What Makes You Happy?

Published on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 22:30 - Written by

BOOK

WHO: Terrence Ates, Tyler

WHAT: “Endurance”

WHY: “Endurance” is the story of Ernest Shackelton and his crew surviving against all odds in Antarctica. After reading this book, you will realize that our perspective of what constitutes a bad day is nothing compared to the accounts told in this book.

FOOD

WHO: Leslie Wilson Watson, Tyler

WHAT: Kraft macaroni and cheese

WHY: Whenever I was sick as a child, my mom would always whip up some Kraft macaroni and cheese to make me feel better. In college it was a staple for our condo as bank accounts got low by the end of the month. My mom, who was a Julia Child fan before it was cool to like Julia, started whipping up homemade macaroni and cheese, and my dad and I still preferred Kraft - used to drive her crazy. The mac and cheese tradition carries on today with Emma, who prefers shapes, especially the seasonal Halloween box most of all.

INSPIRATION

WHO: Stephen Boothe, Tyler

WHAT: My father

WHY: My inspiration is my father. He wasn't flashy, he wasn't fancy, but he showed me how to be a hard-working honest person. He showed me how to care about others without losing sight of myself. He showed me how to love and he showed me how to live.

MOVIE

WHO: Tonika Crockett, Tyler

WHAT: “Carmen Jones”

WHY: I’m really into musicals. I love the singing and the dancing, and the women look so elegant in their costumes. It was made in 1954. I used to watch it with my mom. I could — I have — watched it over and over.

MOMENT

WHO: Maurice E. Peterson, Tyler

WHO: My run

WHY: When I go for a run. It's just me and my music. I love it!

MUSIC

WHO: Judith Highsmith, Tyler

WHAT: Always Delbert McClinton

WHY: I cannot sit still when I hear him - have to get up and move! I even listen to Delbert when I clean house, because I get it done in much less time. I've been dancing to Delbert for 55 years now and don't see that stopping anytime soon.