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1. Malaak Compton-Rock

"I'd like to balance my schedule once and for all so I could sit down in a corner and read a book for 20 minutes without being interrupted. That would make me deliriously happy."

Malaak Compton-Rock, founder and director of the Angelrock Project and author of If It Takes a Village, Build One
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2. Diane Sawyer

"I would like to freeze-frame last night: dinner with my husband and stepson and daughter-in-law and some great chicken. That's all I need. And maybe a better terry-cloth bathrobe—actually, my whole family would like me to have a better terry-cloth bathrobe. The more beat-up they are, the more good memories they have, but I do look a little like the lunatic aunt from the attic."

Diane Sawyer, anchor of ABC's World News

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3. Sapphire

"I want to achieve my full artistic potential, though I don't yet know what that is. I will be 60 this year, and I've created a life that includes many good things: teaching, family, friends. But making art hasn't always been at the center of my world. I want to see what happens when I put it there. Maybe in ten years I would write ten novels!"

Sapphire, author of the novel Push, adapted for the screen as Precious

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