Katie Mahon, Interview #113

Name: Katie Mahon

Where you live: New York, New York (after being a Bay Area, California “native” for 45 years, I moved to Manhattan in 2009)

What do you do as a vocation or avocation:  I am passionate about access to educational opportunities for children across the socio-economic spectrum and continue to be involved in a high school in California; I love to walk in Central Park and enjoy the changing seasons there, and to play tennis when weather permits.

Your two favorite books: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, Wild Swans by Jung Chang, and Empire Falls by Richard Russo

Your two favorite songs: “Let it Be” (the Beatles), West Side Story sound track, pretty much all Christmas music

Why are you interested in spirituality?  I am interested in spirituality because I have felt the Presence of something beyond the four corners of what we call reality and I believe this feeling is as worthy of pursuit as anything.

Your favorite quote:  “Miracles seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes see and our ears can hear what there is about us always.” Willa Cather (Death Comes For the Archbishop)
Your favorite websites: 

Your hero: Mother Teresa

A spiritual lesson you hope to learn:  The humility to connect myself again to a place where I can park my soul, in spite of the flaws of organized religion.

A place in the world where you feel spiritually “connected?”
I have had more moments of connection at those times when a sudden awareness of some depth within nature, a sunset that takes your breath away, a silence in a peaceful garden, that I can feel spiritually connected just about anywhere, though these moments are not automatic and don’t come nearly often enough.

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