Friends describe me
Thoughtful, generous, strong, fun, positive, zealous and adventurous (of course they are all horribly biased). I am certain they also know of many of my lesser qualities as well, but they wouldn't tell me when I surveyed them.
I like to garden, when I have time, mostly organic heirloom tomatoes with basil and jalapeno and Serrano peppers for guacamole and giant zinnias and sweet peas and the occasional succulent.
Fantasy dinner guests
My fantasy dinner would be if I could have been the servant at the Last Supper but maybe that is too much of a fantasy. I would love to serve at a dinner with Jean Bethke Elshtain, Dallas Willard, Pope Benedict, Michael Novak, George Marsden, T.D. Jakes, Jay
Best advice I ever received
There is no standing still in Christ, you are always either going backwards or going forward.
My undergrad alma mater
University of Texas
My worst subject in school
History -- but now I am intrigued by history and biography and the history of philosophy, schools and universities.
In college I drove
1955 Pontiac (my Dad's favorite car) and sometimes his 1964 Chevy, even though I was in college in the early 70s. My Dad kept cars a long time; I'm clearly his daughter as I am driving only my fourth car now.
If I weren't a professor, I would
Possibly would be a lawyer or maybe a doctor.
I afraid I am TV and movie-challenged
Austin, Texas because it is large enough to have the arts and other special features of a big city and still small enough to get across town in less than a half day. Not to mention that it is near San Antonio and located in Texas, two more reasons.
In the summer, Decaf Mocha Frappuccino w/o whipped cream! In the winter, a decaf, soy, no-whip mocha. But really I am mostly an iced tea fan ' summer or winter.
Nobody knows I
Drive across the country, most every year, trying out different freeways, stopping to see the sights, on way to conferences and to see family. I really love all of the United States. I like to travel in other countries as well.
My latest accomplishment
I'm just completing a two year study of high performing teachers in urban schools. There is nothing more beautiful than watching great teachers work with students who have the least advantages. And my book on my experiences when I worked with Mother Teresa is about to be published by Veritas/IV,