1: How many times have you moved house in your life, and are you happy where you are living now?
This was a tough question, but the answer is (drumroll, please) 29...not counting the car !!! Many of those places were while living with others (parents, in-laws, sister...), but I have purchased (and sold) homes 4 times. We own the townhouse we live in now, and I love it. I have a beautiful view of a pond out behind the house where I get to see beautiful sunsets and an ever-changing panorama of wildlife, weather, and nature's bounty. Despite recent incidents, my home has a peaceful feel to it, and I am enmeshed in the community.
2: You write so beautifully! do you have any plans to write a book?
Donnie, you are a charmer, you! Actually I am a published author already, though my work has been in the field of engineering, academia, and - twice - poetry. I have two books in the works which have been stalled due to my bad habit of overscheduling myself. The first book is based on the people and events around King Philip's War (1675-6) in which there was a horrible and bloody uprising between the Plymouth colonists and the son of Massasoit, who was the Wampanoag sachem who celebrated the first "Thanksgiving" with the bewildered and starving colonists. I wrote an academic piece about this and really want to finish my historical novel based on those events.
My other book is based on the murder of my cousin in 1982. In the book I change the names (because her death was officially ruled a suicide in an effort to hush things up and get it closed), but I imagine the killers being brought to trial, with the story of my cousin's life woven throughout. I really want to finish this one, too. Something has to give in my life, though. I am so overbooked!
3: You love films, list your top 5 best films of all time...
That's a tough one, because I love so many films! Hmmm. Don't hold me to this list, but here are a few I can't live without....
- Stranger Than Fiction (I just love Emma Thompson)
- Lost in Translation (what a beautiful, understated look at the human condition!)
- Groundhog Day (what would you do if you had eternity to get it all right?)
- Bull Durham
- Gran Torino
I wish I could say that it was something wonderful and magical that changed my life, but it was something awful. My daughter was in the psych ward because she was hearing voices. She was only 14 years old. It came out in therapy that she had been sexually assaulted at age 9 on a playground. We were completely and utterly devastated and knew then that nothing would ever be the same. For all I tried (and still try) to protect my children, things can still go wrong. It was a hard lesson for me, and I blamed myself for a very long time. It changed everything.
5: What would be your absolutely perfect weekend?
A perfect weekend for me would be one in which I was at a quiet beach with still, blue waters and long stretches of white sand. I would have a marvelous pet sitter at home with the beasts and nothing pressing on my mind. The sun would be bright and warm, but not too hot. I would be halfway through a fantastic read and would tuck myself under a beach umbrella to polish it off. With the biggest thing on my mind being what to have for dinner, I would relax, relax, relax, and feel all of the tension in my muscles subside. By Sunday evening, I would be smiling, shining, and ready to sink into a restful night's sleep.
I want to thank The Brit for his wonderful questions and for taking the time to interview me!
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Oh, and now that you've read this, is it any wonder that Carol, over at The Writer's Porch, saw fit to give me this? I am deeply humbled and honored.
Thank you, Carol! I do strive for honesty, though some might think I'm nuts to do so....