What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement at this time, would be finding and pursuing my love of photography & music.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness would be comfort every day, with a challenge to keep me busy.
What is your current state of mind?
Wandering paths of interest, searching for wonder.
What is your favorite occupation?
My favourite occupations are taking photographs, and eating, if eating can be considered an occupation.
What is your most treasured possession?
My brain, as it feels like the only thing I can truly ever possess.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Music, because it feels like an extension of my own heart, and constantly rewards, surprises, and challenges me in new ways.
What is your favorite journey?
As a repeating journey, it’s the drive to my family cottage on the Northumberland Strait from my hometown of Enfield. But, equally a favorite are the journeys I take to new places I’ve never been, and the anticipation that comes from the unexpected.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Probably my humorous and goofy demeanor.
When and where were you the happiest?
In my modern life, it would be with my close male friends on our annual summer retreat. Otherwise, I think it would have been childhood, when the responsibilities and pressures of adulthood were yet to arrive.
What is it that you most dislike?
Selfish, inconsiderate people, and the taste of black coffee.
What is your greatest fear?
Having the things I love most taken away from me, but that also just encourages me to enjoy life as much as I can.
What is your greatest extravagance?
At this time, it’s probably the over 50+ collection of vintage trucker hats I bought as a hobby-of-sorts during the pandemic. My cameras are certainly worth more, but they’re more like tools than extravagant indulgence.
Which living person do you most despise?
The person who most recently cut me off in traffic.
What is your greatest regret?
Not buying more Pokémon cards as a child, because they have really accumulated in worth.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I most often wish I had perfect pitch, so that I was better at singing and playing music.
Where would you like to live?
I’d love to live in the woods on a lake, or river, with a good piece of property facing south nearby to have a garden and farmland on.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Selfish pity. It feels good to feel bad for yourself, but does nothing but satiate the gloom.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Their ability to listen and know when they’re wrong.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Their willingness to rise to a challenge and learn from an experience.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Low self esteem. I’ve always had confidence in the quality of my own abilities, but never truly feel like those abilities or skills are of interest to others,
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
I have no tolerance for another person who tries to control someone else.
What do you most value in your friends?
Support and forgiveness, though the latter isn’t tested as often as the former.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
If it qualifies, I would say The Simpsons family, a group of comedically flawed, but loving and average people who navigate the absurdity of Western life in the 20th century.
Who are your heroes in real life?
The people willing to stand up to the powers in charge in order to enact change for the good.
Which living person do you most admire?
My mother, for all the challenges she has continued to overcome, while maintaining her own quality of life and caring about the people around her.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Loyalty. It implies a blind faith of support when often someone is very much in the wrong and deserves to be challenged rather than supported.
On what occasions do you lie?
I most often lie when trying to avoid social engagements.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Probably all of them? I definitely say ‘cool cool’, ‘sick’, or ‘yah totally’ informally too much.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Physically, my nose, I’ve always been self conscious of it since childhood, as is normal for any kid and some part of their face I’m guessing. Mentally, it would be my stubborn resolve for quality.
What are your favorite names?
Rudiger, Basil, Owen, August, Penelope, Gwen
How would you like to die?
In my sleep, or fully drugged into oblivion.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I would hope it would be a bird of prey.
What is your motto?
Change is the only constant.
Corey J. Isenor
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – 2023