Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Frau Honeypiehorse interview me

American expat blogger Honeypiehorse in Germany send me these interview questions:

1. Describe the proudest moment in your life.
I'd have to say giving birth to my children. I've had plenty other proud moments having to do with academic or professional achievements, or even artistic ones (a quilt I once made for a fundraiser auction sold for $1500), but none come close to the pride of a mother. It's hard to be humble when I say that I have 3 beautiful children whom I'm incredibly proud of!

2. How would you describe yourself if you could only pick three words?
So you know how wordy I can get!
My 3 words: Reliable, nature-loving, MOM

3. What would you bury in a time capsule?
I'm assuming you mean something to represent lil' old me at this time (2009) -- so that when opened in, let's say, 2050 (at the ripe old age of 90), then whoever digs it up will get a good idea of my life now, here in Alaska. I'll limit myself to three objects: knitting needles, my favorite hiking boots, and one book significant to me at this time (In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen) -- but wait, can I make please make that a Kindle electronic book, loaded up like an i-pod with a whole bunch of books -- forget that I don't even own a Kindle -- but I love to read, and there are lots of books I'd want to preserve for posterity...!)

4. If you had the opportunity to live on a space station for a month, would you do it? Why or why not?
Yes, I definitely would. The scientist in me would really dig it, and I would also find it interesting in a psychological way: a challenge, doing something completely outside my "normal" day-to-day life... But I would miss my family terribly, and would need to be able to be in touch with them... and of course be assured that I'd return to them...

5. Where do you consider home? Discuss.
That's actually the toughest question for me to answer! I've lived in Germany for only 5 of my conscious (non-infant) years, yet Germany strongly defines me culturally. Chile and Philippines were my home during my childhood, and I absolutely loved it there, but I have to admit I was a real "gringo" there. I've lived in the US for 30 years now, and the West is where I feel most at home: from Rocky Mountain Colorado to Alaska. But I can see moving to other places still (including new places I've never lived in before), and making a new home.
So, to some degree, I'm homeless, a Globetrotter, who's never completely put down roots, but would really like to... Where I live now does not completely feel like home, I have to admit, and this is because of the lack of community I feel here, not the land itself -- it rocks! The view from my front porch (picture on left) attests to that -- I just wish we weren't surrounded by quite so many conservative republicans...

6. If your life were to flash before your eyes, what memory or memories do you think would be the most vivid?
I find this one hard to answer, too. People I've loved would flash before my eyes, but also some beautiful landscapes I know: mountains, deserts, oceans... I've been lucky to see some incredibly beautiful places on earth.

7. Why do you think we are here?
Now you really do ask TOUGH questions!
I don't really know for sure WHY we're here, but I do think it's GOOD that we're here. I suppose my answer is this: to do good, to love one another, and to revel in the beauty of creation.

Here's the rules if you want to be interviewed (you will get different questions, just so you know!):
1. Leave me a comment saying you want to be interviewed, and I will send you your questions via email.
2. Update your blog with the answers to the questions and link back to this post.
3. Include the rules in your post.


honeypiehorse said...

Very nice! Isn't the first picture of a baby just amazing? And I can't believe you can see all that from your house. Finally, isn't it odd that people surrounded by the most beautiful nature are often the ones voting to destroy it?

RunninL8 said...

I'll play!