Share Your World #27

Cee’s questions for this week’s Share Your World:

What is your favorite month of the year?

I think there are things to like about every month, but I am affected by weather so my feelings toward one versus another tend to be related to average weather patterns.

Where I lived in the Bay Area, we had pleasant sunny weather from about March through November and I loved it.  I’d say mid-February, when the acacias started to bloom, to sometime in May, when the constant march of amazing spring turned to summer, was my favorite time there.

Here in Kentucky the winters are cold and the summers beastly.  April tends to be a peak time for the wondrous flowering bushes and trees around here, often accompanied by pleasant weather.  And I’ve always loved the Indian summer stretch in October when the trees are full of color and the temperature has dialed back.  Hard to choose between them.  April … October…  they’re both my favorite.

Do you drink coffee at all?

I love coffee.  Started when I was quite little.  On the rare occasions that the coffee cups weren’t whisked away immediately from the table, I’d sidle over to the abandoned coffees and sip any that was left.

In college I became a bit fussier about coffee after friends introduced me to fresh roasted varieties from coffee specialty shops.  I also had a summer session at the Sorbonne and the French cafe creme seduced me into love of really good coffee.

In law school in Seattle during the early years of the coffee craze there — Starbucks was a couple of shops and still owned by the original founders — great coffee was readily available and law school very demanding so I drank way too much, till I started having tachycardia.

I spent a few years moving into decaf, drinking either half and half or all decaf most of the time for something like 10 years.  I’m back to caffeinated but I hold it mainly to one really fine cup a day.  I order coffee from La Coppa, which has the best coffee I’ve found this side of the pond and make it in a stove top espresso maker.

One really great cup to savor and it’s really all I need.  Not interested in being buggy with caffeine any more.  And I’ve realized that after the first cup the next ones never taste quite as good.  So I love to sit and sip that one.  I fix it after I’ve had breakfast so I can enjoy it just for itself and savor every bit.

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?

My father organized my first job, the summer after my freshman year in college.  It was midnight to 8 a.m., in the data processing department at Buick headquarters (hard to believe there’s now just a big bare patch of ground where that giant building used to be….).

I was just filing stuff; something about the way they stored data then involved me wandering through the department collecting (disks? reels?  don’t remember) something to do with data and taking it to the file room, which is where I also had a desk.  Then putting them away.

They were very nice and though I can’t remember the figure, at the time, my pay for the summer was very impressive.  Which is how I could afford the summer session at the Sorbonne the next summer.

List:  If you play video/computer games list 5 games you like?

I do play some but not enough to name five I play with any regularity.  I spend too much time on Wizard101.

Mostly I’ve liked word games.  I had one called Bookworm Adventures that I loved but it’s not been updated for windows 8 so can’t use it any more.  Instead I play one called Wordament but don’t like it nearly as well.

Occasionally I play one or more of the solitaire games like Free Cell or Spider but it’s pretty rare — couple times a year.


Share Your World #26

English: A Henry Sutton car, built in Ballarat...

English: A Henry Sutton car on display in 2011 at the Ballarat Heritage Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

Depends who the other potential driver is.  I’m a bit of a nervous passenger so it matters to me whether I know the other person is a good driver.   And I’m wont to gasp and try to hit the imaginary brake a lot so other drivers don’t always appreciate me :-)

On the other hand, for various reasons I’ve often been the one who had to drive — friends without cars, older people who prefer not to drive, etc. — so if someone with whom I’m comfortable is willing to drive, it’s quite nice to be able to sit back and check out the scenery for a change.

If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why?

I’d give them away.  Beg somebody to take them.  Never liked opera.  Not even when my voice teacher made me learn lots of arias.

Describe your own outlook on life in seven words or less. (NOTE:  does not necessarily have to be a sentence.)

Do whatever you must to BE PEACE

Which would you prefer:  a wild, turbulent life filled with joy, sorrow, passion, and adventure–intoxicating successes and stunning setbacks; or a contented bordering on happy, secure, predictable life surrounded by friends and family without such wide swings of fortune and mood?

Something in between.  I used to live in angst and an addiction to highs and lows and I’m not into that any more.  And I’ve learned to appreciate serenity and the importance of friends and family.  But sometimes its nice to build something to success or to have a surprising and amazing thing happen.

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

It’s been one of those weeks when unwinding muscles have interfered with sleep so I’m both grateful for the healing progress and grateful the week is over and I made it through.  Right now there’s nothing on the schedule for the coming week and that sounds good.

For Cee’s Share Your World

Top 5 Reasons to be Lazy This Summer


Good thoughts on the benefits of taking time out

Originally posted on Life and Laughter:

Remember when you were a kid and summer vacation stretched out like a long, sweet piece of warm caramel? Well, get over it. You’ll never have three months to do absolutely nothing EVER AGAIN.

