Meet a Westsider:
Katie Clarke

Profession/Occupation... Counseling coordinator, West Middle School.

What I like most about the Westside is... I never have to drive anywhere; all I need is steps from my front door: the library, coffee shops, post office, knitting stores, restaurants and Farmers Market.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... I’d like to see a little market in town – like the old “bread and milk” stores of the past.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... “Lincoln,” especially since I’d just read “Manhunt,” by James L. Swanson, about the hunt for John Wilkes Booth.

I'd like to discover... a way to knit, read and listen to podcasts all at the same time.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Bono – I like his generosity and his ability to affect change in the world without being partisan.

The next time I travel, I’m going... After running eight marathons, I’m still on the hunt for the elusive Boston Marathon qualifying time... so I hope to go to Boston for that race.

My favorite childhood memory is... Being a Navy brat, I traveled across the country many times in an old Rambler with Mom and Dad, four brothers and sisters (my twin brother and I, being the youngest, sat in the cargo space with the dog), a bird and a picnic basket with brown sugar sandwiches (white bread and margarine included).Those were the days! We didn’t yet know what was bad for us.

My favorite spring pastime is... curling up to the fire with a good book and a knitting project (yes, at the same time!)

Something good I’ve read is... “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” by Katherine Boo, which looks at life in a Mumbai slum; and “The Marriage Plot,” by Geoffrey Eugenides, a fiction that mirrors my life as a 1982 college graduate.

My pet peeve is... loose dogs – I love dogs, but I’ve been bitten by unleashed ones (usually right after the owner says “Don’t worry! He’s friendly!”)

If I didn’t have to work for a year, I would... knit more, read more, work out more, spend more time with my granddaughter and take up a new musical instrument.

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