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posted by alias october blue (away) on Saturday 17th of January 2009 03:45:32 AM

by CountryDreaming and Linskudd. l am requested to post a picture and write 16 things about myself ... The picture shows me at my niece's wedding l) l was born in Arkansas,USA ...but grew up in a small town in Oklahoma. My father, a doctor, passed away in 2001. My mother, a teacher, is very much alive and a vibrant spirit at age 83. l have 2 younger sisters. 2) When l was 18, l moved to New Orleans. l lived and worked in the French Quarter as a sculptor's apprentice. New Orleans was such a fascinating blend of cultures : French, Spanish , Caribbean, African ,etc. It was a wonderful experience. 3) My favorite sculpture is the bronze and granite grave marker for Clover Adams Rock Creek Cemetery ...Washington , D.C. It is commonly referred to as the "Adams Memorial " (You can google that name if interested) . The sculptor was Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Its beauty and mystery touches me deeply . 4) When l was 25, l went on a 4 month backpacking trip across India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. One memorable experience was in the holy city of Veranasi, on the Ganges River. A young local kid took me out onto the great river in his tiny boat before sunrise ...and, as the rising sun was breaking through the river mists, we floated past the impressive ghats and temples that line the bank. Everything looked and felt so exotic and timeless .. 5) When l was 26, l flew to Hawaii for a supposed 2 week holiday . l ended up living there for 4 years. It was hard to leave such a beautiful place. The small town boy was seduced by all those coconut trees, rainbows and frangipani. 6 When l was 30, l went on a 4 month trip through Europe and Morocco. To see the midnight sun in Narvik , Norway stand beside the Parthenon in Athens enjoy long walks in the green,springtime hills of Ireland was all like a dream come true. l love Europe, and wish l could spend a year living in each country . 7) The biggest change in my life came when l was in my early 30s. l fell victim to a medical condition that took away a lot of my energy, both physical and mental . l had to change my plans from an ambitious, high-energy life a life that was very simple and very limited in scope. But l fully realize that, overall, l have been very lucky in this world. l feel that destiny has been very generous to me . 8) Several years ago, l received an e-mail from a lady in a foreign country who has been totally blind from birth. She asked if l would be willing to help her practice and improve her English . This is a lady who never saw her mother's face ...has never seen her own face, or the face of a laughing child ...has never seen a rainbow or a butterfly ...the rising mist on a summer river or the glittering winter stars at midnight. And yet ....l have never heard her complain ....she maintains an independent life in a big city with her own flat....takes the subway to work at 2 different jobs ...plays the piano beautifully ...has learned far more about computers and technology than l will ever know ...and is always looking for ways to improve and grow as a person. There is so much bad news in the world today . ...but to know such a person reminds me that there can also be great courage and dignity in the human spirit. 9) One of my favorite quotes is from Einstein .... " The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious . It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of all true art and true science." 10) l love cats for their beauty, grace and mystery. My favorite pet was a tabby cat named Nancy . l still think about her everyday . 11) Books and reading have probably been the single greatest joy in my life. Just the act of walking into a nice library can give me a slightly euphoric feeling . l love to read just about anything except camera manuals ....which helps explain why l am such a mediocre photographer . 12 ) l am a terrible procrastinator, but l do plan to confront that issue ....and l plan to do it next week ....or, maybe, next month ....or know ...whenever l get around to it . 13) l love to see paintings and all forms of visual art. A few of my favorite painters :...Edward Hopper, Frida Kahlo. Henri Rousseau .....Van Gogh ....Hieronymus Bosch, Andy Warhol, Giorgio de Chirico. l am lucky that some of my Flickr contacts are painters and graphic artists ....l love seeing their work. 14) My favorite meal is Thanksgiving.l think pumpkin pie with whipped cream is food worthy of the angels. For my birthday, l like coconut pie. Then l have to diet for the other 363 days :-))) It seems that everything l Really want to eat has a zillion calories . 15) Sunrise is my favorite time of day . Sunrise is when the colors are freshest and the air is sweetest. To experience the awakening of a new day can fill our hearts with hope . 16) Walking is my favorite exercise . In a world that is much too tense ....too crowded ..and too complex ....the sheer simplicity of walking is a wonderful emotional release . And, when l walk , l always take my camera ...because you never know what's waiting around the next bend :-) Thank you for reading my list . Best wishes to You for happiness in your life :-)

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