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Q & A for Friday

I am spending today (and tomorrow, and probably the next day and...) helping a friend move so pardon another meme so soon after Thursday.

Heart in San Francisco asked me the following questions.  If you would like to be interviewed either shoot me an email or put it in the comments.  I'll get the questions to you tonight or tomorrow.

1.  You have been made guru of a new belief system.  State what you wish your followers to accomplish for themselves and the world.

I would encourage my followers to be kind and gentle to themselves.  This includes learning to forgive themselves for their mistakes.  If we were each a little kinder to ourselves, we would be kinder and more forgiving to others.  In turn, we might accept ourselves and eventually accept others.

I also agree with Cesar Milan who says that the world would be a very different place if people ran with their dogs for an hour a day.

Accomplish exercise.  Accomplish kindness first toward yourself.  The rest would follow.

2.  If you could meet someone who is no longer living, famous or not, whom would you choose and what would you ask that person?

Oh Gosh, there are so many.

I think if I had a chance I'd like to take a tour of the Paris Catacombs with Jean Paul Satre.  The conversation would be intense, memory filled and long.  Then maybe, we could settle down for crepe and discuss existentialism, infidelity, and what the hell is his problem with Camus.

Or maybe I'd spend a day laughing with Marilyn Monroe.  I don't think I'd ask her much, just try to keep her laughing.

Or a day with my ancestor from Northern Ireland Anna Maria.  I'd ask her about the United Irishman and the crystal she stowed away in her socks.

Or Mohammed.  Boy, there's a lot of questions for me there, although I don't know if he would speak with me.

Or my dog Rosie.  If she could talk?

I could go on.  I have a deep curiosity about the inner workings of people and creatures.  There's so little time in this life to learn and understand the deepest mystery - how do people work?

3.  What do you consider the most important factors in living a holistic lifestyle?

Do something, every day, for yourself, your loved ones, and your environment.  It doesn't have to be big - recycle, reuse a bag, eat less meat, walk instead of drive.  Even one thing a day will bring your life into whole balance over time.

And whole balance is the foundation of a holistic lifestyle.

4.  If you were a fictional character, who would you be?

Thursday Next from Jasper Fforde's series.  She can walk into any book and become a character in that book.  I would wrinkle in time with Meg, eat green eggs with Sam, strategize with Jason Bourne, smoke a pipe with Gandolf, have coffee with Mathew, play Quiddich with Harry, eat Po' boy with Dave Robicheaux... Well, you get the picture.

5.  Pretend you have a crystal ball and describe the circumstances of your life in five years.

The first three books in my book series are published and the series is beginning to gain market share.  I'm not quite a best selling author (my goal) but I'm well on my way.  My fabulous agent and I are talking to producers about making at least one movie.

I'm busy writing (where I'm happiest).  I easily market myself and the books.  I have a book contract for one book more then I'm renegotiating for another four for better money and better help.

I'm still in Denver working on with my bees.  Rosie is older but still my constant companion.  D. is mid-way in his Ph.D. program.

As a person, I continue to learn to communicate, to engage, and to understand.  As I grow, my life expands to include things that are foreign, and unimaginable, to me now.

Interview rules:1. If you would like to participate, leave me a comment saying "Interview me."

2. I will respond by emailing you five questions.  I get to pick the questions.

3. Update your blog with a post containing your answers to the questions.

4. Include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you ask them five questions.

If you request questions from me, please give me a few days so that I can personalize them.