What film do you think everyone should watch?
Amadeus, for the great music and some perspective on those who create it.
What’s your favorite part about living and working in the DC/MD/VA region?
The region is very diverse with lots of income opportunities. It’s possible to find a local niche where you can live near people and places you find stimulating and supportive, yet easily commute to a place of business, cultural or arts event, or nature experience. It’s also within easy reach of other major metropolitan areas on the East Coast. (I tell people I grew up in Iowa, which set a low bar — every place I’ve lived since has seemed interesting and fun.)
Who inspires you?
Kraig Greff, my husband of over 40 years. He is a fabulous musician (piano, Hammond and accordion) and composer. For 15 years now, he’s lived in chronic pain from a bad back. His long-time pain management specialist, Dr. Kenneth Carle, has become one of his best friends. In spite of this hardship, Kraig is a warm, loving, supportive husband and friend. He continues to make music and to maintain a network of friends, many of whom he’s known for decades.
What story do you wish someone would tell?
I wanted to make a documentary about pain patients, but couldn’t figure out a way to tell the story. Chronic pain affects a huge number of people, especially as they age. There are a wide variety of causes and many will suffer the rest of their lives. Some of these people are inspiring, even heroic, yet most would find their stories very depressing.
What’s your favorite place to celebrate success with your crew?
Duda’s Tavern in Fell’s Point, just down the street from us. It’s locally owned with traditional Baltimore food in a historic setting. In warm weather, they have sidewalk seating with beautiful shade trees, a “cobblestone” street out front, and a view of the Domino Sugar Plant just across the harbor. We bring our two dogs and whatever crew is available to hang out with a beer and burger. These days, we are ordering take-out from them as often as possible because Baltimore restaurants aren’t allowed to serve food on-site during the pandemic.