frances2A big-hearted romantic, Frances Owens talks about her soft spot for sweet movies and Italian dinners in this month’s issue of 5280. But the mother of three also knows her history and politics. Weekend whereabouts: At home, catching up with my kids. I love sleeping in. She’s a sucker for: A guy who plans a surprise date, whether it’s a carriage ride downtown or a baseball game. Celebrity crush: Rob Lowe. Guilty pleasure: Caramel, caramel, and more caramel. Part of her charm: I am excessively organized.

Philosophy to live by: Helen Keller sums it up: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Dinner and an overnight stay at the White House. Last book she read: Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculée Ilibagiza. Biggest fear: That I’ll lose my children before I go. Send Frances an e-mail via