Sunday, December 15, 2019

Sunday Stealing

Read about it here
Taken from The Book of Questions

1. If you saw a dog locked in a hot car, what would you do? First, I'd call the police. This is why it's good that each of us always has a phone. Then I would go to the nearest business and ask if them to make an announcement, in case the owner is nearby.

2.  Is it easy for you to accept help when you need it? No, but I'm working on it. It's the lasting lesson I learned from Elizabeth Edwards' book. Relationships are stronger -- we are each stronger -- when we ask for and accept help.

3. Have you ever been in a fashion show? No.


4. Would you like to be famous? No. I think the scrutiny and judgement would make me crazy. I would, however, love to be really rich.

5. What is your most compulsive habit? I press the elevator button, even if someone else has already called for the elevator.


6. What do you most strive for in your life: accomplishment, security, love, power, excitement, knowledge, or something else? Something else. (Happiness, to be specific.)

So not my family

7.How close and warm is your family? Ha!

8. Does that fact that you have never done a thing before increase or decrease its appeal to you? Depends on what it is. Space travel? Yes. Haven't done it, not at all interested. Visit Quebec? Haven't done it but curious about it.

9. If your friends start belittling a common acquaintance, would you defend that person? Depends on the person. What did they do? Were they incompetent or cruel? Or are my friends just making fun of a sweater they're wearing. Big difference.


10.  Do you make a special effort to thank someone who does you a favor? Yes. How do you react when you aren’t thanked for going out of your way for someone? I'm sad.

11. Since adolescence, in what 3-year period do you feel you experienced the most personal growth and change? 21 to 24. I went from a secretary to a copywriter, from having a job to having a career.

12. When you do something ridiculous, how much does it bother you to have other people notice it and laugh at you? Depends.

13. Do you believe in capital punishment? No. I've written about this before, BUT my friend John was on a jury that sentenced a man to death. Years later, it was proven that the man was innocent, and that the police beat a false confession from the defendant. John was heartsick and deeply depressed that he was nearly responsible for an innocent man's death. 

If the state decides that taking a life is necessary, then the JUDGE should take responsibility, not just some citizen who is doing his duty by serving on a jury.

14. Do you find it so hard to say “no” that you regularly do favors you do not want to do? Yes.

15.  What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about? Yes. Disabilities. Whether it's Serge Kovaleski, the Washington Post reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize despite a congenital joint condition, or Greta Thunberg, who became Time's Person of the Year despite battling Asperger, the President of the United States should not mock their disabilities. It's one thing to attack their work, but he imitated Kovaleski's deformed hand and speech, and Thunberg's difficulty in modulating. He is making fun of things they cannot help, and that's ugly.

Donald Trump should be too grateful to God that he, his five children and ten grandchildren are healthy to behave this way. And I worry about what children think when they see adults applaud  the most powerful man in the free world as he mocks the disabled. 



  1. are that elevator rider I always roll my eyes at. I'm good natured about it though. I roll my eyes at my own idiosyncrasies, too.

  2. With you all the way on the donald.

  3. I can tell you that kids living in Northern Maine don't have enough exposure to the world at large to know that the President's behavior is juvenile, offensive, and unbecoming.

  4. I agree with you completely on #15 and applaud you for bringing up #45’s behavior. I find it unbelievable that his supporters don’t seem to get how those things are so wrong. They act as though those things didn’t happen.
    A person can support a president or other holder of a government office and STILL call them out when their behavior is unbecoming of their position. We still have that right.

  5. Totally agree on Trump being a dick. This may sound weirdly pretty, but I have two family members on the autism spectrum...they dont consider it something to be battled...its just who they ARE. Like Deaf folks aren't battling deafness, they are just Deaf.

  6. Donald grrrr!,,,,,, Well said on your part.
    #13 as well! The Judge Should do the sentencing. The jury does the “finding”.
    I used to be a little sad when I was not thanked. But I realized, as I got older, that there really was a reward for kindness, which is what favors are, that went well beyond being thanked. I got to grow more kindly. Not getting credit for your work is the worst. Still haven’t figured that one out.

  7. I appreciated your answer to the last question very much. Wish I'd thought of it myself. (In my defense, I'm sick. Second round of antibiotics.)