What writer Patricia Kitchen did to nurture her nature:
Rented and watched “Peter Pan,” my favorite movie from childhood. It reminded me of the thrill of traveling and discovering new places.

Bought three potted African Violets, which I remember my grandmother growing on her windowsills.

Also visited the Web site of the African Violet Society of America, so I could learn how to help them survive and thrive. (They are still blooming!)

Scrounged around used-book sites on the Internet until I found a copy of “Auntie Mame — An Irreverent Escapade” by Patrick Dennis, the book on which the films and Broadway show were based. I love Mame — and admire her confidence and zest for life.