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QUILTS FOR KATRINA
8 September 2005
I was invited to join a group called writingwomyn, which I consider a big honor. There don't seem to be a lot of rules, other than that you have to be invited, and there is one collab entry a month. This month's collab is 20 questions, so here are my answers:
where ya from, sweet thing?
Born and raised (till age 18) in San Francisco, which I still call
"home," even though I've lived away from the city longer than I lived in it.
I love San Francisco, but it's not the city I grew up in any more. I
love to go to high places and look at the vista. I wouldn't want to live there again
(even if I could afford it!).
1 husband, 2 dogs, and a fluctuating number of foster dogs, puppies,
Judy Garland. I don't know that she was a heroine exactly,
but I sure had a big crush on her. I once asked my mother to put me in an orphanage
so Judy could adopt me. I suppose if you go with heroines, it would be St.
Teresa of Lisieux. Like a good Catholic girl, I read all those saint biographies and
had the bizarre notion that I wanted to be a cloistered nun just like St. Teresa.
Bwahahaha. Fortunately, I got over that.
1) My mother. If I could have her optimism, her excitement about
life, her openness, and 1/10th of her cleanliness gene, I would be a much better
recommend two books everyone should read, two albums everyone should listen to, and two movies everyone should see, and tell us why theyre so awesome.
That one is easy. I met Steve Schalchlin, who was the 5th person to
ever start writing a journal on the Internet. After reading his journal for awhile, I decided I could do that.
And the rest is history
"You can only make a difference when you care." (Which,
coincidentally is from a song in Steve's first show).
Seems to me I've been caring for kids or foreigners or dogs most of my life.
I do medical transcription at home, and am a part-time theatre critic.
I love photography and am still trying to perfect PhotoShop. I
used to do scrapbooking until I discovered digital photography. Now I do slide
Still sitting here in this office -- older, fatter, greyer.
Eat better, exercise more, brush & floss regularly, stay in college.
Excuse me? Don't you mean how about them Giants?
Anybody who reads my journal regularly knows that my hottest button is gay
rights and especially equality for everyone, but at the moment, my hot button is the
inefficiency of federal government in responding to Hurricane Katrina.
Never. I am no longer in grammar school and I no longer have to do
%$#@ story problems.
1) I'm left-handed
give us a quote, a song lyric, a stanza of poetry or something similar that speaks to you.
I've heard it said
some fluff: whats your favorite television show and if you dont watch it, whats your favorite book?
Well, so many of my favorites have now gone off the air, or are changing
significantly, like Queer as Folks, Six Feet Under (in the going off the
air category) and West Wing and E.R. (in the changing significantly
category). But the shows I watch most regularly are Whose Line Is It Anyway?
(in reruns), Jeopardy and The Daily Show..and I can't wait for Lost
to start up again.
I'd like to say that I'd sacrifice myself for them, but I don't think any
of us knows how we'd react in any situation until we are actually faced with that choice.
I think that the anguish of survivors of atrocities shows that (think Sophie's
It was at U.C. Davis's Whole Earth festival. Lawsuit was performing, and
assigned to one of the "lesser" stages, hidden away behind a building.
When we got there to set up, the band preceding them was playing. There was a sparce
crowd and a couple of people dancing. That band finished and Lawsuit began to set
up. I stood on the path opposite the stage so I could take photos. As I stood
there, people began to pour into the area. It was so packed there were
people lining three all balconies of the building, standing 4 deep behind me, and sitting
in trees. The plaza was filled with people dancing and cheering. When Lawsuit
finished and the next band was getting ready to set up, the crowd completely disappeared
and there was only a handful of people waiting for the next band. I was so very,
very proud of the kids that day! (They were never put on a "lesser" stage
again, but became one of the headline bands.)
There have been two consistent passions throughout my life: writing and photography. I'm not terrific at either of them, but no matter where I am or who I'm with or what I'm doing, I'll either be taking photographs or composing something to write when I get back home again.
P.S. I love it that you refer to "journals" instead of "blogs."
And then there's this lovely commentary by the only member of the Bush family I thought I almost liked.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Another squirrel picture