In reading various blogs I saw that I was nominated for another Liebster award back in March.  The one who nominated me was Sharon Himsl of Shells, Tails & Sails .  I love her blog – and her A to Z series was truly enjoyable, as are her other contributions.  I don’t know why or how I missed it – I could find no reference to it around the time it was done – but I certainly meant no snub after such a compliment.
The questions were enjoyable, and the eleven facts about me were fun to gather, so  I’m posting them here.  If you don’t care for this sort of thing, pass on by!
Eleven questions from me:

1. What is your favorite form of recreation?

Sitting by water and swishing my feet.  Preferably off the end of a dock.  Although…  going places and looking out the window
 2. What kinds of books do you read?
I once made a list of the books I love.  It was fairly eclectic.  I could say what I don’t like, but that would offend people who do like what I don’t care for.  so…  I like books you can take in sips and savor.  I like books where you can sense the author’s heart, lose yourself in the territory of the book.  I like poetry (anthologies are good), adventure stories (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, or Watership Down) books where you find yourself moving through the dust of centuries, whether they are historical or now (Lord of the Rings).  They can be set in the past, the future or the present.  (And now, as a homiletics professor once said, ‘If you haven’t struck oil in ten minutes, stop boring!)
 3. Why did you start blogging?
I thought it might be fun to try.  I wasn’t looking to grab a following, just to put my thoughts down, rather like journaling.
 3. Do you read books on an e-reader or prefer printed books?
I prefer printed books.  I keep losing my e-reader.  It spent the better part of two months in my suitcase.  They are useful, I know – one woman said it helped her cope when her husband had surgery and she had to spend time in the hospital by his side.  …but I just lifted a brand new book, riffled the pages and caught a whiff of them.  …ah…
 4. Name two actors or authors you admire.
Robert Downey, Jr.  He had immense talent, went into a downward spiral – and pulled himself up by his bootstraps.  Elizabeth Goudge is one of my favorite authors.  One of my all-time absolutely indispensable utterly beloved and favorite books was written by her.  The Dean’s Watch.  Not her best seller.  She had a depth and lyricism to her writing that, to me, was wonderful.
 5. What makes you laugh?
Incongruity, I think.  Slapstick gets me giggling, and if someone is laughing at himself and enjoying, I can’t help joining in.
 6. Which do you prefer and why: dogs or cats?
Ah…  yes?  I have both.  Mine are very similar – loving, funny, very worried if I am sad…
 7. When or where do you feel most creative?
Always when I am somewhere that has absolutely no time or space for writing.  Having made the wisecrack, I’ll say that I feel most creative around mountains or oceans or sitting alone in a crowd with a notebook.
 8. What is your favorite fast food or snack?
Oreo cookies and milk…or…spanakopita.
 9. Do you have a special place you go to relax?
I did.  I moved.  I think I need to find another.
 10. Do you have a favorite comic strip?
I really liked Funky Winkerbean in the beginning.  Ditto Calvin & Hobbes.  I also liked PreTeena.
11. If you could travel back in time, where would you like to go?
I would love to see China during the Tang dynasty.  Or Hawaii, before it was ‘discovered’.
Eleven facts about myself
  1. I like to sit with my feet pointed to the ground and my toes curled under them (think ballerina en pointe).   It drove my grandfather mad – “You’ll break your feet!”
  2. I always wanted a horse.
  3. I love standing in the wind and watching as it tosses the treetops.
  4. In the summer, I love to lie on my back on my parents’ dock and gaze up at the stars.  (One time I looked up through infinite space, reflecting on all those millions of stars above me…then I remembered that there is no ‘up’ or ‘down’ in space, and I could as well be looking DOWN through infinity.  It made me dizzy and I had to go in.)
  5. I love damselflies.  They like to land on my toes when I’m floating on the lake in an inner tube.  I once had a blue one and a green one perched on my toes.
  6. I have hazel eyes.
  7. I write chapters in my head as I’m running errands.  Once, walking down Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, I suddenly realized that it was a good thing people could not read my mind, since I was at that moment devising a messy end for a villain.
  8. I love seeing older couples walking hand in hand.  Enduring love is wonderful,
  9. I would eat wild strawberries every day if I could.
  10. I am often surprised when I look back at something that happened and realize how truly fortunate and blessed I have been.  This does not mean that I don’t want to be a best-seller or independently wealthy.
  11. My favorite flower is a rose.  (Lilacs don’t count because they are trees.)

Ach, du Liebster!

