Bear Pause: Dunia Chatham '94

Dunia Chatham '94 cherishes spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, entertaining and working in her garden. She is a member of Blake's Alumni Association Board.

Q: What is the most surprising thing about you?
A: My happy place is in a garden. I love nurturing, taking care of and watching the fruit of my labor.

Q: What book has influenced you greatly? How?
A: I've been influenced by so many books. I have a real love of understanding a different perspective by reading their story. I don't think I can nail down a single book, here are a few: "Roots," "The Good Earth," "A Fine Balance," "The Bluest Eye," "Between the World and Me" and "The New Jim Crow."

Q: What are your three favorite smells?
A: Citrus, these are usually clean and fresh scents; eucalyptus because it's a pick-me-up kind of scent; new baby, who doesn't like the smell of a newborn?

Q: What is your earliest childhood memory?
A: My sixth birthday. I received Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album and to this day I don't think I've ever gotten a better birthday gift!

Q: If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you spend it?
A: Talking to my kids finding out how their day was.

Q: If you could live inside any sitcom, which one would it be?
A: I'm more of an epic serial drama kind of person like "Game of Thrones," "Lost" or "The Walking Dead." I like a lot of drama!

Q: If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
A: I want to travel to places where I can experience awesome people great food and historic culture. So that's just about everywhere. I can't think of a place I don't want to visit!

Q: What's the best concert you've ever been to?
A: Michael Jackson. Is there anything better?

Q: What teacher inspired you the most? How?
A: Mr. Woolman, literature. He really taught me to read for understanding the motivation of the author and her characters. In his class I was introduced to literature that represented an array of perspectives. I really appreciated our analysis of each work and the different options that came out one's background and their understanding of the story.

Q: What's your favorite family tradition?
A: Christmas eve and morning. Getting together as a family and sharing fun and food.

Q: What did you want to be when you were small?
A: A farmer!

Q: What do you miss most about being a kid?
A: Being able to make friends with ease and knowing everyone wants to just play.

Q: If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
A: Oysters, I like them raw fried, baked, charbroiled. I haven't met an oyster I didn't like.