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25 Random Things About Me

January 30th, 2009 (05:54 pm)

current mood: curious

25 Random Things About Me
(a meme, found on Facebook)

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you.
1. I write books, both fiction and nonfiction.
2. I am the mother of a 7-year-old eccentric genius child.
3. I have been to every U.S. state except for North Dakota, except that possibly I have been to North Dakota, as well. My mother doesn't remember if we hit it on a cross-country trip when I was little. 

4. Reading is one of my very favorite things to do: fantasy, literary fiction, biography, science fiction, historical fiction, history, YA books, and more. I don't read much romance, mystery, or self-help, though at times I will make an exception.
5. I live in a "cozy" 1930ish bungalow that desperately needs to be expanded, but have yet to break ground on the long-awaited remodeling project.
6. I won't let my son watch commercial television. I don't trust the content, and I hate the way advertisers target small children.
7. I still consider myself a Catholic, even though I don't attend church and even though I disagree with many of the official pronouncements from the Church. In fact, I disagree with many of the official pronouncements from pretty much all organized religions. I think I am a spiritual person and I try to be a moral person, but I hate the way religion, which could be such a force for good, is so often used as a weapon and as a means of dividing people.
8. I've been driving a Hybrid since before gas prices skyrocketed. I bought it not because I wanted to save on gas but because I thought it was the right thing to do.
9. My ancestors on both sides came from Italy, and I'm damn proud of it.
10. I've never actually been to Italy, but I would really, really love to go.
11. I LOVE to travel. Some of my best trips ever:
* New Orleans and Baton Rouge in 2008.
* Hawaii in 2005 with Sheila. (I won this free trip in a public TV sweepstakes!)
* Alaska in 2000 with my husband Bob.
* Researching and driving the Trail of Tears alone; I think it was in 1999.
* The South of France in 1989, as part of a group of watercolorists who stayed in a tiny, out-of-the-way village and spent two weeks doing nothing but painting.
12. I'm in charge of a book club, but attendance has been so lousy that I've been wondering if I should give up on it.
13. I despised George W. Bush, his various henchmen, and everything they stood for, and I am giddy with relief at having them out of office.
14. I have three sisters and two stepsisters. And absolutely no brothers.
15. My nieces and nephews are the world's greatest, but I don't see them nearly enough.
16. I am an ovo-lacto vegetarian (that means I don't eat meat but I do eat eggs and dairy) and have been for most of my adult life. Occasionally I do eat seafood, which some people would say means that I am not technically a vegetarian, but I don't make that distinction.
17. I love to play word games, such as Boggle and Scrabble.
18. Public speaking does not come naturally to me, but I have trained myself to be pretty good at it.
19. I'm still mourning the end of my 20-year run as the co-anchor, with Abbie, of a bi-weekly radio broadcast on a radio reading service for people with visual impairments. Now I'm looking for another form of voice work to take its place.
20. I used to edit magazines and once wrote an editorial style book. I have been called The Goddess of Grammar.
21. I love talking to other writers about writing.
22. I don't get the fuss about gay marriage. I believe that two consenting adults should be able to marry each other if they want to. I don't understand why some people think it threatens my heterosexual marriage or my child's future if the same-sex couple next door is allowed to have a marriage license.
23. I believe that one of the legitimate roles of government is to provide services that are for the public good, even if they are expensive and don't turn a profit. Especially if they are expensive and don't turn a profit.
24. I wish I had a nicely equipped cabin in the mountains somewhere, to use as a writer's retreat and general getaway.
25. If I weren't doing what I'm doing, other fields I might have liked to explore include architecture and archeology. Maybe someday I will.