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Lee Weinstein, by the book

We asked Lee Weinstein a few questions from his own book, Write. Open. Act. Here are his answers.

Q: What is your philosophy of life?

A: My philosophy comes from the movie Harold and Maude. Like Maude, I believe: “L-I-V-E. Live! Otherwise you got nothin’ to talk about in the locker room.”

Q: What makes you happiest?

A: Family, family, family — being with our daughters as well as our parents as they’re getting older. Ultimately, it comes down to these human relationships that make you happiest.

Q: What do you love doing now?

A: I love being out in nature and hiking in the Gorge, driving the backroads of Oregon, traveling and eating native foods, and being exposed to art, which I think re-forms your brain.

Q: How are you involved in your community?

A: I just completed nine years of service on the board of the Maryhill Museum; I’m serving in my second year as president of an association called Public Relations Boutiques International; and I’m currently helping Restore Oregon find a new home for the Jantzen Beach Carousel.

Q: What is your definition of a successful life?

A: How did you make people feel about themselves, about the future, and about hope? I’ve always believed that a successful life is adding to the goodness of the world. That’s really it.

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