Getting Personal: Christina Sanantonio

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood chats with Monticello resident Christina Sanantonio, an activist against family violence, a mother and a collector of unique images. Getting Personal appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. In the April 29 newspaper, we'll have a chat with Nate Kohn, director of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival.    

Explain in one sentence what it is you do.

I work as the 6th Judicial Circuit's council coordinator for the Family Violence Coordinating Council, which works to establish a forum to share and discuss information in order to promote a coordinated response to family violence in our communities.

What was the first job you held?

My first real job involved a long, hot summer after high school spent standing in one spot for eight hours, counting plastic containers of pantyhose. I thought about that job each time I felt like skipping a class that fall.

Tell me about your favorite pet.

My home is dominated by a minute but mighty Jack Russell Terrier named Pearl. I also live with a fascinating waffle and maple syrup-loving cat named Perry.

What did you have for lunch today? Where? With whom?

I had a burger with caramelized onions and a ton of goat cheese on a toasted homemade bun and some spring greens with raspberry vinaigrette. At home with an envious Pearl.

What does your perfect Sunday afternoon include?

A long walk with my three sons at Allerton Park followed by watching chickens and a long talk with my mom in her little barnyard. Maybe a salty dog or two. Finding an hour or two to write and read on my front porch would make it perfect.

What is the happiest memory of your life?

Some of my fondest memories are the hundreds of hours spent reading aloud to my three sons. I kept a record each year throughout their boyhoods, and we read over 250 chapter books and many classics together. Wonderful memories.

What is the one book you read as a child that you still cherish, own or read?

So many, but one that always makes me smile is "The Little Fur Family" by Margaret Wise Brown. The wee fur person fascinated me then and now.

What would you order for your last meal?

I would have my dad's enchiladas, followed by my mom's chocolate bomb cake or maybe her butterscotch pie.

What can you not live without?

Books, music, human stories, hope.

What do you have on your iPod?

Hem, First Aid Kit, Aunt Martha, Fire on Fire, Patty Griffin, Sherwin Sleeves, Great Lake Swimmers, Imogen Heap and favorite podcasts like "Radio Ghost," "Atoms," "Motion and the Void" and "Hearing Voices."

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

"There's just one rule in life, babies, you've gotta be kind." Kurt Vonnegut.

What is your best piece of advice?

Never stop playing.

What are you currently reading?

"Ravens in Winter" by Bern Heinrich.

Do you have a bad habit?

I tend to be scattered and leave pieces of myself here and there, shedding belongings and forgetting where I left them.

How do you handle a stressful situation?

Deep breathing and remembering everyone is fighting their own internal battles.

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