Wis­dom of the Ages

From Sofie & Ce­cilia au­thor Kather­ine Ashen­burg

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What ad­vice do you wish you’d given your 25-year-old self? Ask more ques­tions.

What ad­vice would you give your 80-year-old self? En­joy all the ad­ven­tures pos­si­ble in this “if-not-nowthen-when?” pe­riod.

What do you know for sure? What the poet John Keats called “the ho­li­ness of the heart’s af­fec­tions.” What have you learned? That ev­ery life, no mat­ter how quiet it looks on the sur­face, is full of sto­ries.

What will you never learn? How to do more than half-a-dozen things on my cell­phone.

Best piece of ad­vice? Al­ways ask for more money. Peo­ple don’t value what they get cheaply. (From my prac­ti­cal, re­al­ist mother.) Did it work? No.

What in­spires you? Read­ing great writ­ers. And the looks on my grand­chil­dren’s faces when I read to them.

The mo­ment that changed ev­ery­thing? When I learned that Sofie & Ce­cilia, my first novel, was go­ing to be pub­lished.

Hap­pi­ness is … See above. Also, drink­ing my one-and-only cup of strong cof­fee early in the morn­ing in my ver­dant gar­den.

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