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Thursday Thirteen #6 — My Interests

Posted by infinitygoods on November 14, 2007

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I am sharing with you 13 topics which interest me and are important to me. They are in no particular order, because most of these would all tie with each other. These are topics
you see and which will recur on my blog. To see more participants in this carnival or for
details on how to join, visit Thursday Thirteen.

1. Computers/Internet/Blogs/Technology/Science
These sort of overlap in many ways. I’m forward thinking and I’ve been using computers
since before my teen years, back in the days when people were saying it was a waste of
time, and it wouldn’t last. Wait, aren’t a lot of people still saying that? Well 30+
years later, I’m still interested. I remember asking for a calculator as a Christmas gift
when I was in Kindergarten. The people selling them were flabbergasted that a child would want one and thought no child would ever need one. This “pocket” calculator, the smallest on the market at the time, was about the size of a small paperback!

2. Fine Art
I was an art history minor and an art minor. I seriously considered switching it to my
major, and often wonder if I didn’t make a mistake. I draw, paint, photograph, make
ceramics and do a lot of new media paintings — that’s every stroke hand-painted by me, but instead of using paint, I use computers. Museums and galleries recognize new media, but the average person out there still claims the computer makes the paintings. Not so! This would be the equivalent of saying oil paint and brushes are the artists making the artwork. Computers do not make art. Paint and brushes do not make art. The people, the artists make art, regardless of which tools they use.

3. History/Biographies/Autobiographies
As much as I like the future, I also like the past. We can learn from our past and our
past can help us understand our present. I’m very much interested in people and their
lives which is why I like history and also what leads me to the next item.

4. Psychology/Sociology
I’m interested in people and what makes them tick. I’m also interested in science, so
psychology helps me understand the individual and sociology helps me understand the groups and societies we live in. In college my sociology professor had wanted me to switch majors to either sociology (he hoped) or psychology (which he admitted was related and thought I would like too). I ended up with an additional certificate in psychology, but I never switched majors to either psychology or sociology.

5. Cross-stitching/Crafts
My grandmother taught me how to cross-stitch and I spent numerous hours watching her even before she taught me how to do it. I find it very relaxing and as I like art and to create, cross-stitching and other crafts are just related to that.

6. Reading/Writing/Journalism/News/Books
These are all intertwined. As a professional journalist, writing and reading are just my
life. I just could not live without reading. I have to learn at all times and reading is
the best way for me to do that. I have been wanting to write since early childhood. I
have attempted not to write for a living, but life was just too miserable without a pen in
my hand or a keyboard at my fingertips. I’m a published journalist, but I would love to be a published author using either my journalistic skills to write non-fiction or even writing a
novel. I’m one of the crazy participants in National Novel Writing Month. Any publishers
out there interested in my writing voice?

7. Religion/God
I believe in God and shout it from the rooftops, but won’t attempt to convert atheists as
belief needs to come from inside your heart and soul. I worked for my parish for several
years and wanted to work there until retirement, but an evil man came into our midst,
getting rid of staff and clergy, swiftly putting a financially viable parish in the red,
and destroying the work of the last 40+ years. Some will turn away from God because of
him, but the destruction he brings is not of God. Destruction can never be of God.

8. Education
I love to learn, my husband and I have both taught, and since we have a son, education is very important to us. He went to private schools for several years and while that was fine, we found something better through an excellent public school system with an independent study program. Forget all the stereotypes of homeschooling and of public school. That’s not what it is. It’s more a combination of when people had private tutors teach their children, the one-room schools and parents nurturing their own children. The program is what it is thanks to our son’s wonderful teachers, especially the founder, Resa Steindel Brown. If you want a glimpse at what it’s all about, read her fantastic book, The Call to Brilliance: A True Story to Inspire Parents and Educators. You can also read about his science teacher in my blog posts here and here.

9. Family
Family and extended family is extremely important to me. It is where we receive and give love and support. Here on Earth, not counting God in Heaven, it is the one most important thing and it just doesn’t get more basic than that.

10. Movies/Plays
I don’t watch much TV, but I love a good movie or play. While it can’t replace a good
book, it’s still a story, whether real or fictional, and I love to be entertained. I
prefer comedies, especially for movies, because I don’t know about your life, but my life
is enough of a drama as it is. I just don’t need other people’s too, especially the made-
up ones. I really like adventures too, because this way I can escape to some fabulous
world and live vicariously. I would like science fiction, but most don’t meet my quality
standards unfortunately.

