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Monday, May 13, 2013

Liebster Blog

I have been forced in from fenceline repairs by heat and need beer and to be called "dearest" even if it is in German. Happily, Suze at "Subliminal Coffee" has awarded me a Liebster, which requires three things: I must answer eleven questions; make up eleven questions; ask at least eleven others to do the same.


1. Where were you born?

Spang in the middle of another century.

2. Where are you living now?

In the preface of another one.

3. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

I am afraid of crayons. Boneless crayons were invented when I grew up but I still distrust them. I like brown though.

4. Last movie you watched?

Norma and I watched "The Hobbit". I liked it; she didn't. It had too many explosions. She's right. I remember a cartoon version where Richard Boone voiced Smaug, the dragon. I hope they have somebody half as good at sarcastic articulation, maybe Tom Selleck, voice him this time.

5. What book are you reading now?

I'm almost done with "Garment Of Shadows" by Laurie R. King, a very good writer.

6. The power goes out. It will be out for several hours. What do you do with yourself?

I try to rescue all the Guinness Extra Stout from going warm in the fridge by drinking it.

7. What are you listening to right now?
This, of course:

8. Greatest struggle as a writer?

Spelling. But I'm not a writer. I consider myself a gardener.

9. What is one book you think everyone should read?

Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield". You'll find everybody you've ever known in there.

10. If you could be one of the Greek gods, who would you be and why?

Eros, son of Chaos, associated with the rose (and composed of the same four letters). I like roses except where they interfere with fence repairs. Same with eros.

11. Weirdest thing you've ever been told by a fortune cookie?

Never been told anything by a fortune cookie. Don't like them. Taste papery inside.


1. How can we know where uncertainty begins?

2. For 5 billion years there has been life on earth. A few generations survive. Is this a progress we don't see, or just a staggering mortality rate?

3. If you are caught stealing checkered slacks, is it best to plead the 1970s or insanity?

4.Is there a version of us that notices our bodies about as much as our bodies notice their shadows?

5.If you built a model of the 30 billion-year-old universe at HO scale (like hobby trains) you'd have to build you building it 29.7 billion years ago. How would you fill in the gap?

6. Does Time take as long on an instant as it does to play itself out?

7. If a billion people say a stupid thing, is it still stupid or just a really amazing coincidence?

8. If alphabetizing streets is useful in one direction, wouldn't it be twice as useful in two directions?

9. Is it narcissistic to skip a party just because you won't be there?

10. Since unselfish love requires a self, does it exist in violation of its only condition?

11. Can a search for infinity be conclusive?

Now that I've read over my questions, and cannot answer them, I have decided not to inflict them on anybody in particular but will field them on a volunteer basis. Speaking of field, I must go outdoors now. I got fences.


  1. I'm ashamed to say I've never read David Copperfield. Fortunately there's still time to remedy that.

  2. Your number six made me half-smile, half-laugh. I have never read 'David Copperfield' and think I now must on the suggestion of such a gardener.

  3. You've provided some priceless answers to Suze's questions, and you've come up with even more priceless questions of your own. They don't even require answers.

    Believe it or not, yesterday evening I was playing "The Rose" on the piano. It used to be in my old night club repertoire and I haven't played it in a long time. Love it!

  4. Sara and Suze-- You don't get lines like these in any other book, from (1970) memory:"My lamp burns low, and I have written far into the night; but the dear presence, without which I were nothing, bears me company."

    I envy you both reading Copperfield for the first time.

    Jon-- It's one of the most beautiful melodies, cadenced to perseverance and fatigue, a hero in disorder, a knight errant ruining in ice. I love it. Would love to hear you play it. And don't you think Copperfield's Micawber could have been written for W.C.Fields?

  5. Wonderful answers, challenging questions.
    And I am thrilled to discover that there is a Laurie King that I didn't know about. Megathanks. I will go and track it down.

  6. Geo I knew you would give incredibly unique answers and you didn't disappoint. "papery inside" haha.

  7. Those questions could keep a person busy for the rest of their life and beyond. I think maybe you've been 'riding fences' for WAY too long.

  8. "I try to rescue all the Guinness Extra Stout from going warm in the fridge by drinking it."

    You have excellent priorities, sir.

    Also, I like that you didn't tag people, because now I feel permission to do the same. The dearth of people-to-tag (I only follow a few blogs) has kept me from playing this game.

  9. Make that three. I haven't read "David Copperfield" either. (I know... shameful!) I'll have to rectify that asap.

    Unique answers, dude. (Not that I'd expect anything less.)

    Oh, and impressively courageous of you to rescue that stout.

  10. You are, as my grandmother would say, a pip.


    I like you.


  11. E.C. --By all means, track it down. And look for recurring characters!

    Keith --Thanks, and I was just being silly about the paper. Found out years ago, maybe 2 or 3, you don't eat the inside part.

    Delores --That we have questions beyond lifetimes is a good argument for afterlife.

    Stephanie-- It's ok to do just the fun part of some things. Liebster is one of them.

    Susan-- Ok, I'm about ready to make all who didn't read Copperfield answer my 11 awful questions. Dude can do that.

    Pearl-- I sure like you too, pip.

  12. Geo., you've never once disappointed. Never. I just thought you should know that.

    And that being a gardener and a writer are synonymous to me. And to GRR Martin, who said it and whom I stole the concept from because it's good. Like Guinness.

  13. Thanks Austan. Means a lot. GRRM's a year older than me and further into puberty so I like to think I'll be able to grow a big beard like his. Do you think I will get one?

  14. I'm not sure what happened to the post I was writing. If it posted, you can delete this... Good questions! But I'm going to plead the fifth.

  15. I'll have ya know I HAVE downloaded "David Copperfield" onto my Kindle. (It was FREE, too!) Poor guy might be a little cramped in there, but he'll just have to wait his turn in line like all the other good little books.

  16. Sage-- Sorry if the machinery ate any other comments. I appreciate this one! Thanks!

    Susan-- What a treat! Hope you enjoy the book.

  17. Geo.- I LOVE your questions... I'm a philosopher, I have a degree and everything LOL. These questions are right up my alley! Just brilliant :)
    Take care,

  18. Michelle-- Thanks! I'm in awe of philosophers and anybody else brave enough to make sense of the universe. Shall we try?

  19. I will have to read David Copperfield properly. My memory of it is too much entwined with lusting after Corin Redgrave as Steerforth in the 1969 movie version - heck I was only nine at the time...

  20. Jeneane-- Ah, Steerforth! Certainly a character one might mistake for a hero of one's life. I'm still most delighted with Micawber though, and Peggotty!

  21. Thanks for not tagging me to answer your questions, Geo! Good grief! Great questions, but it might take me years to answer them!

    Your crayon comment reminded me of a picture book by Chris Van Allsburg called "Bad Day at Riverbend." Not a good book if you find crayons scary.

    Some of Chris's books are enigmatic, and I took great delight in reading them to my third graders. At the first of the year I'd read "The Garden of Abdul Gasazi" and follow it up with a question each of my new kids had to answer and had to support that answer. It gave me a quick insight into which kiddos were pragmatic and which were imaginative. Sometimes I miss those days!

    Have a good one, my enigmatic friend!

    1. thanks, Louise, for traveling back in time to comment here. Glad you enjoyed the questions. All my best wishes on Canada Day!


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