Luci tagged me for the “seven things” thing so here goes:
1. I have been a vegetarian for thirty years. My last meaty meal was a pork roll sandwich on the Ocean City boardwalk. The very next day I read the book, The Vegetarian Alternative (out of print), from cover to cover and our lives were forever changed.
2. I am an anti-vivisectionist and try to purchase cruelty-free products whenever I can.
3. I believe, with all my heart, that all animals go to heaven when they die - and there will be ecstatic, rapturous reunions!
4. My very favorite poem in the entire world (and one that resonates within every fiber of my being) comes from a book of Jewish prayers first published in 1947 called The Language of Faith (out of print). I hope I don’t get in trouble for quoting it here:
With all my strength and spirit, I adore
You, Truth, aloud and in my secret core.
I hoard your name. And who can rob this spoil?
He is my love. What other could I crave?
He is my light. How could my lamp need oil?
How can I falter, leaned on such a stave?
They mock - and do not know that mockery,
Because I praise your name, is praise to me.
Source of my life, your praise shall sound as long
As I can breathe my fervor into song.
5. I am very interested in Mideast politics and am currently reading Joan Peter’s highly respected and well-documented book, From Time Immemorial. I would recommend that to anyone interested in countering the media’s anti-Israel bias.
6.Politically and culturally, I am a Libertarian and an iconoclast. And I find the current climate of political correctness very disturbing. I also don’t believe in sacrificing freedom for security.
And last and maybe least -
7.I started to collect fashion dolls last year. I have several Gene Marshall dolls based upon the film actresses of the thirties and forties. Because of those dolls and my interest in vintage clothing, DH and I have recently begun watching old films when we get a chance (lots of costume design inspiration!) and are really enjoying them. We especially love Rita Hayworth and Bette Davis. DH has such a crush on Rita - what an exquisitely beautiful lady she was! As I write this, I’m singing “Put the blame on Mame, boys…”