Familiar Faces: Meet Ann Bliss

July 28, 2013 by  
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Familiar faces: Ann Bliss

Ann Bliss is a psychotherapist and founding member of Seacoast Area Renewable Energy Initiative (SEAREI) which strives to build community one solar panel at a time. Learn more at searei.org.

Where were you born? New York City. Brooklyn. I moved to New Hampshire in 1971 to create a living off the land community. I moved to Portsmouth in 1990 to be closer to my work.

Do you think there are differences between men and women? Sure — they look at life through different lenses, just as different cultures do.

Do you feel like women should be eligible for the draft? Yes. I don’t think war (which I hate) is necessarily a masculine thing. I feel like women can deal with adversity better than men and that women are stronger — physically and emotionally.

Do you feel like war would exist in a war without men? Maybe not. We would probably be talking and negotiating more and shooting less.

Do you believe in global warming? Yes, but climate disruption is how I think of it.

What steps can the average person take to end climate disruption? Use more solar energy, dry your clothes outside, walk, bike, and use public transportation, reuse, compost, and consume less.

Do you like to shop? I’m not a big shopper. I like to go shopping in my garden, and I also like going to thrift stores to buy my clothes.

Do you believe in life after death? Sure. I believe in reincarnation. I’m spiritual but not religious. I grew up in a household that was Jewish culturally, but not religiously.

What do you like best about Portsmouth? I love everything about Portsmouth — the walkability, the strength of the sustainability community … I love just walking around here. People take pride in their property and it feels safe. I do wish we didn’t have so many large hotels, and that we could focus on public transportation and wider bike trails rather than building more parking lots.

What’s your favorite color? Purple.

Any tips for a cozy home? Lots of plants and art that matters. I hang paintings by my friends and grandmother.

Photograph and interview by Julien Aklei. Contact her at julien@julienaklei.com.

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