1. Americans will celebrate Labor Day this coming weekend. Do you know what we're actually celebrating? (without consulting your friends google or wikipedia, ahem) What's a project you're currently 'laboring' over?
I was raised in a union household. My dad was a member of the I.B.E.W. I was raised never to cross a picket line. I am a teacher and although it is not called a union per say....I pay dues to the NEA/AEA/ACEA - all education associations....if it looks like a duck, quacks, like a duck, and waddles like a duck....it is probably a duck. Labor Day is a celebration of American workers. Without them....a lot of things would never have come to pass. I am currently laboring over a couple of things....cleaning out my parents house (which I am struggling with), and making silverware windchimes.
2. Labor Day also signifies the unofficial end of summer for most of us...what summer food will you miss the most? If you live in the Southern hemisphere feel free to substitute winter for summer.
I am going to have to mimic Joyce's answer and say watermelon, squash, and tomatoes. I too love all the summer fruits but watermelon is my favorite. I love vine ripened tomatoes and hate the ones you buy in the grocery store in the winter. There is no taste and no acid.
3. A well known proverb states, "It's easier to seek forgiveness than ask permission." Your thoughts?
I would personally rather 'ask permission' than forgiveness. I have done it once or twice but was most uncomfortable with the process.
4. Food critic, film critic, art critic, book critic...which hat would you most like to wear? I would love to be a food critic. I do reviews on books now and enjoy that too.
5. When you were a kid, (besides your parents) who was your favorite adult? I had several. I was the only child and there were more adults in my life than kids. In my life...I loved them all. Little grandmother (my mom's mom) was probably number one...followed by my Godmother, Francis and then Elizabeth and Ethel(she was our landlady). This was a great springboard for upcoming posts. Thanks Joyce!
6. The astronaut Neil Armstrong passed away last week. He was regarded as a hero by many generations of people all around the world. Do we still have modern day heroes? What makes someone a hero? I watched a History Channel special about him tonight and I agree with Joyce that back in 1969 the courage it took for those astronauts to climb into that little bitty capsule is mind boggling. Neil Armstrong was a humble quiet and humble man for sure. In the special on television. he gave credit to everyone at NASA who made his moon walk possible rather than shouting, "Look at me! Look what I did!" I think he was a definite hero and a most amazing man.. The sad thing about our society is that today money seems to make people heros. Sports figures, movie stars, etc are all held up as heroes and that is so wrong. T.O., the rowdy football player was a former student of mine....young men in our town idolize him....and I hate that....this man is not someone who should be idolized. We also had a former student killed in Iraq....now that is a hero. There is a stretch of road in front of our school and they wanted to name it after T.O. I thought it should be named after the marine who died for my freedom. Fortunately the name was never changed. If I had to pick a hero today....I agree with Joyce....it would be the firefighters and policemen and invdividuals who rushed into the World Trade Center knowing there was a possibility they might not come out. It would be the men and women who fight for my freedom so I can sleep in peace at night. There are common everyday heroes all over the place...average people....miners who go back down after a shaft has collapsed to save their comrades....none of them have to make millions to be great. They are great because they are brave and humble.
7. I never get tired of __________________....spending time with my family.
8. Insert your own random thought here. Since I am a huge fan of Debby over at Just Breathe and a huge music buff I am going to join with Joyce and do my list of 15 vocalists and wonder who yours are???
The instructions were to name 15 vocalists (in no particular order) who will always stick with you...don't take too long to think about it, just the first 15 that pop into your head.
1. Bqrbara Streisand
2. James Taylor
3. Neil Diamond
4. Carole King
5. Gordon Lightfoot
6. Mary Black
7. Wynona Judd
8. Travis Cottrell
9. Natalie Grant
10. Nat King Cole
11. George Harrison
12. Paul McCartney
13. Mac Powell (Third Day)
14. Chris Tomlin
15. Steven Curtis Chapman
Have a great rest of the week.