11. Hiking/Walking/Swimming
I enjoy being in nature and these are the most fun forms of exercise for me. These are not boring to me. I enjoy the scenery. Running would be too fast and strenuous to enjoy the
scenery. These are also quiet and since I despise noise, anything with bouncing balls,
whistling referees or echoing gymnasiums just would not work for me.

12. Cooking/Gourmet Food/Reading Cookbooks
Yes, I read cookbooks. I actually read cookbooks more than I eat or cook. As a teen my
mom would tell me that I read cookbooks instead of eating. I also love to cook when I
don’t have a full-time job. If I’m working, then cooking is no longer a pleasure and
something that I do for the family that I love. It becomes a chore and a race to put
anything on a plate in front of starving eyes in less than half an hour from the time I run
through the front door. But when I am not working, I will use all my knowledge from
reading all these cookbooks and all my creativity and use cooking as another art-form. I
also like real food. I am against eating engineered chemicals, dyes, artificial products.
I like wild salmon, trout and other fish, I like real butter on all my foods and especially
my popcorn. And you really don’t want me to get started on cloned meat, or cloned
anything, because I’m really against that!

13.Travel
I don’t travel enough. I would love to travel 365 days a year, but that’s simply not
possible. I put roots down with a family and a house. Once upon a time I contemplated
becoming a foreign correspondent, a travel writer and even a pilot or a stewardess, just so
that I could travel, but I will just have to be satisfied with having been to Germany,
France, Switzerland, Italy, England, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Arizona,
Nevada, Georgia, … Oops, that sounds like another Thursday Thirteen! 😉

Just click on Mister Linky to add your Thursday 13 link and see the other participants who linked here. And please don’t forget to post a comment. Thanks!

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  • Want to know why I’m participating in both? Click here.
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Thursday Thirteen #5 — 13 Favorite Cities

Posted by infinitygoods on November 7, 2007

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Welcome back to Thursday 13. This week I am sharing 13 favorite cities, why I like them, and a photo for your viewing pleasure whether you’ll be reminicing or discovering a new city. For a list of the other participants, be sure to visit thursdaythirteen.com.  The photos are from Flickr’s public files.  If you right click and select properties, a window listing my caption and giving credit to the photographer will pop up.

These are in alphabetical order.

1. Ashland, Oregon Downtown Ashland, Oregon. Photo by WAVE Journey.

It has lots of charm and a small town atmosphere. It is home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

2. Atlanta, Georgia Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta with city skyline. Photo by amiko

I love the history, architecture, contrasts.

3. Honolulu/Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, Oahu, Hawaii.  Photo by eobisch.

The ocean is warm from underwater volcanoes and there is natural beauty everywhere.

4. Los Gatos, California Los Gatos gate.  Photo by echoes71.

The cats are at the gate of a private home, but it is a popular landmark, the high school mascot and used for the town logos.

5. Malibu, California Malibu.  Photo by kla4067

Malibu is beautiful year round, but always dangerous with fires in summer and fall and mud and rock slides in winter and spring.

6. Menton, France Menton, the old town and harbor.  Photo by fede gen88

You can see here the church tower of St. Michael’s. It is full of artwork, but the church is very dark so it is difficult to see. There are stairs everywhere. The ones leading to the church and plaza were handset by the Romans with mosaic-like designs.

7. Oatman, Arizona Oatman, Arizona.  Photo by escapo

Named after the Oatman family massacred by the Indians in 1851. Two daughters were taken captive, their faces were tattooed and one died of starvation while she was an Indian slave. The other was sold back to the whites after five years as a slave and reunited with her brother who had been clubbed and left for dead. The ghost town has a few tourist shops and wild burros from the days of the gold rush.

8. Palo Alto, California Stanford University, CA.  Photo by Swang168

This is Stanford University with the Memorial Church at the Center.

9. Paris, France A view of the Eiffel Tower over the Seine River at dusk in Paris, France. Photo by Thomas Cristopher.

I love it’s beauty, architecture, culture and all the wonderful lights. A view of the Eiffel Tower over the Seine river at dusk.

10. Rimini, Italy Rimini, Italy.  Photo by beardyp

These little pedal boats are all over the beach and there are little changing cabins which you can rent. Sandcastles are also quite popular at this beach.

11. San Francisco, California San Francisco, California.  Photo byBRPhoto.

I too left my heart in San Francisco. It is surrounded by ocean on three sides and it never freezes, but you will find fog year round. Each neighborhood has its own very distinct character.

