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Questions from Janie

So I tagged The Aspiring Bard with my questions.  And she answered them!!  Her answers were fabulous and made me laugh.  :D  And then she posted questions for the next group to answer.
Typically, you wouldn't immediately jump back into the rotation of questions, but she left it open to the public and I have nothing better to do.  So here are MY answers to HER questions:
1. What's one thing that you're good at? I can bend backwards and touch my forehead with my toes.

2. What color would you choose to describe your personality? Why?  This is a hard question.  I don't think of people in colors.  And don't colors change with mood?  Hmmm.  Let's say a dark, deep red color.  It's not flashy or in your face.  It's kind of warm and soothing.  It's the richer part of pink.  It blends in well with things and yet adds a bit of color.  It deepens frivolous colors and brightens dark colors.  How's that?

3. Dream job/occupation? Writer/mother/animals

4. List three of your current favorite books/movies.
     I see this says "3 of," implying that the list itself is quite long...which is true.

     Facing the Giants
     Faith Like Potatoes
     Journey of Natty Gann

     Oliver Twist
     Spike of Swift River
     Bob, Son of Battle

5. List three of your all-time favorite books/movies.
     I'm changing this to authors and I am restricting myself to three.  And I'm not saying God because He is too great to be included in a common list.
     Charles Dickens
     Louisa May Alcott
     James Herriot

6.What plot elements/themes/characters endeared those six to you?
     I love stories with many threads that all come together (Dickens).
     I love ordinary stories about home life and daily struggles (Alcott and Herriot).
     I love the way Bob, Son of Battle made me see villains as real people.
     I love stories that inspire me to walk closer with Christ.
     I love heroes that arise from reluctant but capable sources.

7. List three of your favorite bloggers.
How about five? and

8. What specific elements/content motivated you to follow and engage with those blogs?
I like the way they view the world and share it.  They have a way with words that captures me in a way I can't quite describe.
Then, in addition to that, I love the wit, humor, and "epicness" of Janie.
I love the sweet, pleasant, live-for-Jesus atmosphere of Joy.
I love the medical student aspect and the witness of God aspect of Katherine Sophia.
I love the everyday-life, family love, historical enthusiasm, and full-of-life flavor of Emily.
And I love the encouraging-people's-talents and I-give-you-just-enough-info-to-make-you-hungry-for-more skills of Anne.

9. Frequent, short blog posts or less frequent, more in-depth posts?
Hmmm...maybe a mix.  I sometimes don't feel I have time for long posts.  But sometimes I get tired of the "fluff" of little posts.

10. What is one Bible verse or quote that has encouraged or challenged you recently?
1 Corinthians 12


  1. I loved these! You are insanely exactly does one bend backward and touch one's forehead with one's toes?

  2. Lay down on your stomach. Using your arms, push your upper body off the ground (keeping your tummy on the ground). Bend your knees so your feet are up in the air. Then, by pushing with your arms and bending your knees further, stretch until your feet touch your head.
    Sometimes, if it has been too long since I did it, I can't reach my head with my toes. Then I have to work at it again, stretching a little bit closer each day.
    But I'm a little bit weird -- I'd rather bend backward than forward. Most people are the other way around.

  3. Oh, The Journey of Natty Gann is such a good movie! I haven't watched it in a while ... I should pull that out again! I love Louisa May Alcott ... she's so awesome. And I've never actually read Oliver (I'm gonna change that soon) but I've listened to the radio drama version by Focus on the Family and it is SO GOOD. My sister is actually in the play this summer, too!

    Aww thank you so much for the shout out! You're so sweet!

  4. When I first read Oliver Twist, I was too young to understand sarcasm in writing, and I was very confused. A very kind lady who understood how detrimental it could be to let a child sleep with a full stomach??? And so made sure that she could never be accused of such a thing??? I was completely lost, trying to fathom such kindness.
    But the next time I read it, it made sense. Oliver was my first Dickens book, and it introduced me to his way of running many threads and tying them all together at the end. And it will always hold a special place in my heart. I hope you get to read it soon.

  5. Also, I am thrilled that you've seen Natty Gann. I was half-afraid no one else would have heard of it. ;)

  6. I, too have seen Natty Gann, though it was a long time ago and I don't really remember much about it. I was pleasantly surprised to also see Bob, Son of Battle on the list, as that's not the most popular book in the world. And then, of course, there's dear Mr. Herriot, whose books have literally been loved to pieces by my siblings and me.

  7. Squeal! Bob, Son of Battle was another one I didn't expect people to recognize.
    Now I'll ask you: Have you ever read the Lad books (by Albert Payson Terhune)?

    1. Oh, yes. I went on a huge Terhune kick, and probably own about 10 of his books. My mom and I used to breed and sell Collies as a business, so we always really enjoyed his books.

  8. I love Terhune's books. And my family used to raise Shetland Sheepdogs (which are not Collies, but have a similar temperament -- or, at least, the ones we raised did). And think that is why his books made so much sense to me.
    It's so cool to find someone who knows collies and has read some of the same books you have!!! :D


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