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What was the last URL that you bookmarked or saved?

I used to bookmark everything it seemed, so now I rarely do. I think the last site I bookmarked were the wonderful Decorah Eagles- in Decorah Iowa. Their nest has a webcam and I was able to watch momma eagle lay 3 eggs, then watch them hatch, then grow and finally fledge. Having it bookmarked made it easy for me to find the nest a few times a day to watch the action.

Do you believe in the afterlife?  Reincarnation?

I do believe there is something after death- something after this life. There is a concept in Judaism called  Gilgul Ha Neshamot  described as a mystical (Kabbalistic) concept of reincarnation. In Hebrew, the word gilgul means “cycle” or “wheel” and neshamot is the plural for “souls.” Souls are seen to “cycle” through “lives” or “incarnations”, being attached to different human bodies over time. Which body they associate with depends on their particular task in the physical world, spiritual levels of the bodies of predecessors and so on. In addition to believing there is something after this life, this is also a concept that I believe exists.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

I do not think I am creative enough to be able to come up with a story concept and then put it on paper. I would try my hand at poetry though.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

This young boy who got up to sing at an Idina Menzel concert. 11 years old but he has something special. Take your talent and reach for the stars

If a movie was made based on your life, what actor/actress would play you?

This question made me laugh- what popped into my head was my mother in law always telling me I looked like Heather Locklear and Holly Hunter. I think Holly Hunter is an awesome actress so that would be ok with me.

If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?

Being kind to people and helpful.

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When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

I usually take my shoes off at soon as I get home. Slippers are usually what I put on, or in the summer months a pair of flip flops.

What was your favorite food when you were a child?

Macaroni and Cheese. My mother used a big green or yellow Pyrex bowl- those of a certain age will know the kind I mean, they nested one in a other and came in 5 different colors. She used elbow macaroni and made a cheese sauce which was mixed with the noodles. The best part was the bread crumb crust on the top. I don’t know what she did to make it so thick and crusty, but it was delicious. There was nothing like walking in the house after school to find that bowl cooling on the counter.

Are you a listener or talker?

I would consider myself  a listener, though I am also a talker. Wh

Favorite thing to (pick one):  Photograph?  Write? Or Cook?

My favorite thing to photograph are birds. I love capturing their beauty, especially up close where I can see the beautiful details of their colors and feathers.

What is the easiest way for your to learn something new?  By reading, by seeing and doing, in a classroom?

Seeing and doing for sure. Just reading usually doesn’t work for me.

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Would you rather live where it is always hot or always cold?

The older I become the less tolerance I have for the cold. I would much rather live in a place that is always warm, but as for now I am remaining in a state that has four seasons, and where cold seems to hang around much longer than warm.

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself?

My hair is a “medium” length I suppose. I have worn it short, but these days prefer it a bit longer. I can remember a time when you reached a certain age it didn’t seem “appropriate” to have longer hair- but I don’t think it matters so much anymore.

What is your favorite month of the year?

June! Summer arrives, school ends!

What is the easiest way for your to learn something new?  By reading, by seeing and doing, in a classroom?

By seeing and then doing. It is hard for me to grasp something just by reading it.

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Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink?

I drink a lot of water and that is always my go to drink to stay hydrated. It counteracts all the coffee I consume which dehydrates!

Complete this sentence:  Never In My Life Have I…. 

Bungee jumped, rappelled down a mountain, ridden in a helicopter, jumped out of an airplane, to name a few nevers and never will happen.

If you could be given any gift what would it be? 

The gift of good health. Without it, life can be so difficult and challenging.

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something productive?

I make up outfits in my head. I go through my closet mentally, putting together skirts and sweaters, thinking about what outfits I might wear the next day.

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What is the most incredible natural venue that you’ve ever seen in person?

Nothing immediately came to mind when I read this question. On a trip to New Hampshire I was in awe of the mountains and waterfalls, in California the giant redwoods in Muir Woods, the ocean as the sun rises over it, which has moved me to tears at times.DSCN6381

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order? 

