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11 Dec 2016
What is some of your favorite music?
I don't listen to music much any more. I don't have a
real genre. I don't really like rock. I enjoy old folk music
like John Denver or the Kingston trio. I like show tunes a lot (since
I'm a critic, I see a lot of musicals). I enjoy classical
music, but not as much as I used to.
Sigh. This question again. The smell of the sea,
puppy breath, and fresh ground coffee. I also like the smell of
acetone, rubbing alcohol, Vicks and gasoline.
I'm almost 74. I take lots of naps.
Chocolate or a good pastry.
I'm not really particularly creative but I do enjoy making
How much time do you have? The death of my two sons (1996
and 1999), the grieving periods following the death of my best friend and my
cousin, who was more like my sister. And right now, watching my mother's
dementia eat away her brain.
Usually exhaustion, but if I still can't sleep, I find that
Morning Joe is a great soporific, if I'm still awake at 3
a.m...unless the day's news from Trumpland is terrifying and then I won't be
able to sleep at all.
I am generally good in a crisis (I've had lots of
experience) but I have lots of personal failings, like procrastination,
inability to keep the house clean, lack of self-discipline.
Oh my yes! I write lots of letters (mostly to the 29
kids I sponsor around the world) and my granddaughters, and receive letters
from all of them. Even with her dementia, my mother is proud of the
fact that she never writes letters.
I don't know that I ever feel powerful any more.
I'd like to revisit the 1950s and find out why I thought it
was such a good time when it was not good at all for an awful lot of people
(I suspect I thought they were good because I was a young white girl living
in a white neighborhood., We weren't wealthy by any stretch of the
imagination, but if my family had money worries, I didn't know about them.
Politics was not discussed in our house, so I never knew what was going on
in the world. I lived in blissful ignorance.
pajama bottoms, t-shirt, and fuzzy socks
Neither. Immortality would be terrible. You'd
spend your entire life saying goodbye to loved ones. And, watching my
mother deteriorate at age 97, that doesn't hold any appeal for me either.
Just let me go to sleep some night and not wake up. Maybe I'll find
old friends on the other side.
Today is my day to write to all 29 kids I sponsor.
Three are in Haiti and one is in Indonesia and I worry about how they are
doing after the natural disasters to hit their countries.
My hair isn't too bad. It needs cutting right now, but
it's my best feature.
Sinking into my recliner, turning on the television, and NOT
seeing anything about Donald Trump.
Favorite book, "Prince of Tides." Favorite movie, "A Star Is Born" (1954, with Judy Garland)
Since almost all of you are women, add this question: How do you feel about beards? No bonus points. I'm curious
Walt has had a
beard for at least 40 years or more. I won't let him shave it.
We have compromised on a goatee. Does that answer your question?
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