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ID: Diana Catherine Stiles

  • Diana Stiles<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Diana Stiles<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Diana Stiles<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

Diana Stiles has been involved with crafts for most of her life. She designs and creates one-of-a-kind cloth dolls that include traditional rag dolls, stylized art dolls, Halloween dolls and goddess dolls. They are meant to last more than one lifetime, and to be passed down through the generations.

Full name: Diana Catherine Stiles

Date and place of birth: April 27, 1954, New York City

Address: Amherst

Job: Professional fundraiser, cloth doll artist, freelance writer, and mother (and not necessarily in that order)

Who lives under the same roof as you? My son Sebastian

Children: Sebastian Rutzi’il Saul Stiles-Sieracki, 16

Education: Vassar College, bachelor’s degree in medieval studies; Harvard Divinity School and The General Theological Seminary, five years in their master’s degree programs, studying for ordination to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church

Pets: Gladybelle Happybottom, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, age 14; CoCo and Cordelia, two domestic shorthair felines, age 5

Hobbies: Raised bed gardening, interior design, carpentry

Book you’d recommend to a friend: “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Favorite movies: “Girl in the Cafe,” “Jules and Jim,” “ Love Actually,” “Wings of Desire”

Five items you can’t live without: My sewing machine, books, coffee, cardinals in the backyard, mashed potatoes

Last thing you purchased just for fun: A pom-pom maker

What’s at the top of your bucket list? A reinvented life of leisure, reading, romance, and sewing off the coast of northern Wales or in the fifth arrondissement in Paris

Life-changing experience: Meeting my son for the first time, at 5 weeks of age, in Guatemala City

Strangest job you ever held: Waitress at Boomers Jazz Club in Greenwich Village (I lasted 2½ hours, then quit)

Your last tweet and current Facebook status: I do not Twitter and I updated my Facebook status several years ago — I am somewhat of a Luddite

A little-known fact about you: I attended Woodstock for five days in 1969

Dumbest thing you ever did: I cut off my eyebrows with plastic play scissors at age 4

One trend you’d like to see return: The sleek design of Danish modern interiors

What really sets you off? Drivers who do not dim their brights when approaching another car, and drivers who do not use their blinkers

If you could spend the day with a celebrity, from any time in history, who would it be? Mary Magdalene, to get the real scoop

Best advice you ever got: Be still and know that I am God

Favorite place to get a bite: India Palace on Main Street, Noho, because setting is serene, service civilized, and food enjoyable

Favorite team or athlete: Princeton Tigers basketball because my nephew, Ian Hummer, is one of their star players

What does your ideal weekend look like? It’s been so long ...

One thing you would change about yourself: My impatience

What gives you the creeps? All MCAS tests because they are a waste of time for students and teachers, a waste of money for taxpayers, and a misplaced notion of academic achievement

People who knew you in high school thought you were: A hippie, an intellectual, intense, artistic

Whom do you most admire? My son, Sebastian, because he is the epitome of balance, kindness, good humor, empathy and intelligence

Parting shot: “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” Julian of Norwich (circa 1342-1416)

Editor’s Note - To suggest someone for ID, email Keri-Ann Aubin at kaubin@gazettenet.com.

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