Five Questions

  1. What’s the subject you’d most like to study and why?

    I realized a couple of weeks back that I have a lot of book knowledge. I don’t have enormous reserves of practical experience. So rather than getting into — I’d reallly like to make contributions to the study of quantum mechanics or solve Fermat’s last theorem — I’d like to study carpentry and learn how to make stuff with my hands. I’d like to learn to be a blacksmith and work with iron. I’d like to learn pottery. I’d like to be a gardener. I think education these days tends to ignore or pass over the practical, hands-on arts, and so I’d like to devote some study time to them.

    It looks like I’m going to get the chance, in the form of the school’s garden. I already have a three-year plan, to develop the garden this year; to add an apiary next year (bees! I can be Virgil! ha!), and to add some fruit trees the year after that.

    I also really want to learn some serious carpentry skills, but I think that’s going to be on the back burner for a while. Although, ‘s new housemate has a barn in need of refurbishing, so it’s entirely possible that I’ll learn some skills this summer under our friend John’s direction.

  2. What ever happened with that staff that you found and carved symbols into?

    I’m using it. I haven’t carved any symbols into it yet, but as could attest — if he hadn’t been sworn to some silence on the matter — it’s got some power in it already. In any case, I’m taking it out walking when I go walking, and it’s just absorbing some mighty spring juju these days. The kids are fascinated by it.

  3. How did you and lovelips meet and get together?

    Her lover at the time introduced us, and thought we’d work well together. That’s the short, least complicated version. In practice, it was a little more rowdy than that, but that’s a good beginning. The FIRST time we met, she ignored me, and I pretty much walked right past her. It took later meetings to convince us that we were interested.

  4. If you could write a book, just for you, what would it be about?

    Well, I am writing a book. I’m writing an epic poem, actually, and Book I and about a third of Book II are finished. The people who’ve read it so far have been impressed. It’s about a young man touched by destiny who leaves home, meets a beautiful princess, and gets suckered into doing impossible work in order to marry her. Kind of a Jason and the Argonauts kind of story.

  5. What’s one thing you really want to achieve in the next five years?

    I really want to finish this epic and move on to other things. I really would like to buy my own house. I’d really like to visit some other parts of the world before it becomes too expensive or too difficult to visit the rest of the world — Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Korea, Iceland. I’d really like to become famous. There’s other things but that’s what I’ll admit to right now.

Those rules again:

1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

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  1. 1) If you could form a women’s circle of LJ members who would meet in person once a month, who would you want to be in that circle? What do you think they would bring to the gathering?
    2) What are you most looking forward to doing here in CT (after me –I’ll assume, in my usual self-centered way, that I’m the #1 reason.)?
    3) What do you want our community to be like in five years?
    4) Of all the personal growth workshops you’ve done, which did you think was most helpful, and why?
    5) What are you going to most miss about Boston/Somerville?

  2. 1) What, besides fiddle, do you practice on a regular basis?
    2) What made you decide to come to SpiritFire, and what keeps you coming back?
    3) Do you have a regular spiritual practice? What is it?
    4) How has the last year or two deepened your sense of self and your sense of community? What do you want out of the next year or two?
    5) What was the last book you read that got you really worked up, happy, or enraged?

  3. 1) Has dancing made you more aware of anatomy in your teaching? Has teaching helped improve your dancing?
    2) What (three things each, please) are you going to miss about this town and school when you move on?
    3) How would you like to transform yourself over the next five years?
    4) Tell us briefly about one of your students who you think might be destined for great things… and why that excites or scares you.
    5) Do you think that this town and your school have changed the way you express or understand your pagan and craft-wise ways?

  4. 1) How does photography inform your writing, and how does writing inform your photography?
    2) You use shorthand-but-descriptive labels for people in your journal — how do you go about choosing those labels, and do people feel insulted or complimented when they discover who they are?
    3) How is digital technology changing the way that you photograph?
    4) Has being a photographer ever gotten you into serious trouble? What happened?
    5) What would you like to be known for in the world in five years?

  5. 1) Where do you find inspiration and hope in the poetry ‘scene’ these days? What do you hear of from far-off places that excites you?
    2) Are you trying any forms of alternative therapies to cope with your mental stresses, such as acupuncture, herbal remedies, and so on? Have you investigated them at all?
    3) What are you doing to ‘step outside the culture’ and critique what the government and the nation are currently doing? Do you see yourself as an activist in this role?
    4) How is Uxbridge responding to the idea of poets meeting in their midst? How has your experience of your hometown changed by having the SPEAK reading in your back yard?
    5) What do you want to do or have finished in the next five years? What do you hope to begin in the next five years?

    • 1) If you could form a women’s circle of LJ members who would meet in person once a month, who would you want to be in that circle? What do you think they would bring to the gathering?
      2) What are you most looking forward to doing here in CT (after me –I’ll assume, in my usual self-centered way, that I’m the #1 reason.)?
      3) What do you want our community to be like in five years?
      4) Of all the personal growth workshops you’ve done, which did you think was most helpful, and why?
      5) What are you going to most miss about Boston/Somerville?

    • 1) What, besides fiddle, do you practice on a regular basis?
      2) What made you decide to come to SpiritFire, and what keeps you coming back?
      3) Do you have a regular spiritual practice? What is it?
      4) How has the last year or two deepened your sense of self and your sense of community? What do you want out of the next year or two?
      5) What was the last book you read that got you really worked up, happy, or enraged?

    • 1) Has dancing made you more aware of anatomy in your teaching? Has teaching helped improve your dancing?
      2) What (three things each, please) are you going to miss about this town and school when you move on?
      3) How would you like to transform yourself over the next five years?
      4) Tell us briefly about one of your students who you think might be destined for great things… and why that excites or scares you.
      5) Do you think that this town and your school have changed the way you express or understand your pagan and craft-wise ways?

    • 1) How does photography inform your writing, and how does writing inform your photography?
      2) You use shorthand-but-descriptive labels for people in your journal — how do you go about choosing those labels, and do people feel insulted or complimented when they discover who they are?
      3) How is digital technology changing the way that you photograph?
      4) Has being a photographer ever gotten you into serious trouble? What happened?
      5) What would you like to be known for in the world in five years?

    • 1) Where do you find inspiration and hope in the poetry ‘scene’ these days? What do you hear of from far-off places that excites you?
      2) Are you trying any forms of alternative therapies to cope with your mental stresses, such as acupuncture, herbal remedies, and so on? Have you investigated them at all?
      3) What are you doing to ‘step outside the culture’ and critique what the government and the nation are currently doing? Do you see yourself as an activist in this role?
      4) How is Uxbridge responding to the idea of poets meeting in their midst? How has your experience of your hometown changed by having the SPEAK reading in your back yard?
      5) What do you want to do or have finished in the next five years? What do you hope to begin in the next five years?

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