Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of chats with local seniors about their lives, youthful aspirations, sources of pride and regret, plus a bit of wisdom to share with younger folks.

Jeanette Grimwade, 69, wants President Obama to stop sending people to war.

If she had a magic wand, she would use it to restore good health to her ailing sister-in-law, whom she will visit shortly in Australia.

During this interview, she also advised the younger generation to stay in school and follow a moral compass.

Q: How long have you lived in Fairfield?

A: Three months. Previously, eight years in Norwalk.

Q: Are you married?

A: Never.

Q: Are you retired?

A: Yes.

Q: What did you do before you retired?

A: Was a legal secretary for 13 years for a judge in the Southern District of New York.

Q: What did you want to do when you left school?

A: Work in an office.

Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?

A: Reading, knitting, movies, volunteering at Norwalk Hospital.

Q: What was a significant or defining moment in your young adulthood?

A: I answered an ad in a British newspaper. It invited me to spend a year free in America. The invitation was to be a mother's helper. I stayed for a year and never went back to England.

Q: Do you have a favorite work of art?

A: Anything by Monet. I like the dreamy quality of his works.

Q: What music do you listen to?

A: The classics as served up by the Sacred Heart University public radio station, WSHU.

Q: Do you have a favorite movie?

A: "Gone With the Wind."

Q: Do you have a favorite actor, actress?

A: Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep.

Q: What TV show do you watch regularly?

A: "The East Enders," a British soap opera laced with comedy.

Q: What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

A: Klondike bars.

Q: If you could tell President Obama one thing, what would that be?

A: Stop sending people to war.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?

A: Inefficient people, especially receptionists.

Q: What achievements are you most proud of?

A: My office career.

Q: Best advice for the younger generation?

A: Stay in school; follow a moral compass.

Q: What brings you greatest joy?

A: Seeing a really good movie like "The King's Speech."

Q: What, if anything, are you greatly concerned about?

A: My health. I had a stroke at age 62.

Q: What are you looking forward to?

A: Seeing my relatives in Australia.

Q: If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for?

A: That my sister-in-law in Australia be healed and that a cure for cancer develops.

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