Sunday, November 16, 2008
seven odd things
Marianne tagged me to write seven odd things about myself.
l. I am allergic to curry
2.I tend to be highly sensitive to my environment: sights, sounds, smells, conversations, activities. I often have to rest after interactions with people.
3.I almost died when I was about 5. Several days after a tonsillectomy, I began to hemorrhage from my nose. Luckily we lived across the street from the hospital. I was saved.
4. I lived in San Francisco in 1967, "The Summer of Love." I saw Janis Joplin at the Avalon Ballroom, the Grateful Dead in the park. I saw Richard Brautigan in North Beach and Joan Baez in the Coffee gallery. I lived with a friend in a little Nob Hill apartment. If you stood on the windowsill you could see the bay.
5 .I was accepted in Graduate School when I was a college Senior. Out in Colorado for a Masters in Library Science. My folks said they had to pay for my brother's college (he was 4 years younger than I) and so I didn't go. I got a second chance when I was hired as a children's librarian at Cleveland Public Library. They would have paid half of my fees for an MLS degree. But I discovered the job was very boring and so I didn't take up that advantage.
6. I did go to graduate school later though for a Masters in Fine Arts Degree in Writing. Wally Lamb was a student during the same time. He is the most widely famous graduate of that program.
7. I love ice cream. Mom tells the story of me as a little kid. We were walking past the ice cream store and I asked for a cone. Mom said no. I screamed, fell on the ground kicking. Or something like that. An elderly woman walked by and said, "Oh let her have the ice cream." No Way. Now, I can't eat ice cream as the sugar causes me health problems. Moral: eat your ice cream while you may.
I invite anyone who wants to to write 7 curious things about themselves. I havent listed the rules here nor done links.
I don't know what's going on with Mom. She didn't eat dinner last night. She did eat the cukes and tomatoes though. Today, whereas she usually fixes her breakfast herself she asked me to fix it and then didnt eat it. She did get dressed though. It's sort of a threshold area where you aren't sure if she will go backwards or forwards. She only weights 100 pounds so she can't sustain too many missed meals I would think.
I glued up some books y'day though a few came out crooked. I will show them soon. Worked a bit on the well also.
On "Speaking of Faith" they interviewed Studds Terkel who died Oct 31st of this year at 96 or something. His last book will be published soon. He wrote and published 4 books while in his 90's. He talked quite a bit about death in this interview. Very good and appropriate to this time in my life.
Hope everyone is having a great Sunday.