Sunday, June 3, 2012

you're "it"

This week, in addition to revising an essay for an up-coming conference, moving ahead on my WIP, and preparing a talk for a meeting this weekend...I was invited by Lisa at to join a game of tag. I like games, but there's only so much one can accomplish in one week. So, instead of laboring over my post this week, I decided, instead, just to play along...
...and you can, too.

These are THE RULES:

I have to answer the eleven questions that Lisa posted, come up with eleven questions of my own, and tag eleven people to answer my questions. So here goes nothing:
  1. Do you like your first name? Why? I never really liked my name, and I have no idea how my parents decided on it. As a child I wanted to be Gwynne--something medieval and Celtic sounding.
  2. What is your favorite TV show? Why? I literally NEVER turn the TV on except to listen to the weather report if I know that stormy weather is in the forecast. But if I had to watch a TV show, it might be "Chopped"--even though I hate to cook.
  3. What is the greatest life lesson you've learned? Not to worry about things over which I have no control. Not to worry, period.
  4. Who is your favorite author? Elizabeth Berg (Talk Before Sleep) for quick reads, but really? Ann Patchett (Bel Canto and State of Wonder). Or maybe Anne Lamott, or Anna Quinlen, or Martha Beck, or Sue Monk Kidd, or...oh, I give up...
  5. If you could buy a pair of shoes, what kind of shoes would they be?  Comfortable...and I'd but them in every color.
  6. Twilight. Love it or leave it? You mean the real thing? I love it when the sun sets and the fireflies come out...
  7. What's your favorite hobby? Anything that has to do with being outdoors.
  8. Are you a fan of eggs? What kind? Not a huge fan except in a nicely turned omelet.
  9. Where is the most exotic place you've traveled? To Tanzania on a recent medical mission where we visited the Tarangire National Park.

    10.  What's the worst thing you've ever eaten? Wildebeest. See #9...
    11.  Can you keep a houseplant alive? My sun room is a jungle.

Now that you know a little more about me, here is my list of questions for you:
  1. What are you most excited about in your life right now*?
  2. What is it that gets you down?
  3. If you had a million dollars, what is the first thing you'd use it for?
  4. Do you believe in the power of prayer? Why or why not?
  5. What is your one big regret?
  6. What or whom are you most grateful for in your life right now*?
  7. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
  8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Why?
  9. Are you a loner or a groupie? Why?
  10. Thunderstorm or snowstorm, if you had to pick? Why?
  11. What is one thing you feel you must still accomplish in your life?
                                *from "Empowering Questions"

Any or all of you can come along and join the fun. Answer these questions, come up with eleven of your own, and tag eleven people to answer yours. I'd like to hear from everybody, but since I can only tag eleven of you, I'd especially love to hear what these folks have to say:

Tina @
Susan @
E. J. @
Sylvia @
Delores @
Peter @
Arlee @
Deidra @
Christine @
Debra @

Thanks, everyone. Have a great week!
"Dwell in possibility."
--Emily Dickinson--
In my next post, I'll share something I've learned about retraining my ear for better writing.


  1. good questions, good answers.....

  2. wow--you don't worry---that's the best thing on you list--i love it--and i love that ending quote :)

  3. Thanks, Jan, for tagging me. I love your answer to twilight. I wish I could find the secret to the 'don't worry' thing.