One of the blogs I enjoy reading is “Abbie’s Corner of the World,” written by Abbie Taylor, who lives in Sheridan, WY. In Abbie’s latest blog post she answers some questions about herself. You can find her blog here:
Photo: Lynda in Venice, Italy
How tall are you?
I am 5 ft. 3 inches. I stand CONFIDENTLY in my own skin. I think our height is a perception that we create by how we carry ourselves and how we speak and look at other people.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
I want to know that someone will tell me the truth and when I find that I was misled into believing something that was not accurate, it is disappointing to me. If it is not the full truth, then it is a lie. There is no such thing as a “white” lie. To speak anything other than the truth is deceitful and this is one of the things that put a red flag up in my mind immediately. It is downright insulting to me. I never want anyone to tell me what they think I want to hear, but I expect them to be fully forthcoming with me.
What’s your favorite food?
I could eat eggplant every day. Eggplant Parmesian; Egglplant on pizza; Eggplant mixed with hummus; Eggplant broiled, and anything else that could be made from Eggplant. One of my FAVORITE WORDS is AUBERGINE, which is French for Eggplant.
I am a vegetarian and I love to eat the colorful and delicious fruits and vegetables in season. My grocery shopping goes quickly as I shop the outside edge of the grocery store.
Do you have a pet?
I cannot image my life without animals. I have 2 dogs and 4 cats – all rescued. By nature, I am nurturer. I love to take care of my pets, my family, and my home.
Photo: Effie Pearl in her NEST.
What books do you like to read?
I read almost no fiction. My preference is first of all, contemporary poetry. I enjoy memoirs and biographies about notable people in art, literature, music, and philosophy. I am a passionate lover of Greek Mythology and I enjoy doing research on literary works and doing conference presentations and writing academic papers on topics I am researching.
If you could only drink one beverage besides water for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Cranberry Juice mixed with ginger ale.
What kinds of movies do you like to watch?
I seldom watch a movie. I have never been much interested in movies.
Movies that recreate a story based on actual life experiences.
I have no interest in sex or violence in films. My interest is in films with deep philosophical content, but really I prefer to read the book rather than watch a reenactment of a book. I do, however, love live theater and dance performances. My preference is for contemporary forms of theater and dance.
What extracurricular activities did you participate in when you were in high school?
Very few. I am not a “group activity” type of personality. I like to be off making art, reading or writing, or thinking about projects I envision. I do enjoy solitude where those activities can be experienced. In high school, my main passion was reading “beat” poetry and it was there that I first fell in love with Shakespeare. The only classes that held any interest for me was English literature. I never had art classes in high school because somehow there was never “room” on my schedule.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
On this question, I will plot out a fantasy plan. It is obvious this is something I have thought about a lot over the years.
I’d like to experience a year that would be divided up in this way:
January, February and March – Puerto Rico
April and May – Venice, Italy
June, July and August, Salzburg, Austria
September, October and November – Western Pennsylvania
December – Salzburg, Austria (It has always been my dream to be in Austria for the Christmas season.)
Photo: San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2013
What would you like to leave behind as a legacy?
I am a DREAMER and high achiever. So, I would want to pass along a legacy that reflects how I feel about higher education, art and literature. Below are three DREAM legacies I would want to leave behind for others.
1. I would like to provide scholarships for young students to go to Europe.
2. I would like to provide scholarships for non-traditional women to pay for their university expenses – for Fine Arts majors only.
3. I would like to provide scholarships for university students from a low-income family. The student must be pursing a degree in English Literature or a Bachelor of Fine Arts. The scholarships would be given to them at the beginning of their final year of study if they have attained a GPA of 3.5 or above.
Now you know more about me and if you have a BLOG, I would love to pass this challenge on to you so I can know more about you, too. Please write your answers to the questions and post it on your blog. Then, put a link to your blog in the “comments” section here and I will find your response.
Please skip, modify, or add questions of your own design. I used Abbie’s questions. I look forward to learning from you.
Lynda McKinney Lambert is the author of
“Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage.”
It is a collection of poems, drawings, and commentaries written over a ten-year period while traveling in Europe with her students during the summer months, as well as work written from her home in the Village of Wurtemburg, in Western Pennsylvania.
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