Sunday, January 27, 2008


A game of tag …

My little sister tagged me via a blog post and not wanting to be a bad sport, I decided I would play along! The rules are this: Once tagged, you must disclose 6 unknown facts/dreams or habits that others may not know about you. Here goes …

First – I love the song “Year of the Cat” by Al Stewart (1976). It’s a mysterious song and for some odd reason, the music lulls me into complete calmness. I find the lyrics romantic and the piano hypnotic. As for the little bells or chimes that you hear towards the end of the song – ahhhhh love it – so gypsy feeling and so free. If ever I am stressed out or feeling like I’m going to stress out I put this song on and ta dah – serenity. Perhaps, I am part cat and this song on some subliminal level awakens my inner cat-ness? (Please let me know what affect this song has on you) – It is posted beneath this entry via video. Listen, watch, feel and then let me know what happens to your soul!! MEOW …

Second – I love words and their meanings. I find dictionaries intriguing, informative and enlightening. In the song “Year of the Cat” Al sings about patchouli – go look it up! Oh what would we do if Mr. Webster would not have been addicted to words and their meanings?!

Third – One of My favorite hobbies is thinking. Think … I think about the little chimes in the “Cat” song and wonder who thought of adding that to the song? It’s brilliant. My favorite thinking time is at night. The house is all quiet and the remains of the day are still lingering in the air and I get to sort them all out and savor the stuff that mattered and shift out the stuff that didn’t.

Fourth – I love being creative and helping others discover their creative self. I remember as a kid writing a play a week. My sisters and I put on many shows for our parents. The other day we checked out “James and the Giant Peach” (audio reading of the book) and my kids laughed very hard when I told them it was my favorite book as a kid. They got a kick out of knowing I produced and directed the kids in my 3rd grade class to put it on for the other 3rd graders at our school. We would practice at recess! I told them I played the role of the Ladybug (b/c my Mom had sewed me a really cool red and white polka dot shirt). For the record - I was a 70s child with a really talented seamstress mom who made me really cool hip clothes (like jeans with ladybugs). PS: If I ever offer workshops on how to tap into your personal creativity, it will involve a stage, costumes, a script and a show! OH the stuff we can learn when we dare to ACT.

Fifth – I love old school style. I better define that so there is no confusion about what I mean by those three words! Old School Style – Manners, grace and charm. I call it old school because sadly, I see manners grace and charm dying and fading away with each new generation. I love it when men hold the door, carry luggage, tip their hat, stand when a lady comes into a room, fill the car up with gas and treat children with respect . I have two boys and a daughter and I am trying to teach them that OLD SCHOOL is COOL! (The old school applies to women as well :) ... If we don't allow the 'old school to continue' it will die ... And we (us ladies) can be a bit old fashioned in our manners as well! Go ahead, look gorgeous for your man after work, have dinner on the table at 5 pm, wear an apron, make bread if you dare and most of all appreciate the little stuff and the big! Wow - You've tapped into the old fashioned old school gene that lingers from generations before me :) ... Lets not let respect and manners die!!

Lastly – I have a dream to one day give a speech at Central Park in New York City. What would my main message be? Dare to dream, dare to be you and most of all dare to LIVE.

Thanks Erica for the tag - I love you.
Ahhhhh - I’m off to think about words, dreams and cats!!
:)
Al Stewart website:

7 comments:

Kami said...

I listened to that song and decided it was a good "walking" song. Kinda gets you into a groove. I know what Patchouli is and personally can't stand the smell of it. It's too perfumey and all the hippies in Olympia reek of it. I love your fun facts about yourself. Keep blogging!

Sara said...

Wendy,

I love the old school manners. I appreciate the comments about embracing womanhood. There is nothing more important than being and cherishing you own personal authentic woman. I love your blog and my creative juices start flowing when ever I visit.
Thanks
Sara

Alyson said...

Funny, I've never heard that song! It's cool though. I read on Rebecca's blog that you collect old dictionaries. I haven't collected old dictionaries, but books in general. I love when they have inscriptions in them too. I have an old layman medical book from the 19th century and it cracks me up!

Jennie Stanfield said...

I'm inspired by your little self tidbits...I'll let you know about the song...you def. sold me. Love you!

Kylene said...

These tags are so great. What fun to learn these little tidbits about you. You are an amazing example Wendy. The old school part was my favorite. I think I will put on my apron today just because of this....

Happy day to you!

Shane, Erica & Lilly said...

Wendy, I LOVE YOU! I love the way you say things. I totally agree that we should all be "old school." I want to teach my children that as well. I haven't listened to the cat song yet, but I definitely am going to. You are so cute. Thank you for posting this entry--it made my day.

Jennica said...

Such a great blog! I just feel better, inspired to be more and do the things I want to do. Thanks for sharing with me.