Annamarie

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About me

Gender FEMALE
Industry Publishing
Occupation Writer and human rights/environment/peace activist
Location Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Introduction I was born in Eastern Europe during the height of the Stalinist regime's reign of terror. Thus, I know what it is like to live under a repressive, dictatorial regime. The fear and terror -- as dissident friends and family members were tortured, imprisoned and some were executed -- is indelibly etched in my memory. That is the reason I have always been an ardent advocate of freedom, social justice, civil liberties, human rights and a voice of peace. The way I see it, war is morally wrong, regardless of who wages it, for whatever reason. No piece of land or commodity is worth the sacrifice of one human life. We are all members of the same race - the "human race" - and must learn to coexist peacefully. Our planet cannot sustain us much longer if we do not stop our wars, nukes, polluting, deforestation, and the wasteful, gluttonous consumption and depletion of our natural resources.
Interests Reading, writing, activism for social justice, human rights, peace, environmental issues, Amnesty International member (Canadian, U.S.A. and International chapters), Sierra Club of Ontario-Peel, several citizen's committees, and supporting member of numerous peace/justice/human rights and environmental organisations, watching documentaries/news and good movies, attending important rallies & meetings, spending time with family and friends, gardening, herbalism, trying & cooking international cuisines, yoga and spirituality, and more...
Favorite Movies Dr. Zhivago, As Good As It Gets, Out of Africa, Gorillas In The Mist, Born Free, Schindler's List, Kate and Leopold, Fahrenheit 9/11, Hawaii, Pride and Prejudice, The Green Mile, Powder, Lord of War, (too many more to mention...)
Favorite Music Classical & Opera (love Bocelli, Brightman, Pavarotti, Domingo et al, and the music of Liszt, Strauss, Chopin, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, more), Jazz, Ambient, Latin, World Ethnic, Bluegrass, Rhythm and Blues, Soft Rock & Classic Rock (Beatles, etc)...I like most music, depending on my mood
Favorite Books Anna Karenina, War and Peace, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, World Poetry, Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet", everything by: John Steinbeck, James Michener, Dostoyevski, Tolstoy, Hugo, Dumas frere et fils, Soltzhenitsyn, Arany Janos, Petofi Sandor, John Dear: Living Peace, too many more to mention (biographies, history, anthropology, nature & environment, poetry, mysteries, essays, spiritual & mysticism...an eclectic blend)

You've written a hit musical! How will you avoid having fame go to your head?

By trying to stay out of the lime-light as much as possible. I am a humble person; I don't think anything can ever change that.