9 February 2020
Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This
feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types
of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we
will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past
hosts include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all
of us thieves!
Is it more important to love or be loved?
According to the Wizard of Oz, "A heart is not judged by how much you love, but
by how much you are loved by others."
2. If you had the chance to go back in time and change one thing would you do
My answer to this question has always been no, because everything that has
happened to me would be different if I could change something in the past.
The temptation would be to say I would change the deaths of David and Paul, but
that would mean giving up some very good things that happened as a result of
their deaths. (I would never have met
3. If a doctor gave you five years to live, what would you try to accomplish?
I have no more bucket list items to accomplish. I married well, had great
kids, had a couple of good jobs, wrote a couple of books, and made a difference
in the world in a few ways. I've had some wondrous, joyous times.
That's what counts. I'd just try to die well.
4. What is the difference between innocence and ignorance?
Innocent is free from guilt, or immorality. Ignorant is unknowledgeable or
uneducated. Trump is ignorant, and definitely not innocent.
5. What is the simplest truth you can express in words?
This too shall pass.
6. What gives your life meaning?
7. Can there be happiness without sadness? Pleasure without pain? Peace
Probably not. Perhaps the negative helps us appreciate the positive.
8. What’s the one thing you’d like others to remember about you at the end of
9. Is there such a thing as perfect?
No. How boring would that be.
10. What do you love most about yourself?
I don't think about that much. I don't know.
11. Is it more important to do what you love or to love what you are doing?
If you do what you love, you'll love what you are doing!
12. What do you imagine yourself doing ten years from now?
I will be 87 and hopefully not looking forward to being 100. I can't
imagine doing anything different from what I'm doing now.
13. What small act of kindness were you once shown that you will never forget?
I mentioned it recently. When Ned and I had our heads shaved to raise
money for child's cancer research, our neighbor, with whom I had a terrible
disagreement decades ago that ruined my neighborhood relationships, took a
collection of all the neighbors and gave us $300. I couldn't believe it.
It still brings me to tears to remember it.
14. To what degree have you controlled the course your life has taken?
I don't know. Out of high school, I planned to enter the convent, and then
changed my mind, so my father ordered me to go to UC Berkeley and get a teaching
degree, when I knew I hated teaching and only wanted to do something
secretarial. But I did eventually get a secretary job with the university,
still my favorite job. I wanted to have a family and definitely did that.
I think I did many things that were my decision, for good or ill.
15. If you looked into the heart of your enemy, what do you think you would
find that is different from what is in your own heart?
I don't know that I have anyone in my life I would consider an "enemy."
But I suspect that an "enemy" would be just as passionate about her views as I
am about mine. The question is whether we can listen to each other