Skinny Dip with Pamela S. Turner

For this inter­view, we vis­it with Pamela S. Turn­er, chil­dren’s book author with two new books out in 2016, Samu­rai Ris­ing: The Epic Life of Minamo­to Yoshit­sune and Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World’s Bright­est Bird:

Pamela S. TurnerWhich celebri­ty, liv­ing or not, do you wish would invite you to a cof­fee shop?

Sir Richard Fran­cis Bur­ton, the Vic­to­ri­an anthro­pol­o­gist, trans­la­tor, lin­guist, and African explor­er. I’ve had a huge crush on him ever since I read The White Nile.  

Most cher­ished child­hood memory? 

Get­ting my first library card at age four. Mom said I could­n’t get one until I could write my own name, so I learned in a flash. 

Sir Richard Francis Burton

Richard Fran­cis Bur­ton by Rischgitz, 1864

Tea? Cof­fee? Milk? Soda? What’s your favorite go-to drink?

Why isn’t “mar­gari­ta” one of the options here?

Your favorite can­dy as a kid …

Abba-Zab­ba … or maybe Bit O’ Hon­ey … or maybe Big Hunk … no, wait! Cot­ton can­dy. I still love cot­ton can­dy. I have the taste buds of a three-year-old. 

Is Plu­to a planet?

No. But Plu­to being demot­ed from plan­et­hood is a won­der­ful les­son in how sci­ence works. In sci­ence data mat­ter, not tradition.

Cotton CandyBest tip for liv­ing a con­tent­ed life?

I think Bud­dhists have the best mot­to of all: “com­pas­sion for all sen­tient creatures.”

Your hope for the world?

That we will find a way to live with­in our eco­log­i­cal means and not muck every­thing up for our­selves and for all oth­er sen­tient creatures.

2 Responses to Skinny Dip with Pamela S. Turner

  1. David LaRochelle August 18, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    I should print your Bud­dhist mot­to out so I can have it hang­ing over my com­put­er as a con­stant and gen­tle reminder, Pamela. What a great way to live one’s life. Maybe it will also help me have more com­pas­sion for those intel­li­gent, but very loud, crows that seem to be always out­side my stu­dio and bed­room windows!

  2. Pamela Turner August 18, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

    I won­der what the crows think of OUR voic­es?! Thanks so much for your comment!

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