A interview in the beginning, but I was pleasantly surprised. And I was obsessed with Virginia Andrews as a kid. I read every novel I could get my hands on. Dawn was my personal favourite. I even did a monologue from it for an acting exam!

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Love Anne and this interview. Thanks, Jane.

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