What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Living in the south of France but having an English garden.
What is your greatest fear?
An irrelevant life.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
I've always admired and followed C.S. Lewis - I even did a doctoral dissertation on him - but it's probably time to disidentify a bit.
What is your favorite journey?
Too many contenders! The forest walk in Connecticut around the reservoir where I grew up: Addison's Walk in Magdalen College, Oxford, where I asked my wife to marry me: the Wye River Valley in England and Wales.
When and where were you happiest?
Usually yesterday and tomorrow! But I suppose the golden lining surrounds my youth growing up in Connecticut; my house was amidst hundreds of acres of forest and I nearly had two whole lakes to myself. What with my brothers supplying all the good books to read and an near-Eden outside my doors, anyone ought to have been happy.
What is your current state of mind?
I wish someone would tell me. My mind is shuttling between the 'threeness and oneness of God' in class to dinner with a friend who's ceased to believe in God to a father who's very ill in the hospital....
What is your most treasured possession?
My antique wedding band....and the Philokalia.
Where would you like to live?
Somewhere near my 3 older brothers with real snow and real autumn leaves.
Who are your favorite writers?
C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Walter de la Mare, E.M. Forster, and any Athonite elder.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Winston Churchill in the big picture and Aidan Hart (an artist who lives in England) in the small, personal, picture.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Seeing the tally of all the hours I spent cleaning the house when I should have been doing something worthwhile - like praying.
What country would you like to visit?
Oh, to be at Jerusalem. So, Israel. And then Greece. Opa!