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21 Questions

21 Questions is a web project designed "to show a different sort of weblog snapshot of the wonder that is, well, you". Here are my answers to the 21 questions...

1. Show your favorite digital photograph here:
two trees
2. What is your motto or quote?
"Man is but a reed, the most frail thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed. The entire universe need not arm itself to crush him. A mist or drop of water is sufficient to kill him. But should the universe crush him, man would still be more noble than what kills him, because he knows that he dies; but the universe knows nothing of the advantage it has over him." (Pascal)
3. If you could meet any two people (living or dead), who would they be, and why? (Let me clarify, aside from Jesus and Einstein, who would they be?)
Henry David Thoreau and Jalaleddin Rumi: Both deeply loved life and knew how to communicate their passion for it.
4. Creative Writing 101. 5 minutes. Stream of Thought.

I was a very curious child who loved nature and, for some reason, insects; all kinds of insects: beetles, butterflies, and bees. Even those little animals that are not quite insects: spiders, earthworms, pill bugs and worse.

I remember reading books about insects and there I found my favorite insect: the firefly. I never did see a firefly as a child. I lived in a colder part of the world, and there weren´t any fireflies, or at least any that I had seen.

But fireflies captured my imagination. To me they were luminaries carrying dreams from distant warm parts of the world. I always wanted to see one, or better yet to have a jar full of them that I could keep up on my desk to look at in the night.

I was quite sick as a child. I always seemed to be much sicker in the night than in the daytime. I thought that looking up at jar of fireflies would have been very comforting.

Time has gone by. Many things have changed, but there is a happy ending. I have been fortunate enough to have had many adventures. On a number of them I got to see fireflies in warm parts of the earth. And best of all, when I grew up I was no longer sick. But since I still live in the North, my only wish is that I could see fireflies more often.

5. What you want to be most remembered for?
Small kindnesses and love of my children.
6. If you wrote a book, what would the first (or last) line be?
This is a story of love and obsession.
7. If you were King (and/or) Queen for a day, describe your first proclamation.
Be good to one another, or else.
8. If you could change one thing about yourself, or your situation, what would it be? (Money is no object.)
9. There's no genie, but you've been granted three wishes.
I guess asking for a hundred more wishes is out... Here goes: Immortality, a friend to share it with, and the resources to enjoy it.
10. Last trip "out of town" you took, and when.
From Edmonton to Winnipeg. A photojournal of the trip is located here.
11. Find a word in the dictionary that you never knew before and post the definition to it here:
"Apoptosis describes the programmed cell death, the deliberate suicide of a cell in a multicellular organism for the greater good of the whole individual. In contrast to necrosis, apoptosis occurs naturally during development, for example, the differentiation of human fingers requires the cells in between the fingers to initiate apoptosis so that the fingers can separate". (Wilkipedia)
12. What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
Traveled by foot at night in a Central American village. I seen a spot of light from a lazer gun sight by my feet in the dark. Of course there was nothing to do but not look behind and just keep walking.
13. Name something positively amazing (besides your birth) that happened the year you were born.
The first commercially available integrated circuits became available from the Fairchild Corporation.
14. Name your favorite Beatle.
15. In 250 words (or less), answer me this: "If money were not an object, and you were to leave tomorrow to travel around the world in 100 days, name your preferred method of travel and at least a dozen destinations you'd visit."
I would travel by private jet and helicopter and spend approximately 5 days in each of 20 countries that I have listed below with a "must see" city or location:
  • Bagan, Burma
  • Angkor, Cambodia
  • Easter Island, Chile
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Stonehenge, England
  • Axum, Ethiopia
  • Patmos, Greece
  • Amritsar, India
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Cashel, Ireland
  • Paestum, Italy
  • Mt. Fuji, Japan
  • Djenne, Mali
  • Chichen Itza, Mexico
  • Zerhoun, Morocco
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Zaragoza, Spain
  • That Phanom, Thailand
  • Lhasa, Tibet
  • White Sands, United States
16. Name of the last book you read, and list your favorite passage from said book.
Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard. My favorite passage is: "Infinite resignation is that shirt in the old fable. The thread is spun with tears, bleached by tears, sewn in tears, but then it gives better protection than iron and steel. The secret in life is that everyone must sew it for himself."
17. Last funny thing a child said to you.
Why do my clothes keep growing out of me? (from a three year old)
18. Put down one stanza from your favorite song lyric, one that has particular meaning to you, one that, had you thought of it first, would have written yourself.
I fall in love too easily
I fall in love too fast
I fall in love too terribly hard
For love to ever last
-- Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne
19. Put down your favorite movie line.
"So what if we break our chains? What do we do then?" Mario Ruoppolo (Massimo Troisi) in Il Postino (1995, Michael Radford)
Jonathan Frakes
20. Name the actor or actress you'd want to portray you in a movie based on your life.
Jonathan Frakes.
21. Professionally speaking, if you could do anything at all, what would you do?
Omniheurist for hire.

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