Lori Takes The Proust Questionnaire

  1. What is your current state of mind? Happy and a wee bit antsy.
  2. What is your favorite journey? Any that takes me to family and dear friends.
  3. What is your idea of perfect happiness? An evening of good friends, fine wine, and lively conversation.
  4. What is your greatest fear? Hurting those I cherish.
  5. What is your most marked characteristic? The ability to giggle, sometimes at the most inopportune times.
  6. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? My need to please.
  7. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Callous indifference.
  8. What is your greatest extravagance? A gorgeous piece of art.
  9. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Righteousness
  10. On what occasion do you lie? To protect another’s feelings.
  11. Dislike most about your appearance? My legs—I’ve always yearned for long, willowy gams.
  12. Which living person do you most despise? In this instance, I am Switzerland.
  13. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? I need to let that percolate…
  14. What is your greatest regret? Not trusting my heart.
  15. What or who is the greatest love of your life? My family—those by birth and those by blessing.
  16. When and where were you happiest? In the midst of a great conversation or a good belly laugh.
  17. Which talent would you most like to have? The ability to speak multiple languages fluently.
  18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d be braver.
  19. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? They’d be physically closer to me.
  20. What do you consider your greatest achievement? My education.
  21. What is your most treasured possession? My family, friends and dogs.
  22. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Being bitter and alone.
  23. Where would you like to live? Anywhere that’s near to nature.
  24. What is your favorite occupation? Writing
  25. What is the quality you most like in a man? Intelligence paired with a dry sense of humor
  26. What is the quality you most like in a woman? Compassion
  27. What do you most value in your friends? Their ability to love me despite my flaws.
  28. Who are your favorite writers? Can’t choose just one…
  29. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Never been into hero worship.
  30. What is it that you most dislike? Cruelty in any form.
  31. Who are your heroes in real life? Those who give their hearts & voices in service of the greater good.
  32. How would you like to die? In bed with a book on my chest.
  33. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? An owl.
  34. What is your motto? A good laugh makes everything better.
  35. Bonus Question: How did you find my blog? Can’t recall, but so grateful that I did.
  36. Bonus Question: Why do you keep coming back to this Blog? The community and camaraderie I’ve found here are a balm to my soul.



  • Lori is a virtual friend and faithful follower and kindly agreed to share her responses to the Proust Questionnaire.  Lori is a professional writer. You can find her website and bio here: Lori Ferguson.
  • See prior Proust Questionnaires.
  • The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.  (Source: Vanity Fair)


  1. I love this series, and find people to be so open and honest with their answers –

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  2. Lori, heyyyyyy – what do you mean here: 12 – Switzerland!?!?! Should I feel beaten up, do I need to apologize? Or do you mean NEUTRAL?! You know, you can still have an opinion! 😉

    But now, let’s get serious: You are TRULY MY TWIN SISTER – any reply you gave, apart from 12 obviously, could just as well have been mine. Except maybe the ‘leg’ one – because my body is truly no longer anything to brag about, so my reply to physical treats would have to much longer…… All the others I couldn’t agree more about. AND you are BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    Thank you for sharing so openly, honestly and bravely – this community is well and truly a gift to all of us. Plus, we need some commenting men in this Q&A (I know that Ray is on the wait but surely there must be more!)

    Have a beautiful day, gorgeous and Thank You Dave, also, for adding the Prousts by and by to your blog posts!

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    • Yes, Kiki, I meant neutrality. In today’s hyper-charged world, I try to ‘Keep calm and carry on’ as much as possible.

      I’m delighted that my responses resonated…this little exercise prompts one to reflect in an interesting way. You’re correct–this community is special. I view this space as a gift and thank Dave for creating it every morning when I log in to see what’s posted.

      Wishing you a beautiful day, too, and a very Happy New Year!

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  3. Great answers, Lori. I love your motto!

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  4. I love these, every single one you’ve shared! No wonder empathy is possible, we humans have so many similarities.

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  5. Lori you are a beautiful soul inside and out! and I definitely think you underestimate your presence in this world. Shine brightly my friend ✨🌟✨

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  6. Giggled out loud @ # 5.

    Lori, you’re someone I truly look up to. And I’m so glad you did this and shared with us. You’re tenderness all over.

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  7. Succinct insight and wisdom. Thank you Lori 💕

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  8. So glad to read yours, Lori. You truly are a beautiful person inside and out (despite having not long-enough legs 😉 )
    This is such a fantabulous community and I thank you, David for keeping us all together!

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