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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tag, you’re it, but only if you want to play…


Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
Hebrews 13:2 (NKJV)

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I was invited to play a blogging game by Cherie @http://cherisidlechatter.blogspot.com, where writers tag one another and invite them to join the fun by answering a few questions. Based upon my research, the game originated with a gentleman by the name of Jeff Pulver, as a virtual cocktail party.  As it was explained to me, “folks get to learn a bit more about each other in a fun and engaging way, and the tagged bloggers (if they choose to play along; no one’s holding a gun to their heads, or anything) get a post for the day.” Let’s begin.  The rules are simple.
1.    Post the rules.
2.   Answer the questions your tagger set for you in your post.
3.   Create eleven new questions for those whom you tag (or use the originals)
4.   Tag eleven new people with a link to your post
5.   Let them know they’ve been tagged.

Cheri blended old and new questions for us; let’s see how I do…

1.    What is the thing that makes you want to get out of bed each day?
A mixture of gratitude and curiosity…I am deeply thankful for the blessing of each new day, and as it is a present-look forward to both unwrapping it, and making the best of it.

2.   If an alien landed on earth, what would be your “top tip” for living here?
It’s the same advice I’d give anyone who’d ask; the wisdom I try to live by…listen more than you talk, laugh often, be gracious, live everyday as if it’s your last (cause depending upon what solar system you’re from and what you’re up to…it might be).

3.   What’s your happy song?
That’s such a hard question, because I love music. Each of my children had a signature lullaby, and though they are now 15 and 11, thinking of each of them still makes me happy.  Probably, if I had to choose one, it would be Quincy Jones’ version of the Hallelujah Chorus from A Soulful Celebration, a modern take on Handel’s Messiah. It was the recessional from our wedding. Nearly 20 years later it still makes me smile, as it signals the beginning of the very best years of my life. Yes, I am a hopeless romantic; I had the good fortune to marry my first love, and I still feel 16 when he looks at me (he was my prom date and we’ve known each other forever). No, those were not questions on the list. *smile*

4.   Do you have a special place, real or imagined, where you go to in your mind or reality to regroup, seek peace, or just be?
Since becoming a dog owner (if you’ve ever read my blog, you know about my dog/therapist/trainer/confident/running buddy), I take him for walks, sometime long walks every morning or at other times when I need to work things out. He is part of my morning meditation, he keeps my secrets, he is my security and my escape. In not having a place, I am free to regroup, seek peace, pray, or just be wherever and whenever. I’d never thought about it before, but what a special blessing. *smile*

5.   What childhood fable, fairytale, or movie stretched your imagination and sticks with you today?
That’s an interesting question, and one I don’t ever think I’ve considered seriously. My only fable or fantasy as a child was of being kidnapped by a prince and returned to my throne in Africa (yes, my family was Afrocentric even in the 60s). I still vividly remember the plans for a wedding feast, my family traveling with me, the clothes, the music, the food, etc. Probably the only other thing I could think of are tales from the oral tradition teaching about wisdom from the animal kingdom, legends of people talking to and participating with God is doing good, etc.

6.   What’s your idea of the perfect evening?
My perfect evening isn’t about the things, it’s about the company. I’ve had dates with my husband that were simple but extraordinary, long walks with my children and the dog, laughing with my girlfriends over bits and bobs (appetizers and cocktails). My idea of the perfect evening would include stimulating conversation, stopped time, enough laughter and ease.

7.   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a lawyer/diplomat for the African Union (formerly the Organization of African Unity OAU). I wanted to travel internationally and solve major challenges. Then I grew up and my nesting instincts kicked in. I might still have been able to do those things, but I really wanted to be a wife and mother.

8.   What’s your favorite kind of movie?
I’d be better off answering what kind of movies I don’t enjoy-horror. Life is scary enough. I love a good chick-flick (if it’s intelligent), I am addicted to 007 films (Sean Connery is still the über-Bond), love excitement, and particularly an intriguing adaptation from another media (e.g., Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Color Purple). I also go for a good period piece…I love costume dramas.

9.   If you won the lottery, would you tell anyone?
I wouldn’t broadcast it, but airbody would figure it out, eventually. *smile* I would not, however, lose my mind and be broke in a year. My grandchildren’s grandchildren would still be okay.

10. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Space. All the other places are attainable.

11.  Do you believe in destiny?
I do not believe in destiny, as I believe in free will. However, I do believe that God’s already written the end of the story, so maybe that’s not a real answer to the question. It is, however, something I may blog about later, so thanks, Cheri. You’ve given me at least 2 more topics. Aren’t you grand. *smile*

Now that’s I’ve told you all my business (as we GRITS or girls raised in the south, although I’m only GRITS because my mama was…I was born in the  Southwest), I’m leaving my own questions and tagging people into the game.

And for the questions I’m passing along to the next group, I went way off script.
1.    What’s the first thing you do every morning?
2.   If you could ask a total stranger a completely invasive question because you were genuinely curious, what would it be?
3.   What trait do you most admire in people?
4.   What was your biggest mistake, and what did it teach you?
5.   What one thing do you believe absolutely?
6.   What’s your favorite childhood memory?
7.   What is the best advice you ever received, and from whom did it come?
8.   Early bird or night owl? Always?
9.   In your opinion, what is the one historical event you remember most?
10. Books or movies?
11.  If you could know the precise time and place you’d draw your last breathe, would you want that information?

Cheri was kind enough to select me as part of an eclectic group, saying she’d enjoyed reading our blogs and thought it would be fun to know more about us. Another element of the game is it’s just that…if this isn’t your thing, that’s okay too…peace be upon you.  Tag, you’re it, but only if you want to play.

2.   Julie, Julie Unplugged
3.   Arwen, Tarot by Arwen
5.   Anna, Universal Gibberish
7.   Lisa, Lisa Selow
8.   Lydia, See Beautiful
9.   Sage, My Name is Sage
10.  Kerry, Musings of a Bookworm
11.  Kelly, A Girl Worth Saving


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