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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Skinny Dip with Sharon Chmielarz

What keeps you up at night?

bk_ChmielarzNothing keeps me up at night (knock on wood). I have a couple of glasses of red wine, then shower (usually), hit the mattress, do some leg exercises, and I’m a goner until the next morning. If I slip from that routine and drink something with caffeine too close to 6:30 pm or so, then it’s a different story. Then in the dark at 11:00 pm I worry when and if I’m ever going to fall asleep. 

What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

What’s the bravest thing I’ve ever done? Try to stab my father in the back with a scissor when he was attacking my mother.

Describe your favorite pajamas ever.

Oh, yes, I remember my fav PJ’s. My mother worked at a clothing store (Barton’s) and got a discount on whatever she bought. One day she brought home a pair of pink and charcoal gray diamond-patterned cotton PJ’s. The diamonds repeated themselves as in a Harlequin costume. Each pink diamond had a tuft of gray in its center. But the pièce de resistance was the robe that matched it. Knee length. Big side pockets. Sleeves just past the elbow. Any pajama outfit featured in Seventeen would be jealous. The complete outfit was a bit warm in the summer in our non air-conditioned, no-fan house, but I wore it anyway.

What TV show can’t you turn off?

Currently, Downton Abbey is my favorite TV show. Don’t call me at 8:00 p.m. Sundays. When the clock’s hand in the TV room edges toward 8:50, I think, “Oh, (expletive).It’s almost over.”

In what Olympic sport would you like to win a gold medal?

Slalom skiing has it all for me. First, it takes place in a beautiful landscape. Second—or maybe first—the skiers are beautiful, schussing down a mountain, sashaying this way and that through the gates, leaving a trail of powder spray. I’m amazed by the strength in their legs. I’m very sorry Lindsey Vonn didn’t make the world championship giant slalom finals this year. She has such grace and power schussing down a slope.


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