is executive director of Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth.
Quotation to live by: "In the midst of winter I found there was in me an invincible summer." - Albert Camus
Another favorite quotation: "The best lack all conviction while the worst/ Are filled with passionate intensity." - William Butler Yeats
Books on my nightstand right now: Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, by Tony Judt; The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai; and The Freedom Writers Diary.
Favorite authors, fiction: E.L. Doctorow, Milan Kundera.
Favorite author, nonfiction: Taylor Branch.
Favorite poets: Swinburne, Browning, Shelley, Yeats, Mary Oliver . . . who can choose?
Favorite beach reading: The Fall of a Sparrow, by Robert Hellenga.
Book or author other people praise but I never liked: Jane Austen.
A book that influenced how I live my life: Not a book - but a play and a song: Man of La Mancha and "The Impossible Dream," by Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh.
TV show I loved: The West Wing.
TV show I hate to admit I like: Law and Order on NBC/USA.
Favorite comic strip: Doonesbury, by Garry Trudeau.
Movies I love so much I've watched them many, many times: Dr. Zhivago; Reds.
If you turned on my car radio, it would be tuned to: WHYY-FM (90.9).
Favorite type of music: Again, hard to choose: blues, jazz, folk, and I would listen to Eva Cassidy forever.
Last concert attended: Nanci Griffith, at the World Cafe Live on March 15; also went to Philadelphia Orchestra performances at the Mann Theater last summer.
Recording I play when my soul needs a lift: Willie Nelson's version of "Stardust."
Person in my field I most admire: Dorothy Speight Johnson, founder of Mothers In Charge.
Living person I'd most like to join for dinner and conversation: In addition to my family, former President Jimmy Carter.
Heroes from history: Former President Lyndon Johnson, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.