What is the best pick me up that you know of? To shake you out of the blues?
Music with a great beat, songs that make my feet hanker to move. I love to put on some gospel or jazz, or even some Santana, and get up and dance my blues away. I find that after a few minutes, I can throw my head back and laugh, or hear myself saying, Ariba! Ariba!, if it is Latin music.
What would be the title of your memoir?
My memoir would highlight the miraculous nature of the life I have lived, and of how God has blessed me so richly. It would be called, “Convinced: My Help Comes from Heaven!” It would highlight the fact that, at every turn when I thought I was about to die (literally and figuratively) or fall into an abyss, I called out to God and to Jesus, and was heard and helped. My hope and my faith have been built on seeing the promises of God come true in my life and the life of others.
Where do you like to go when you eat out?
I love fried fish, so Douglas and I go to Captain D’s for Seniors’ Day on Sunday, after church. we have a place here called Farmers, a buffet restaurant, and I like to go on Friday and Saturday when they have fish in every variety, but especially huge boiled shrimp. Oh, goodness, just writing about it makes me tremble!
One of the perils to not saving enough for the kind of retirement I wanted is the inability to go out to eat a lot. We did not have money for that when I was a kid, and sitting down and letting someone serve me is one of the joys of my life. When we travel, we eat out nearly the whole time (why go, if not for the food,too?), and it just adds to my wonder and joy of the places we visit.
Do you believe in luck?
No, I don’t believe in luck. As a Christian, I believe in the blessings of the Father, and that what God has for you will come to you. I also believe that you have to work hard for what you have, eight hour’s of work for eight hours pay, and that if you give your best in whatever the role and are kind and open to helping others, goodness will follow you all the days of your life.
Aside from necessities, what is one thing you couldn’t go a day without?
Reading a book, both my Bible and a good murder mystery. The two may seem a little incongruous, but in the British mysteries I love and devour like water, good always triumphs over evil. Reading feeds my soul, and it has been through books that I survived an awful childhood, domestic violence, and have a thirst and hunger for travel. I cannot imagine a day without a reading a book. They take me away from the world around me and I can find peace, no matter what is happening in the news. A bookstore is a like a bakery or candy store for me: I want them all!
Written for Share Your World from Sparks from a Combustible Mind, March 25, 2019. Answer the questions presented.