She answered five questions that I found very interesting, and ended with this:
Want to be interviewed?
1. Leave a comment saying you want to be interviewed.
2. I'll reply and give you five questions to answer.
3. You'll update your LJ with the five questions answered.
4. You'll include this explanation.
5. You ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed. And it just keeps going, and going, and going (hopefully!)
I recently signed up to take a course in writing memoir, and found it to be so unstructured that I didn't follow through with it. This meme is very similar to the exercise that did interest me.
1. How did you find LiveJournal, and what convinced you to join?
I guess I had seen a few entries from random googol searches, but I had no real idea what was involved. So, the true answer to both parts of this question is Cruisedirector, who sent me to her journal to read a story that spoke to a conversation we were having by email. I asked a few questions, she answered them patiently, and here I am...
Now as to why I stayed... LOL!
2. Can you remember what your first favorite song was, and why?
It wasn't a song, it was my mother's voice, working her way through everything from show tunes to hymns as she drove around with me in the back seat when I would not sleep. I especially liked Rose of Tralee, and Castle of Dromore. The first song I remember loving as a song was "Everyday" by Buddy Holly and "Dream" by the Everly Brothers My mom did a killer version of those, too.
3. Name something unconventional that makes you think of sex.
My husband's wedding ring. He has a habit of taking it off and dropping it on the headboard so he won't cut me with it. Now even if he is doing the dishes or preparing to put his hands into sculpture media, the sound is all I need to hear...
4. They say smells can bring back memories--can you think of one?
I have a million answers for this, but one is so strong I have written about it several times - the smell of lilacs in the rain always makes me remember the day Buddy Holly died. For years, I could not figure out why, since Buddy died in February -- but it was the smell of my mothers perfume as we sat on the porch in the rain. The smell of a live christmas tree makes me think of my grandfather or my dad. A particular patchouli based after-shave (reputed among us to smell "like meat") reminds me of the first year I lived with Jim.
5. If you could write the children of Iraq, what would you say?
I would not write them, even if I could, because there is nothing to say. "I'm sorry" is a pitiful excuse, and I can't go there. Especially since I am just as sorry for many of us, who never bargained for having our country hijacked.
So, want to be interviewed?
Castle of Dromore (for my mum)
I only turned out to be a fileg, a sparrow - but the wings she gave me were as strong as an eagles...
October winds lament around the castle of Dromore
Yet peace is in her lofty halls, my loving treasure store
Though autumn leaves may droop and die, a bud of spring are you
Singing hushabye loo, low loo, low lan
Singing hushabye loo, low loo
Bring no ill wind to hinder us, my sleeping babe and me,
Dread spirits of the black water, Clan Owen's wild banshee
And Holy Mary pitying us to heaven for grace doth sue
Singing hushabye ...
Take time to thrive, my ray of hope, in the garden of Dromore
Take heed, young eaglet, till thy wings are feathered fit to soar
A little rest and then the world is full of work to do
Singing hushabye ...
Here are some much quicker answers to the questions that intrigued me in Diamond's interview
1. What was your favorite book as a child? As an adult? Did it change?
Jason and the Argonauts (all mythology, really but that and Artemis and Endymion were *the* ones, nudged briefly out for a while by Swiss Family Robinson. I read Lord of The Rings when I was about 11, and though I have other books that I love - dearly dearly love- nothing else has ever come close. When I first read it , I was so gob-smacked, I could not read anything else for months - I just re-read it over and over.
2. What is your view of the public education system that you are going to put your daughter into someday?
If I could make my one small wish for an experiment in social change, I would reverse the salaries and esteem this country holds for Teachers and Lawyers...
3. If you could pick any period in history to live in, what would it be? Why?
This one. There are many I would love to sabbatical in, but this world rocks my socks.
4. What is your favorite comfort food?
Peanutbutter and chocolate. on Faramir.
5. Is there anything odd that makes you cry?
Words and how they flow together. I can't sing many of my favorite songs, or read my favorite passages aloud when we are reading - because my throat closes and my eyes run. And it is not subtle!