But. While you might not be able to laze around the house in your jammies, eating cold cereal and popsicles until fall, you can still dedicate a significant amount of time to just being lazy. In this crazy world with its tech gadgets and social media invasion, putting yourself in time-out might be the best. thing. ever. I suggest you do it today.


(Sometimes you just need to sit on a fountain.)

Here are the best reasons to be lazy this summer:

1. To-do lists are bulls***. Remember when your mom gave you a list of chores to do every summer? Did you like it then? Nope. So why would you like it now? Throw out…

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Share Your World #25

What did you or did not like about the first apartment you ever rented?

I loved my first apartment.  My junior year at Northwestern my best bud from New Student week on, a newer friend we made during our sophomore year and I got our first place on Sherman Ave. in Evanston.  It was one of the great older courtyard buildings that abound in that area.

The kitchen was old — probably all original stuff.  And in those days, without the influence of HGTV, we didn’t walk in and look at an old kitchen and announce that it would “HAVE” to be updated or whine about the lack of granite and stainless. We loved the quaintness of it and we made so many great meals there.  The bathroom had the original tile floor and a claw foot tub and we loved that too.

We were hippies and lovers of old places and it was just funky enough to suit us.  Some of our great friends had an apartment down the back stairs from us so there was lots of visiting back and forth.  It was also a pretty easy walk to campus so we were a favorite drop-in spot for friends who lived farther off.

Great times.

What kind of art is your favorite? Why?

It depends in part whether the question is which visual art do I like best or which of the arts in total I like.  If it’s the latter, music.  Don’t have a why.  Loved it from my earliest memory, took lessons, listen to it daily…

As far as a favorite among the visual arts:  Impressionist.  Initially it was because it was the first stuff anyone taught me very much about.  But even as I was introduced to other types, I still loved it best.  I like the kind of dreamy quality of it.  And I’ve always loved the way it changes from blurry when you’re close to clearer as you move away.

One of my favorite things is getting to be in a museum room with Impressionist paintings and few people in it so I can move forward and backward from each painting and watch how it changes without worrying about mowing people down.

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

0 siblings.  First, middle and last:-)

Complete this sentence:  I’m dreaming of a white …. (and no you can’t use Christmas as your answer)

I don’t actually dream about white anything much.  Never even took an interest in the incessant wedding planning some of my friends used to love.

But, when I was a child, the horse farms around the Bluegrass had white four-board fences.  I remember so many hours of tooling around the country roads with those iconic fences stretching for miles across the hills.

The white is expensive to keep up and over the years many places have switched to black asphalt paint which is not only cheaper but requires a re-do far less often.  Sometimes, though, I dream of those hills covered with white fences.  You can read more about the fences here.

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

My California friends have asked me to house sit again next spring — it’s been too long so I’m thrilled.  Right now there’s not much on the schedule after some busy weeks so I’m looking forward to quiet and the chance to spend more time making notes and fleshing out ideas for my new project.

Check out Share Your World to see how others responded.

project 30 – liz

Originally posted on :


Liz, 40 / be love live

What would your 30 something self tell your 20 something self if you could?

Well, let me start off by admitting that I am actually 40, so I’ve made it through my 20s and my 30s. And I am all the better for the amazing, beautiful journey that it has been! I’m going to try to do a little time traveling back to my 30 something year old brain, but just know that everything that I share from here on out is from a 40-year-old perspective. And, this 40-year-old perspective is oh so different from my 30-year-old perspective!

So many people are frightened of hitting the big 3-0. I was not one of them. However, I was freaked out, having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that I’d soon be leaving my 20s, unable to grasp the idea that I was…

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Share Your World #24

What’s your favorite charitable cause and why?

I really don’t have a favorite.  I used to support mainly environmental and animal causes. I also love an organization called Business and Professional People for the Public Interest in Chicago.  Long ago I volunteered there for a few years.

In recent years I’m very interested in edible school yard gardens and if I ever had a giant windfall, I have an idea for a combo of school and community gardens for inner city schools/neighborhoods that I’d love to fund.

I also support my alma mater, Northwestern University and several art museums and dance organizations.  So many good causes, how to choose?

The main place I’ve given money for the last 25 years has been Nine Gates Mystery School.  For the great, life-changing spiritual journey they offer, I’d give them bundles of money if I had it.

What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?  


If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? (guest can be dead, alive, famous or someone you just know)

Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad …  and some translators

List:  What are at least five places you’ve enjoyed visiting?

