Studioenp: Pepsi or Coke—or something else?
Miski: When I drink cola it’s definitely Pepsi. I haven’t been a fan of Coke since they changed the formula (for those who remember New Coke). Even when they allegedly changed it back it has never been the same again. My mainstay drink is ginger ale.
Studioenp: Yum! Ginger ale is lush. Which season do you like best and why?
Miski: My favourite season is spring. It’s a time of renewal and restart. The weather is pleasant—not too hot or too cool, and everything is in full bloom.
Studioenp: Yeah, spring is nice, as is autumn. Looking forward to autumn right now—thus summer’s heat…phew! What’s your fondest childhood memory?
Miski: Wow. I have so many. When my husband and I were children, we used to always get into trouble together. He and I were the oldest in our families and as such, were supposed to set the example for the younger ones. Our families used to picnic and barbeque in Riverside Drive Park neat the George Washington Bridge. We were exploring (as we called it) and found a wild peach tree. We climbed in the tree and ate so many of those green peaches we were sick for a week. It was great! My mom couldn’t believe I was such a tomboy, and I couldn’t understand her dilemma. He and I still laugh about those “adventures” today and wonder how we got out of some of them alive
Studioenp: Hahah! Childhood sweethearts…aww. Do you have a best friend—who is it?
Miski: My best friend Taliah, who is also a childhood friend. We met when she moved to New York from North Carolina. We don’t see each other often these days, but we stay in touch and can pick up where we left off like it was yesterday.
If I can, I want to say something about the best friend I had in life, my aunt Louise. Louise was an out and proud lesbian when they would throw stones at you. She was an amazing athlete as a young woman and my biggest cheerleader. I think she would be equally amazed at the progress the LGBTQ community has made. I know she would have married her partner. When I think I can’t make a scene come together, I know it’s her voice that I hear in my head.
Studioenp: Well, now. That brought a lump to the throat. Hug. Do you have any quirks?
Miski: I think I am such a mish-mash of styles and ideas that I am a quirk personified.
Studioenp: LOL. Post-it notes or notebook?
Miski: Notebook. I hate when I lose those little pieces of paper, especially if I wrote something important on it so—notebook.
Studioenp: Yeah, and they stick where they shouldn’t. What do you do to relax?
Miski: I listen to music while I read, knit, crochet or sew.
Studioenp: Lovely! Perfect three-course meal?
Miski: Appetizer: Caesar salad with tomatoes. Main Course: Grilled lamb chops with asparagus and brown rice. Desert: Pound cake covered with chocolate ice cream.
Studioenp: Yummy! Sound delicious. What type of music do you enjoy?
Miski: I like it all at times, depending on my mood, but my go-to favourites are jazz (think Joe Sample, Grover Washington Jr., Earl Klugh, Bob James) jazz fusion (think Kenny G., Jeff Lorber) and Rhythm & Blues.
Studioenp: A great mixture. Do you dance like no one’s watching?
Miski: All the time!
Studioenp: Hooray! Well, once again it’s been fab having you here. Congratulations on your first release today, and may you have many sales.
Dear readers, today’s offering is Miski’s perfect three-course meal. Tuck in, why don’t you, and leave with a bursting belly!