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Arthur Strawbridge, 58, Newtown Square
Head of School, Crossroads School

Book on his night stand: A Mind at a Time by Mel Levine. The Crossroads School is sponsoring a two-day presentation by this award-winning author in April, 2008, as part of its 30-year anniversary celebration.

iPod tunes on repeat: “Froggie Went a Courtin.” I have eclectic musical tastes and particularly like old American folk songs.

Restaurant of the hour: None in particular. I prefer summer grilling at home.

Personal hero: Abraham Lincoln—for his compassion, dedication and ability to see the big picture.

One thing he knows for sure: That hard work pays off. In my experience, thorough preparation and extra effort have made all the difference.

Very own vici: My ability to stay focused on the traditional values so important in family and school life, and my role as a proud father and school leader.

Zen destination: The beach—for total relaxation and endless horizons.

If he had an extra hour each day, he would: Read, read, read.

Pet peeve: An almost universal decline in graciousness and good manners.

Life view: chance or fate? Through preparation and hard work, I believe you can create your opportunities. But there is no doubt that timing can be a key factor.

Quality he admire most in others: Courage and honesty.

Most marked characteristic: An ability to be a patient listener. I try to be steady and fair.

Mantra: Carpe diem—seize the day!

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