Joan Luise Hill, Interview #114

Name: Joan Luise Hill
Where You Live: Pebble Beach, CA and Nantucket, MA
What you do as a vocation or avocation? Community Volunteer in Education and Health care, fund raiser for causes where there is a positive return on investment in brain power, social welfare and the greater good.
Your two favorite books: The Sparrow for its troubling and thoughtful account of searching beyond our comfort level and the innate danger and reward in the journey.  A Day with Pete the Seagull written by my parents in the 1950s – a story of the beach, of friendship, and of simple pleasures with funds donated to the Jimmy Fund cancer research for children.

Why you are interested in spirituality? I think at a certain age (over 40), at a certain time (facing cancer), and in certain circumstances ie the death of a parent or sickness of a child, we all begin to go outside of ourselves searching for something greater than we are…I think all of those things conspired to jumpstart my spiritual journey.

Your favorite quote: “If you want your dreams to come true, you mustn’t oversleep.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away.”  Joy Gulliver
Your favorite web sites: (I do have a sense of humor…)
Your hero? The unique part of each of us that dares to do that which we are unsure of…Marie Curie in the lab, Alexis Carrel for his belief in miracles; Franz Werfel writing of Lourdes;  everyday volunteers who give of themselves in extraordinary ways

A spiritual lesson you hope to learn? Never to return to complacency; instead to keep searching though sometimes it seems difficult to keep it fresh and alive
A place in the world where you feel spiritually “connected?” Maryisma, hard not to be lulled into a spiritual connection given the history and the feeling of peacefulness; the cemeteries of Normandy where so many lie in sacrifice for the good of mankind; in the air when flying, seeing the distinct differences in the earth’s landscape and marveling at the majesty of the oceans, mountains and fields.

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