2. When was the last time you went to the zoo? Where? What’s your favourite zoo animal?
I think that Sea World sort of counts as a type of zoo, so we last went in March when I took the granddaughters when they had school vacation. One of the Sea Worlds is here in San Antonio. My favorite animals there are the penguins, next to the orca whales, of course. The penguins are so entertaining and it’s amazing how fast they can swim. When I watch the orcas, I feel so close to heaven. I think it’s on a “thin place.”
3. What social issue fires you up?
Abused and/or neglected children are a passion with me. I volunteer with CASA, which stand for Court-Appointed Special Advocates for children. We are advocates for abused and/or neglected children who are in the court system because their parents messed up royally. In fact I have to go next week to pick out my case with my supervisor. We advise the court of what is best for the child, and help the parents if we can to get their act together to get their children returned to them. They are given a year to pull themselves together in order to have the children returned home. These are not trivial cases. These are severe abuse and/or neglect cases. If they can’t manage to change their lives in a year, they can lose parental rights. But our main focus is the child and his/her best interest and reporting that to the court during the hearings throughout the year the child is in foster care or institutionalized.
4. Are you a coupon clipper? If so, are you extreme?
I never clip coupons. I am not that organized.
5. What is one of your favourite souvenirs brought back from your travels?
My favorite souvenir is a hand-blown wine goblet from Venice. It is blood red because it has gold in it and it truly the most beautiful object I own.It is decorated with flowers.
7. What is the most beautiful word you know in any language?
I have to agree with Mushy Cloud on this one. “Amore” is the most beautiful word. It is so musical and gives the true meaning of love.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I was not surprised to hear about Arnold Schwatzenegger and his philandering. There have been rumors about him for years. What a terrible betrayal for his wife, Maria. And to keep it from her for so long looks like he was just using her to win election as governor. My cousin Kip had a good word to describe him: Sperminator.
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