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Meet Diane Bostick: Published poet, DeWitt native

What are the challenges?

Finding the time to inspire and creatively rescue all that need to find their own voice of confidence.

What do you most enjoy?

Uphill walks amid beautiful hills, cascading streams and woods all around where I am now living, and returning to the 1875 farmhouse my husband and I are restoring. I have a nice place to write and create.

What are your hobbies?

Biking, baking with natural ingredients, and research -- but not at the same time.

Do you have a favorite book? What is it and why is it your favorite?

There are so many, so I would say the last I read that I made it all the way through.

If you could have dinner with anyone -- living or dead -- who would it be and why?

It would be Lily Tomlin, a great comedic actress, whose guts and commentary inspired my move to the stage as a female comic.

What is something people wouldn't know about you?

I prefer to be surprising and refreshing than remotely boring.

How do you deal with tense situations?

I am naturally cool. So if I feel the fire starting, my inclination is to turn the heat down from inside and the situation always turns around. You can never think or plan well when you are tied up in a knot!

What are your personal and/or professional goals?

To make an amazing difference in the lives of those around me, through coaching and workshops, to finish the short story I am writing, and the novel I am editing with the goal of two more publications in the next few years. Also, to see the success of my collaborative 11-song CD that will be released from south Florida next year, and in promotion for good causes.

Look for Bostick's current and upcoming workshops by visiting her web site nakedfeathers.net. Upcoming workshops at DeWitt Town Hall can also be found in the DeWitt Times datebook on page 2.

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