8 Questions with Lucy Jones

Lucy Jones is the author of Losing Eden: Why Our Minds Need the Wildhttp://lucyfjones.com/

Photo credit: Gemma Brunton


Which talent would you most like to have?

I think it would be lovely to have an amazing singing voice, or be a virtuoso on the guitar or piano.


What is your most treasured possession?

My family, my young children and husband. Object-wise, my books and my snowglobe collection from countries across the world.


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Swimming in the sea or a very cold river, with family and friends on the beach or the river bank, and a picnic with a flask of tea. There are trees on the beach or bank and it's warm and maybe late spring.


What is your motto?

At the moment, Know Your Own Bone (Henry David Thoreau), or Be Nobody's Darling (Alice Walker).


How would you like to die?

Peacefully, quickly, in old age, holding the hand of a loved one.


If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?

I think it would be cool to be an old-growth tree, an oak, or a redwood. Or a caterpillar. I'd like to experience that caterpillar soup moment between caterpillar and butterfly and moth.


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Bravery? I think teaching children to be brave can silence their emotional expression.


What is your current state of mind?

Calm, impatient, hopeful, anxious, grateful.

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