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!
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.