Plinky asked, “What new hobby would you like to try out?”
Camille Silverman — warp and weft
I would love to try weaving. I mean the great big loom sort of weaving, done with handmade fibers — maybe even with fibers I spun myself. The entire idea of weaving has always been so very attractive to me, and I adore all manner of fibers. The idea of having another way to play with colors and textures that would lead to big tapestries or rugs is so enticing that if I knew anyone with a loom they’d probably find it impossible to get rid of me.
Barring a big loom, I’d take even a lap loom, just something to get me going on it. I went to town making those potholders back in Girl Scouts!
Plinky asked, “If you could be an editor for any magazine, which would you choose?”
Oh, that’s a difficult question. There are magazines like Wired, that have enormous distribution within a certain demographic and cover fascinating subjects. Then there are lifestyle magazines that have the potential to be very influential among women, such as Real Simple (the only one I personally ever read). I’m afraid I’d be bored pretty quickly with their constraints, though. More seriously, there are magazines like Scientific American (and Scientific American Mind) or Skeptic. That would be challenging. Do you think National Geographic editors get to travel much? I haven’t even touched the online mags, like Salon, yet. They count, right? Then there are all the little niche publications, like the magazines for various sorts of collectors, or needleworkers, or crossword enthusiasts and so on. Is there a magazine about magazines, other than Writer’s Digest?
I keep coming back to the breadth of material Wired covers. Technology, books, music, sex — that sounds pretty good to me. If I got to play with the latest tech toys, it would be even better!
Plinky asked: “When you need a good laugh, who/what do you turn to?”
I can usually rely on my Facebook friends to have something up that will make me laugh. They haven’t failed me yet!
Plinky asks: Milk, dark, or white chocolate?
My favorite is dark chocolate! The highest cocoa content around, please! I do try to go with the green, fair trade brands as much as possible.
Milk chocolate is for children whose palates haven’t been educated yet, and white chocolate (while yummy on strawberries) isn’t even real chocolate. We call it that for the sake of those poor souls who are allergic to anything containing cocoa.
I’m not avoiding my mother, but I get tense when I see her on my caller ID lately.
We tend to stay in touch by email more than by phone, and if she calls it usually means that there’s something that can’t wait on email. We’ve lost five members of our extended family since October 2. We had absolutely no warning with two of those people. One was a young teen.
So as much as I love my mother, every time I pick up the phone to talk to her now I’m expecting bad news.
The last time I responded to a prompt from Plinky, it posted with absolutely no context—so let's try to fix that this time. Today's prompt is:
"Share three good things about your life right now.
(A little New Agey, maybe, but it never hurts to look on the bright side.)"
ETA: This otherwise cryptic post was a response to a Plinky prompt that asked what book I’d take if I were called to jury duty today. I can’t imagine why their “share with blog” function doesn’t include the prompt!
I wouldn’t worry too much, as I can be fairly sure that I’ll never be PICKED for jury duty. Last time, they asked, “Does anybody here have any problem with upholding ANY law?” I said yes (there are some really stupid laws on the books!) and was immediately dismissed.
Partners in Necessity is long, and it’s good “comfort reading” for me (one of the few books I ever re-read).
If I were ever actually put on a jury, though, I don’t think I could possibly carry enough books with me unless I had a Kindle.
Their text actually says, “If you pay me enough, I’d sing these songs.” I wouldn’t have to be paid, though. I’ve never actually been in a karaōke bar, but I love to sing, so there are plenty of songs that I would be willing to sing!