I am the oldest of 4 children. My brother came next and then two sisters. My brother died two years ago, I wrote about him here

 If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

A flat shoe with some sparkle.shoeWhy? Because flat makes it comfortable and as I always say, I was built for comfort- I am not a “roughing it” kind of girl. Sparkly because I like to keep life interesting by trying new things and changing things up which add sparkle to life.

What is the strangest/weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

I am not an adventurous eater. I grew up being taught to try something once and then you can say you don’t like it, but you can’t just turn your nose up to something because of the way it looks or smells. I tried sweet breads as a child without being told what they were and liked them, but then found out what they were and was pretty turned off.

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If you wanted to de-clutter where you live, what room / space would you start with?  (And why, if you’re feel like admitting to it.)

My mother used to say we spend half our lives collecting things and the other half getting rid of them. I have to to agree with that sentiment. Over the last year I have begun to get rid of the excess that takes up space in my closets and on my shelves, the collections that I no longer care to collect. My husband is loathe to throw things away, always fearing he will need it for something someday. If I had forgotten I had an item when I come upon it, I really no longer need to keep it. Our basement became the repository for all things not needed but not ready to be thrown away- so I started there. I made a pretty good dent in cleaning it out over the summer and when I have a free day will continue

If you want to remember something important, how do you do it (sticky note on the fridge, string around your finger, etc.), and does it work?

It gets written on the calendar in my kitchen and I usually write it down on a list. I am a great keeper of lists, adding, crossing off, and finally throwing away when a task is complete or the shopping is done.

If you could create a one room retreat just for yourself, what would be the most important sense to emphasize:  sight (bright natural light, dim light, etc.), hearing (silence, music, fountain, etc.), smell (candles, incense, etc), touch (wood, stone, soft fabrics, etc.), or taste (herbal tea, fresh fruit, etc.)?

Sight. I need a view, I need natural light and at night prefer just one small light on, and I need the room to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye- photos, pictures. plants around me. My favorite place is working at my kitchen table with a view out my garden window.gardenwindow1

If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask?

I can only go as far back as my grandmother’s mother, she was a dressmaker and I would like to learn more about her life. She died young at age 52, the year my mother was born, from un diagnosed diabetes, and my grandmother also died young at age 62 when I was 17, so I never learned about her mother from her.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Grateful everyday for everyday, and looking forward to meeting my Aunt for lunch- I haven’t seen her in close to a year!

My Aunt and me in the selfies we have taken every year since 2011!2011-2015-collage

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Do you believe in love at first sight?

I think I do even though it was not love at first sight with my husband. When I was 16 I was immediately drawn to someone who I would become involved with for many years- it wasn’t love as much as a physical attraction.

I wrote about my first meeting with my husband here

Wedding 1991
Wedding 1991

Your first car?

The year was 1978 and I remember it like it was yesterday. A friend took me to a dealer he knew, and we spent hours in the showroom. I decided on an Oldsmobile Starfire. Back then there were a myriad of colors to choose from, as well as interior colors. I chose silver with burgundy interior. I went for air conditioning which in those days wasn’t standard, and added more onto the price. I had enough to pay for half of what the car cost, so my father came with me to the bank and co-signed a loan for me. When I paid off the two year loan I felt I was a real grown up. I was 23.


Who taught you to ride a bike? How did it go?

My father taught me. We went to the parking lot of a nearby school and he let me balance and pushed me along until I got the hang of pedaling, and off I went!schwinn

Ugly and rich or beautiful and poor?

What an interesting thought- what is beauty really? It mostly comes from the inside I believe, and then is seen on the outside, making the person rich – maybe not monetarily, but rich in who they are as a person.

What was the first dish you could cook?

I learned to make Toll House Cookies as a child- chocolate chip cookies- but have no recollection beyond that. I only began cooking after I moved into my own apartment when I was in my early 20’s.alice lisa chanuka

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