Meet a Westsider:
Dona Riley

Profession/Occupation... astrologer, psychic reader and owner of Mountain Metaphysical Shop.

What I like most about the Westside is... the slower pace, less materialism and quaint architecture.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... to lower the rents. That's sort of a joke. I own my house on the Westside and would definitely like to buy more property here.

A good movie Iíve seen recently is... The last movie I saw was the most recent X-Files movie. Iím a fan. I love that series because I'm fascinated by the paranormal, and the story line about uncovering a conspiracy was compelling. The chemistry between the main characters was great too.

I'd like to discover... some more remote mountain areas. I love going "where motors can't go" and being in the peaceful, beautiful wilderness.

If I could meet someone famous, Iíd like to meet... Hillary Clinton, the toughest lady around. I really admire her intelligence, competence, and stamina.

The next time I travel, Iím going to... My most recent trip has been to New Mexico to gather crystals. I'd like to go back to hike and explore some of that area that I haven't seen.

My favorite childhood memory is... horseback-riding at dawn and seeing the sun come up. I grew up on a small farm in Illinois, and thatís what Iíd do on summer days. Sometimes my cousin would be with me. The greatest time was when it was very foggy and you could hardly see in front of you. Very magical and mystical.

My favorite summer pastime is... hiking, gathering herbs and crystals. I love to get out in nature.

Something good Iíve read is.. ďThe Dancing Wu Lin Masters,Ē by Gary Zukav. This book was published in 1979 and was way ahead of its time in discussing the link between quantum physics and spirituality, which became all the rage a few years ago. The book manages to be very spiritual and scientific at the same time.

My pet peeve is... Lack of consideration of other people no matter what kind of situation it is.

If I didnít have to work for a year I would... The way I look at my life, I already do what I want to do. If I did something different, I might spend more time with my mother in Illinois, then work on my astrology and retail practice/business, which I am already doing.

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