I would like to thank Jill Haugh at I Had a Little Nut Tree for being  generous enough to award me the  Liebster Award.  I’m happy to post the image here (look below) and answer her questions.

But first something about Jill.  I came across her blog when I followed her from a comment on one of mine – it was one of the ‘Small Celebrations’ posts, my first, I think, which made me very much aware of the enjoyment, talent and sheer amazingness (coining words) that I have encountered among bloggers.  Her writing is most enjoyable, her blog posts almost always make me think and smile (and, often laugh).  Thank you, Jill!

Here are my answers to her eleven questions:

1.      What was your favorite book when you were eleven?
     The Boy’s King Arthur, adapted by Sidney Lanier.  It was a nicely illustrated edition, had the archaic language that Lanier kept in from Thomas Mallory’s work (Thou stinkest all of the kitchen!)  I had no trouble with the language, by the way, and it has served me as a good example of why we really don’t have to ‘dumb down’ books for youngsters.  I also liked Albert Payson Terhune’s collie stories.
2.      What did you want to be when you grew up?

A knight.  Riding a big dapple gray horse.  Imagine my disappointment when I learned that (a) there are no knights now, and (b) girls weren’t supposed to be knights.  At which point I mentioned Joan of Arc.  There was talk of my wanting a pony.  I rejected that with scorn.  If I couldn’t have that dapple gray charger I wanted a big chestnut stallion:  Man o’ War, to be exact.

3.      What was your first Barbie? (or Ken/ GI Joe as the case may be.)
      She had a blonde ponytail and plastic eyelashes.  I learned quickly that messing with dolls’ hair gave them messy hair.  She never looked right after that.
4.      What was your favorite TV. show from when you were a kid?
      Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.  My parents would set up a card table in front of the TV and we children would sit there of a Sunday night, eat our dinner and watch.  I also liked Fury, Lassie and Mighty Mouse.
5.      How old were you at the time of your first (real) kiss?
      I was seventeen years old.
6.      Where was it?

In my dorm room.  I was sitting on my bed, chatting.  I learned what you do with your noses.

7.      What was your most embarrassing grammar school moment?
      The day I showed up in school without my underpants.  I was in kindergarten at the time. 
8.      What was the first album (or CD) you ever bought with your own money?
      I *think* it was Teaser and the Fire Cat by Cat Stevens. 
9.      When did you first learn about sex?
      After learning about eins, zwei, drei, vier, and fünf. 
10.  Did you ever walk in on Mummy and Daddy doing it?
      I sure did.  I couldn’t’ sleep, and I walked into the living room at nine years of age to find Mom and Dad setting up the Christmas Tree and putting gifts under it, all of them from Santa!  I was utterly stunned and it took me a long time to get over it.  It still makes me tear up. 
11.  What was your proudest childhood achievement?
Performing in my dance recital in a tutu.  I was taken to an Ice Cream Parlour (yes, they had a ‘u’ there) and treated to a hot fudge sundae to commemorate it!

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I am expected to tap bloggers and present my questions.  Before I do so, allow me to post a disclaimer.  I will still follow your blog and like you if you can’t respond.  I certainly won’t tell anyone.

My nominees have been notified and we’ll see if they respond.

My questions for the Nominees have to do with the things we always dream about:


1.         Quickly: you have twenty-four hours to set up the itinerary of the dream trip of your life.  Where would you go?  (Details of flights and such can be handled later)


2.         What is the one little luxury you can’t live without?


3.         What little luxury would you love to add to your daily routine?


4.         You have just come into a lot of money.  Now you can buy a really special gift for someone who has meant very much to you.  Who is he/she, and what would the gift be?

5.         A floor-to-ceiling library crammed with every book you have ever loved; a home on the shore of a splendid lake with mountains around it; a 1930 Deusenberg roadster; an emerald necklace or a top-notch computer/internet/word processing system.  Which? 

6.         See question #5.  Why did you choose what you did?

7.         Would you rather be poked in the eye with a stick in your own back yard or choke on your Chateauneuf du Pape and splatter it all over your table mates at a state dinner?

7.         Do you remember your own most embarrassing moment (hint: the answer is ‘yes’ or ‘no’.  Elaboration though nice, is not necessary.)

8.         Tell us about the moment in the past year that made you the happiest.

9.         Would you prefer to be a monarch or the power behind the throne?

10.       What would you do if you learned that with a wave of your hand you could disable all spam senders?

11.       Quote your favorite line from a book.  Any book.  (Poems work fine, too).  You are allowed to quote yourself, but if you do so, you must post a link to the work.