Here’s another Sunday Stealing from the League of Extraordinary Penpals
Have you ever written to a celebrity? Did they respond?
I don’t know that I’ve ever written to any celebrity directly except to some comic book creator types who I have gotten to know. I did write to Paul Simon’s label once to complain that the six-minute version of Boy In The Bubble should have been on the expanded version of Graceland, but there’s no reason to think that Paul himself ever read it.
Do you read letters immediately or wait until you are ready to reply?
What are “letters”? Oh yeah, I remember letters. Usually wait, although if I think I’ll let it slip through the cracks, I’ll try to push it up in my queue.
My preferences when it comes to reading
Sufficient light (a growing requirement), probably on the sofa because it’s the only place, other than my office (and I want not even to see the computer, lest I be tempted to check it out), that provides comfort and sufficient illumination. The television must not be on. Music can be, but it should not have words, which is to say mostly classical or jazz.
What I’m least likely to change my mind about?
Things that are true over time. An example: my wife had some medical issues involving her left leg. She has not been to church in over a month. I recommended that she take her cane to church today. This is because when someone does not appear hurt/injured, others perceive that he or she is better physically than they might be.
I believe this to be true because my wife and I have a friend who has experienced severe pain over time. They have told us that because they don’t LOOK unwell that others believe they are faking or malingering. Having a crutch or sling or wheelchair or visible bandages – and my wife has bandages under her clothes – is a sign that “something is wrong.”
Whether my wife will take the advice, IDK.
The topics I would get wrong during trivia
Car models, flower varieties, and actors who became famous in the 21st century.
What I’m hopeful about right now?
That my wife will continue to heal
Philosophies I’ve learned/embraced from others
A Unitarian once told me that “we create our own theology,” and I think that’s true. I may believe something uplifting from the Gospel according to Matthew, but I don’t feel obliged to explain some dreadful verses from Leviticus.
What makes home feel like home?
Music and books.
Talents and skills I like to cultivate
Getting around via mass transit, keeping up with political events
What makes my heart race?
Music, for sure. There is music that will make me cry with joy or cry with melancholy. Take one example: Gone Away by Roberta Flack. It really doesn’t get going until the second verse. It’s described here: The late, great Donny Hathaway “lifted that fleeting horn melody from his own ‘I Believe to My Soul’ and used it to anchor the chorus and closing section.” In the right mood, the song can make me weep.
What power means to me
The ability to turn on my computer, my CD player, my cellphone…
One of my comfort hobbies
Playing with my Hess trucks.
Last time I was pleasantly surprised
When my wife started changing her own bandages this week
How was my October 2022?
Those who inspire my growth
Almost anyone who has a rational point of view. Of course, I get to define what I think is rational.