I guess it’s about time I posted my own answers, although I know you will enjoy answering the questions far more than finding out what I have to say about them. I admit, however, that I have enjoyed reading other people's answers.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being without worry, having unlimited time and resources
What is your greatest fear?
That I will not be loved
What historical figure do you most identify with?
Which living person do you most admire?
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
What trait do you most deplore in others?
What is your greatest extravagance?
On what occasion do you lie?
to prevent unecessary suffering
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
That I’m not a size 4
What is your favorite journey?
Hiking up a mountain on Mount Desert Island in Maine. The juxtaposition of the mountains against the ocean is breathtaking.
Any flight that takes me somewhere new or much loved. I enjoy the anticipation one feels traveling somewhere in the air, eager to arrive and explore a new city. I have always liked airports.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Which living person do you most despise?
the current US president and his administration
(rote, but true)
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What is your greatest regret?
the time I have lost
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
It isn’t over yet, so I can't say for certain.
When and where were you happiest?
The first things that come to mind:
10 or 11 at night, Winter of 1993, walking outside in thick fresh snow with my little sister while the whole world seemed still and magical. Our two sets of footprints stretched out behind us and the moon glowed off the snow so everything was lit with a hazy half-light and we felt like the only two people in the world.
September 2000, in a hotel room in Boston, watching someone sleep.
Which talent would you most like to have?
a facility with languages
What is your current state of mind?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would be more driven and have greater faith in myself.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?
the universe has a sense of humor - I would probably be a man
If you could choose what or who to come back as, what would it be?
What do your consider your greatest achievement?
the distance I have come from where I began
What is your most treasured possession?
my grandmother’s engagement ring
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
What is your most marked characteristic?
my red hair, the manner in which I speak
What is the quality you most like in a man?
lack of pretention
firm belief that I am absolutely wonderful
What is the quality you most admire in a woman?
What do you most value in your friends?
loyalty and willingness to be there ("It's the friends you can call up at 4am that matter." - Marlene Dietrich)
Who are your favourite writers?
Harlan Ellison, Rita Mae Brown (earlier work), Terry Pratchett, Tom Robbins, Jane Austen, Octavia Butler, E.F. Benson
Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
Michael Valentine Smith
Who are your heroes in real life?
What are your favourite names?
Grace, Anton, Roarke, Gabriel
What is it that you most dislike?
How would you like to die?
No, thank you.
What is your motto?