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An Old Friend

Plinky asked, “Which of your friends have you know for the longest amount of time?”

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I’m just going to count peo­ple I’m reg­u­larly in touch with offline who are not close kin, or things would be very com­plex, as there are lots of old friends and rel­a­tives on my Face­book friends list.

I’ve tech­ni­cally known Tate since high school, but we didn’t get to know each other very well until this past year. So I sup­pose James, who I met via Sam back in 1998, wins the prize for being around the longest, poor guy.

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My Top 5 Strengths

Plinky said, “List your top five strengths.”


1) When I give my word or my heart, I don’t change my mind. I’m loyal to a fault.

2) I can learn just about any­thing I care to learn. Intel­li­gence is use­ful.

3) I don’t lie or mis­rep­re­sent myself. I’m the same per­son online and offline. I prac­tice rad­i­cal hon­esty.

4) I inher­ited cre­ativ­ity from both of my grand­moth­ers. I’m great with col­ors and am a tal­ented stitcher.

5) I’m a sur­vivor. I’ve expe­ri­enced some ter­ri­bly painful things start­ing in child­hood and haven’t allowed them to ruin my life.

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This month’s NaBloPoMo theme is “Jump.” All the prompts have been cen­tered around that theme, but I haven’t yet used them. I’m going to play catch-​​up here.

What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word jump?
The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word “jump” is a fam­ily lore that said I could not man­age to jump as a child. I tried and tried, but I just couldn’t get off the ground with­out some­thing to jump off of (I was fear­less then, though). 1 Maybe that’s one rea­son I’m just not ter­ri­bly excited about this month’s theme.

What is some­thing you recently jumped into?
I jumped back into play­ing the ukulele, after some contemplation.

How do you feel about start­ing new projects? and How do you feel about new peo­ple jump­ing into your life? and Do you need to look before you leap?
I’m not fear­less at this stage in my life. I def­i­nitely look before I leap, espe­cially regard­ing bring­ing new peo­ple into my life. I don’t jump into projects, either, although I would prob­a­bly be more likely to do that if I had more money avail­able. I’m hop­ing to return to work soon and improve that sit­u­a­tion, at least.

What is some­thing you’d like to jump into if you had more time/​money?
As I men­tioned in a recent post, I would try weav­ing. I might even try spinning.

1 My mater­nal grand­fa­ther, Daddy Boots, said that my legs were so short the fam­ily should sue the city for build­ing the side­walks too close to my rear end.

Meeting Someone Famous

Plinky asked, “Who’s the most famous per­son you’ve ever met?


Oprah, def­i­nitely. I was on her show about ten years ago to talk about inter­net safety and our family’s expe­ri­ence with cyber­stalk­ing.

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I’m so tired of all the depress­ing sto­ries in my Face­book news feed. Every day there’s more news about all the ground lost in women’s rights (espe­cially repro­duc­tive rights) in this coun­try, or some­thing like the ter­ri­ble results of the Wis­con­sin efforts to recall Gov­er­nor Walker, or some child gone miss­ing, or peo­ple shot dead while doing some­thing innocu­ous like attend­ing a funeral (that hap­pened in Dekalb County, here in the metro Atlanta area, yesterday).

So I delib­er­ately try to find pos­i­tive things to coun­ter­act all that neg­a­tive stuff. I’m always on the look­out for them, and would love any sug­ges­tions y’all have for such.

  • Pos­i­tive Press, home of the Pos­i­tive Quote of the Day list, Pos­i­tive News list, and other resources.
  • The Daily Good is an entire web site full of good news, with a mail­ing list you can sub­scribe to in order to get a daily dose deliv­ered up to your mail­box. Of course they’re on Face­book, too.
  • Open Your Mind is a Face­book com­mu­nity full of good stuff.