Ischia, Italy

Vancouver, BC

Provence region, France


Siena, Italy

For the last 10 years we’ve been making a trek to my home town, Flint, MI every year, and, as unlikely as it seems, I love those visits

I’ve also been house sitting often at my former home in Corte Madera, CA and I love, love, love Marin County.  And that city by the Bay is pretty OK too :-)

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

A lovely going away party for a friend brought together a group that hasn’t met very often in the last few years, so, while sad about the good bye, I’m grateful for getting to spend a few hours with some great women.  I’m looking forward to having lunch with my friend Susan, whom I don’t see often enough.

For Share Your World — check over there for more responses to Cee’s questions.

Share Your World #23

For your blog do you basically use Mac or Windows applications.  What type of device laptop, desktop,tablet, phone or pad?

I blog on my HP Envy laptop (which I ADORE) and have Windows 8.1… which I’ve adjusted to.  I tried reading blogs on my Transformer tablet for a while but it takes twice as long.  Not sure if the tablet doesn’t like the WordPress app or whether it’s just the fact that the tablet tends to hang up for a few seconds every time you click on something, but I figured out at some point it literally takes me twice the time to read on it.  My phone screen is too small for me to want to read on it — and has similar issues about hanging up briefly every time you click to another page.

I started out on a Mac — back when there was no hard drive and you just kept copying a word processing program onto a new disk…  Spent a number of years surrounded by Mac lovers who swear by them so I had some jobs where I had to use Apples of various sorts but I never got along that well with them.

I rarely have to look at instructions for Windows-based things as I just naturally figure them out where on an Apple I’m constantly searching through help files and trying to figure out the latest–of many– problem that has arisen.  However, the hang-up issue on Android devices has me wondering whether I-Pads and I-Phones might be less frustrating…

If you were to treat yourself to the “finer things” what would you treat yourself to?

It depends on how you’re defining “finer things”.  If you’re talking top level stuff, like longing for designer clothes, owning my own jet, staying at five-star hotels and having a 40 foot yacht, I just don’t long for those things.

Since I love to cook I dream of a big, gourmet kitchen some day that gives me scope to prepare dinner parties with ease.

At the same time, I don’t love having to cook all the time, so I’d love to afford to have a chef come once a week to prepare a meal — preferably enough to have leftovers :-)

Just Julie’s Flushing MI

While I don’t long for designer stuff, I like well-made clothes with good quality linen, cotton, etc. so I gaze longingly at lots of clothes in Neiman Marcus and Soft Surroundings catalogs and there are a couple of boutiques I visit when we go up to Michigan each year that have the kinds of things I love.  None of it is anything like the cost of designer, but it’s expensive for me.  Some of it I can afford occasionally and more often on sales but I’d love to be able to just get a catalog or wander in the store and buy a few things without worrying about price.

I’d love to be able to afford to travel more if I could also afford to either travel first class or charter a private plane.  All the lines and security hassles and restrictions have gotten to me…

Can you change a car tire?

Ha!  Years ago yes.  When my dad got me my first car in college, he made me help him rotate the tires on his car (final one was all my mine) so I’d know how to do it.  It’s been so many decades, though, since the issue has come up, I doubt I’d remember now.

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Share Your World #22

Sheet music to "Give My Regards"

Sheet music to “Give My Regards” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cee’s switched it up again for Share Your World, this time asking us to complete some questions:

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

jumped out of a plane.  And I plan to keep it that way.  On my deathbed I want to be able to say never in my life did I ever jump out of a plane.

I’m skipping the one about neighbors as I don’t really know mine.  Too many years of city apartment living I guess — tend not to know my neighbors and don’t much want to.

Complete this sentence:  When I was little I wanted…

to be on Broadway.  And in the next Singing in the Rain or Carousel. Singing and dancing across stage and screen…

Complete this sentence:  Will you come here to…

enjoy my dinner party?  I’m thinking Beef Bourguignon with garlic mashed cauliflowers and roasted asparagus.  Chocolate Coma Avocado Mousse for dessert.

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

I’m grateful that my choices for my dad’s 90th birthday were big hits (he’s hard to excite when it comes to presents) and that he’s here to be 90.  Next week I’m looking forward to my re-scheduled craniosacral appointment.

Across Women’s Lives: Major Issues Facing Females Globally

Originally posted on Mirth and Motivation:

“Break the silence. When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act.” Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary – General

Across Women's Lives: Major Issues Facing Females Globally Across Women’s Lives: Major Issues Facing Females Globally

UN: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Worldwide, women live an average four years longer than men. In 2011, women’s life expectancy at birth was more than 80 years in 46 countries, but only 58 years in the WHO African Region. Girls are far more likely than boys to suffer sexual abuse. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among adolescent girls in high- and upper-middle-income countries. Almost all (99%) of the approximate 287 000 maternal deaths every year occur in developing countries. Globally, cardiovascular disease, often thought to be a “male” problem, is the number one killer of women. Breast cancer is the leading cancer killer among women aged 20–59 years worldwide WHO factsheet

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