Today in My History

2000:  I Survived Mothers Day
2001:  No entry--in England
2002:  Move Over, Mr. Blackwell
2003:  Lame Duck
2004:  The Bionic Woman
2005:  What Big Teeth You Have
2006 Mothers

2007: With Six Do You Get Egg Roll?
2008:  A Dose of Reality
2009:  Cannibalism
2010:  Our Daughter, the Carpenter
2011:  The Brave Little Tailor!
2012: Now This is Just Silly
2013: Jack Bauer Lives

2014: Why Reading the News Makes Me Cry
2015: Today at Logos
2016: Sunday Stealing
2017: Mothers Day
2018: The New San Francisco
2019: On Being 11
A Whole Lotta Shakin'
2021: Saturday 9

Books Read in 2022
 Updated 5/8
"Earth Abides"
George Stewart
(book #23 in 2022)

My family

Bev's 65 x 365

Books Read in 2022
Books Read in 2021
Books Read in 2020

Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2016
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010

Cast (updated 7/21)


Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piñata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?

mail to Walt / mail to Bev

15 May 2022

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 From This Side of the Pond




1. Where do you get your news these days?
I'm one of those bad people who gets most of my news from TV, mostly MSNBC, CNN or PBS.  I've tried watching FOX to get the other side, but it just makes me angry.

2. Do you like crab meat? What makes you crabby?
Anyone who has read this journal for any length of time knows that I LOVE crab, mostly Dungeness crab.  As for what makes me crabby, watching the news!

3. Does freedom mean more choices? Have you ever felt there were too many choices? Elaborate.
Not sure freedom means more choices.  It means the right to make your own choices, whatever they might be. 

4. Barbara Millicent Roberts was introduced to the world on March 9, 1959...that's Barbie to most of us. Did you have Barbies as a kid, or did you let your own children play with Barbies? What well known Barbara (living or not) would you most like to meet?
I grew up before Barbie was born.  I didn't want Jeri to have a Barbie, because I preferred baby dolls, but I think I eventually got one for her.  As for the Barbara I'd like to meet, my natural inclination would be not Barbara, but Barbra (Streisand), but I suspect I would not like her if I met her in person.

5. What are three things you value most in another person?
* Their sense of humor
* Their compassion
* Their personality that matches my own.

6. How would you define “old.” At what age is a person old?
I don't think you can define "old." I knew a man who died at 102 who was not old (and who still read a book or two every day), and know many people who are "old" in their 60s.  I remember a patient we had at the gyn office, who was a very old woman who came in every week or two for some sort of procedure.  I checked her age and it was 72, the age my mother-in-law, at the same time, was traveling around the world.  That said, I will be 80 on my next birthday and that sounds "old" to me.

7. A place you’ve been that’s “old.” Tell us something about your visit there.

The oldest place we've been was Skara Brae, in Orkney, which is older than Stonehenge and the great pyramids.  A stone village was discovered in 1850 and scientists guess that people were living there for around 650 years from 3180 BC  to 2500 BC.  The amazing thing is how similar the houses seemed to be to the houses we have now, except, of course, that everything was stone.

8. Something you miss about the “good old days.” When were they?
My "good old days" would have been the 1950s, when I was growing up in San Francisco.  So many bad things were happening in the world at that time, but I was blissfully unaware of them and life just seemed perfect.  I miss the care my mother took of me.

9. In what way are you a 'chip off the old block'? Or if you'd rather, in what way is your child a 'chip off the old block'?
It bothers me how many qualities of my father and grandmother I have. I see pieces of me in my kids and that makes me feel good.

10. Old fashioned, Old Testament, old timer, same old same old, old glory, good old boy, old wives tale...choose an 'old' phrase that relates to something in your life or the wider world currently and explain.
If you live long enough, you realize that life is really all "same old, same old."  Or in other words, life is all "juice and crackers."

11. July 5th is National Hawaii Day...have you ever been to Hawaii? Any desire to visit or make a return trip? Pineapple, mango, or guava...what's your pleasure?
I think I've been to Hawaii 3 times, the first time when I graduated from high school and went with my mother and grandmother and the other two (or 3) times with Walt.  Walt grew up on Oahu and so when we sight see there, we look for the little league field, the store he used to climb on, the hill he raced down, and the schools he and his siblings attended.  My preference in fruits would be pineapple.  Nothing better than a fresh piece of pineapple in the morning!

12. Last time you were 'thrown in at the deep end'? Explain.
I agreed to be a theater critic in 2000, with zero qualifications or training.  But the editor of the paper knew I liked to go to theater, and that I had written other things for the paper, so I got thrown in at the deep end.  It took several years before I felt comfortable as a critic, but I did the job for 20 years, so I guess I did all right.

13. Sun, sea, sand, salt...your favorite when it comes to summer?
Salt?  How is salt a summer favorite?  Mine would be sea...somewhere in a house overlooking the ocean where you can hear the waves and smell the salt water.

14. Bury your head in the sand, the sands of time, draw a line in the sand, pound sand, shifting sands...pick one and tell us how the phrase currently relates to your life in some way.
When you write a journal like this you are constantly sifting through the sands of time, remembering the past and bringing it into the present.

15. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = make your own rules and 10 = like a warden), how strict were your parents? If you're a parent where on the scale do you land?
My parents were closer to 10 than I was. I was probably more a 6, maybe a 4 for the older kids because I always knew where they were -- at the theater.


This is so sweet!  A bouquet delivered from Chewy,
from where I have ordered Polly's food for the last several years.
When I cancelled the account, they sent me flowers and condolence.

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