12. Saratoga, California Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, California.  Photo by hhwang19.

This is Villa Montalvo, originally built as the governor’s mansion, but is now a park and cultural center with artists in residence. It is often used for weddings, concerts and plays. It has great hiking trails through chaparrals.

13. Sausalito, California Sausalito, California.  Photo by BRPhoto

Sausalito is across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Most of the houses sit on the mountainside and some residents live on houseboats. Flowers thrive throughout the town with the beneficial ocean air.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my short tour around the world. I am participating in National Blog Post Month so throughout November I will be posting daily and I’m looking forward to your visits.

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By Popular Request: Update to Thursday Thirteen

Posted by infinitygoods on November 2, 2007

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Here’s an addition to my Thursday Thirteen list by popular demand from e-mails and because of Wolfie’s and 4urpets’ comments asking which were my favorites. So Wolfie and all the others, here’s an annotated list of the 13 cities I have lived in.I liked all but one town. My favorites would be Paris, Menton, Monte Sereno and Palo Alto.

  • Almaden, CA — I love this place by the lake with windsurfers and a man-made beach.
  • Calabasas, CA — A fabulous and safe town today with lots of family-friendly activities, but a hot, dusty, middle-of-nowhere-town back in the days when we lived there, yet it remains one of my favorites and one of the places where I was happiest.
  • Chatsworth, CA — Home of Lucy and Desi Arnaz, but has become the porn capital of the world. It changed from a horse property area to a factory and gang infested area so we moved pronto.
  • Malibu, CA — I had the privilege of living in this beautiful beach town with wonderful people. I have many fabulous memories as I went to college there and was married there. My heart stops each time I hear on the news they are in peril once again from fire, mud slides, rock slides, etc..
  • Menton, France — Has a fabulous lemon and orange parade each summer. Think Pasadena’s Rose Parade with citrus. The tomatoes are to die for, the sea is warm, and we had a spectacular view of the Italian and French Riviera and Monte Carlo.
  • Monte Sereno, CA — Smells like jasmine as it grows everywhere. Whenever I need to relax, I visualize floating in my pool looking up at the gorgeous blue sky and the palm trees gently swaying in the breeze.
  • Palo Alto, CA — Home of Stanford, Hewlett Packard and many more Silicon Valley companies. It’s a good town for families and history and culture buffs like me. The people are very conscious of their beautiful and clean environment and it’s a stone throw from San Francisco.
  • Paris, France — The most beautiful city I have ever seen in my life.
  • Port Hueneme, CA — Another beach town. Do you notice a trend? I love water. Water refreshes my soul.
  • Santa Cruz, CA — Another beach town, but I desperately hope I will never be forced to live there again. The nature is gorgeous, a few people are extremely nice, but most are still stuck in the hippy, druggy ’60s. It is dirty and crowded. I have traumatic memories of living there. Sorry Santa Cruz!
  • Thousand Oaks, CA — They planned a cultural center for 30 years, but they waited until I moved out to finally build it. While I was there it was hickville. Today it deservedly gets voted each year as one of the best towns in California.
  • West Hills, CA — It’s a nice bedroom suburb community of Los Angeles, but there’s not much to say about it.
  • Woodland Hills, CA — See comment about West Hills, although it is busier as one of LA’s major business streets, Ventura Boulevard, runs right through it.

So there you have it. Be sure to see my next Thursday Thirteen because it’s related to this list which in part was why I had elected not to annotate this one, but I’m glad you’re interested enough to send me your requests.

And, don’t forget, I’m participating in National Blog Post Month (and National Novel Writing Month at the same time — just because I insanely love to write), so although tomorrow is Saturday, I’ll be posting. I’ll be writing in my blog every single day for the month of November so please stop by and visit me.

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  • Don’t know what NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are? Read all about it here and here.
  • Want to know why I’m participating in both? Click here.

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Thursday Thirteen #2 — What’s Important In My Life

Posted by infinitygoods on October 17, 2007

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Welcome back to Thursday Thirteen where you get to know details about my life.

Here are 13 items for you to get to know what is important in my life.

1. God

2. Family

3. My pets

4. Friends

5. Reading

6. Learning

7. Writing

8. Blogging

9. Traveling

10. Fine Art

11. Photography

12. Cooking

13. Cross-stitching

Be sure to visit www.thursdaythirteen.com to find all the T13 participants.

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