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What is a hero?
I don't have any heroes.
I don't believe in heroes.
And yet, everyone is my hero.
What I mean is...people are complicated.
We are all capable of heroic gestures, every day, everyone.

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.30 Who are my heroes in real life?


Well...the thing about this question is...


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29. Which historical figure do I most identify with?


I relate to every unknown person in history who tried to live with dignity.
When I am in the British Museum looking at a piece of wall circa 1350BC taken from Egypt, depicting servants and guests at a feast, I wonder about the people who made the material that the wall was built from. I wonder who helped gather supplies to make the paints. I wonder about their families and their lives. I wonder at their smallness, their invisibility, yet their undeniable existence.

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.28 Who is my hero of fiction?


Sherlock Holmes, as written by Conan Doyle, and portrayed by Jeremy Brett.


Any ideas?

Before I answer number 27, a quick survey for ideas. I'm still coughing. It's mostly a dry cough and every once in a while...it's a...productive cough. There is no pain when I breathe, I am not wheezing. I am taking mucinex*, steaming my face in boiling water and sliced ginger, drinking a variety of teas, hot water with honey and lemon and ginger, hot showers, apple juice, having chicken soup, saline spray, resting. Everything I can do. The coughing will not stop. I need it to stop.






*Very much not a product endorsement.

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27. Who are my favorite writers?

Yes, still sick.

I like different writers for different things at different times, and never for everything all at once.
I don't have a favorite restaurant, a favorite color, or a favorite ice cream flavor, for that matter.
Are others less mercurial??

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Since, in my feverish state, I was posting here last week, a brief health update now:


Yesterday was the first day the fever went away. 
In many ways that is a good thing, but I do feel bad that the lingering cough will start to feel lonely.

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26. What do I most value in my friends?


Well this has been on my mind quite a bit lately. 
The thing that really registers a feeling of gratitude and value is
when friends are deeply supportive.

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25. What is my most marked characteristic?


I think a characteristic is something noted by someone else, about you. Or maybe I am the only person who doesn't think of herself as a collection of characteristics. It is other people who need to identify and define things to understand us, no? I just go on being me. But if I were to guess what might be selected if I took a survey on the outside: self-contained.