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Want some insight into yours truly here?

Well, I said “My answers will be posted … later.”

It’s later.

Here are my answers … at least some of them. This will give you an insight into me … more than most have.

And I will assume that since it is the holiday weekend, hardly anyone will see this.

1.If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?

I don’t know. I’ve made plenty, though. I’m thinking it has something to do with the God-striking-you-dead school of thought many of us were raised in.

2.What is the difference between being alive and truly living?

For me? It’s the difference between living in a comfortable relationship with a person that didn’t have my passion for life … vs being willing to live in a shoebox anywhere with a person who did.

3.Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?

Intolerance.

4.Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?

There is a story of a little girl, sitting on a windowsill … tears running down her face … saying “Jesus if you would just let me have one friend, I will be the best friend there ever was.” He did. I have been.

5.Does love equal sex?

Asked someone who must have thought it was. Of course not. That’s like saying does Peanut Butter equal Jelly. But if you are making a sandwich, it’s better with both.

6.If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

Something creative. Actually anything creative. Formerly Web Design, currently Radio stuff.

7.Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?

Doing what I believe in, although I am neither wealthy nor with someone. But I will never settle again.

8.If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?

My life would be over. But if I rewound? I probably would not have gotten married … at least not to my ex-husband. I did mention he was an EX-husband, right? See Question #2 above.

9.Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?

How about C – none of the above. Worry is counterproductive. I will never do all things right, and doing my best is good enough. I also will never do all the right things, but as long as I am true to my heart …

10.If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?

Someone who is not currently speaking to me. And no, I’m not saying who. But if they read this, they will know.

11.If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?

Follow your heart, and don’t let anyone stop you … including yourself.

12.What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?

Live happily ever after … loving and being loved simultaneously. What’s holding me back? See #10 above.

13.Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

Now this is an interesting question. Because I am not a joyful simpleton, and I would not be wild about the idea of giving up my intelligence. It’s kind of what I am known for. But joyful sounds pretty darned good …

14.Has your greatest fear ever come true?

Yes. A few times over. And I am still standing to tell the tale. I guess that speaks volumes, eh?

15.Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?

More work that I actually enjoy doing. Go figure. It would be nice to get paid for it, while I’m at it. Is that an option here?

16.When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?

While huffing and puffing last night on the very steep steps here at the hotel with suitcase, purse and computer bag. Note to self: Lose weight. Get in shape.

17.Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?

Mostly letting others make them for me. But this is a very unusual time in my life, and will only last a few more weeks / months. To the extent that I am allowing myself to be in this situation, I am making my own decision. Trust me, it would make sense if you knew the whole story.

18.If you had all the money in the world but still had to have some kind of job, what would you choose to do?

Philanthropist – organizing small start-up businesses … here and in third world countries to really make a difference to people. Not what you thought, eh?

19.When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?

OK, let’s make the rash assumption that a) I get to live to be 90 years old and b) that I will have any cognitive idea of what is going on. That I followed my heart and took risks … and have memories to show for it.

20.What do you regret most so far in life?

Seriously? No regrets except one. That going through my divorce caused my children the pain that it did. I don’t regret getting the divorce, though.

21.If you were at heaven’s gates, and God asked you “Why should I let you in?”, what would you say?

“No reason whatsoever. But I’m hoping you will anyway.”

22.What small thing could you do to make someone’s day better?

I have found that meeting people with a smile or a kind word often makes a difference … to us both.

23.What impact do you want to leave on the world?

I doubt that I will have an impact at all. But if I keep putting one foot in front of the other, and I do leave some mark, all the better. Maybe the children I gave birth to will make an impact, and I by giving birth to them will have made a contribution to it all.

24.When was the last time you tried something new?

This would probably be going on the radio at age 59. After being told my whole life that I had a voice for radio. Or maybe having rented this room for the summer by the lake. Or writing this blog.

25.What life lesson did you learn the hard way?

All of them. There is an easy way?

26.What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?

Five years ago … 2008 … maybe getting out of the relationship I was in then instead of waiting another few years. Now that I think of it … that would apply to “What do you wish you spent more time doing fifteen years ago” too.

The other 26 will be answered tomorrow. Stay tuned …