13 February 2022
Hi! 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!
stolen from the New York Times
1. Given the choice
of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
I know this question has been asked before, but since I finally figured out who
I really want to have as dinner guests, I decided to include it. I
want to invite the Levy family -- Eugene Levy and his two kids David and
daughter Sarah, all of whom were in Schitts Creek. I think I could
just sit back and listen to them chat with each other.
2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?
Good lord, NO. At least not like Hollywood famous. I wouldn't mind
being known for having written something, but that's not likely to happen, other
than in Davis (where, now that I've given up being a theater critic, I am
getting lots of wonderful comments about how people have enjoyed my reviews)
3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to
I don't believe so, unless it's for a business that I want to be precise about,
but I can't remember the last time that happened.
4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
Waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee after a good night of sleep.
Finding that someone went and got donuts for breakfast. Letters to answer
in the morning, a nice nap at noon, writing or TV-watching in the afternoon, a
nice dinner, a night full of programs I want to watch on TV or getting involved
in a good book. Falling asleep without much trouble.
5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
I have sung and been in choirs most of my life, but several years ago, my voice
just stopped working. I can't carry more than a few notes now and it's
very frustrating not to be able to sing along with songs I enjoy.
6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or
body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
My mother just died this week, at age 102, having suffered from Alzheimers for
the last several years, so I have seen both the death of the mind and the
problems with the body and I would definitely choose retaining the mind.
Also, I have no desire to live to 100.
7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?
I've always had this feeling that a semi truck is going to roll over me on the
freeway, but I hope when I go to sleep at night, that death will come while I'm
sleeping and won't be aware of it.
8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.
* a sense of humor
* enjoyment of theater
* our five children
9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
I am grateful to Walt for all that he does and for putting up with me.
I am grateful that our kids are so supportive. I am so grateful to Ned
for...pretty much everything, and grateful to Jeri, who wants to be here, but
can't, but checks in by video every day and by phone calls at least once a
week...and travels here whenever she can. I am grateful that Tom is as
supportive as Ned, taking care of his father-in-law, who lives with them.
10. If you could
change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
I would like to have had a father who was not bi-polar. They hadn't
defined "bi polar" when I was a kid, but looking back on it, that's definitely
what he was.
11. Describe your life in one paragraph.
I was born and raised in San Francisco, moved to Berkeley in 1961 and worked,
married, and give birth to 5 children in Oakland. Moved to Davis in 1973
where I founded the first La Leche League group here and wrote several newspaper
columns. I have been involved in writing and theater and our kids'
activities. I have traveled more around the world than I ever expected.
Lost my mother this week.
12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability,
what would it be?
The ability to understand math.
13. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the
future or anything else, what would you want to know?
The details of Paul's death.
14. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why
haven’t you done it?
Traveling to Africa. I haven't done it because Walt's not interested and
it's too expensive. I can't do it now because my body couldn't handle it.
15. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?