Now that I’ve made an introduction, and have listed a condensed biography, I cannot say that I know where to begin. My interests are quite wide and varied. In that vein, I will list my interests (can’t believe how many times, I’ve used “I” so far, but then blogs are usually self-centered, n’est pas?)
My Interests, not in any particular order:
- Studying people in their environments
- Geography – cultural, physical, spatial, etc.
- History – I like timelines, and I like to see what fits where in that time line
- Music: So many genres, and so little time in which to fit that listening
- Music of the world in the folk tradition
- Music of 13th Century Castile-Leon (now Spain)
- Music of Eastern Europe
- I like making music on my banjo, ukulele, mandolin, harmonica, and drums
- I have great friends with whom I’ve traveled
- I am a rock collector, and have recently engaged in rock tumbling
- Bird watcher and bug collector
- Art collector and admirer of art
- Traditions and cultures
- Cooking, baking, and entertaining
- Teaching cultural awareness
- I like to camp, enjoy outdoors, hunt (venison), and ride my motorcycle with my husband
I’m sure there are more that I’m not thinking of at the moment.
Lately, I’ve focused on the grief of me and my family. Our daughter, Riki, left this world on January 1, 2016. She died of a heart failure. She had been on heart medicine for 11 years. A new cardiologist thought her meds were strong, so discontinued the pills to “see how you do”. Our lively and lovely Riki went into heart failure and was on life supports for two weeks before leaving us. At the age of 34, Riki left behind her husband of 15 years (still quite heart broken as they had been best friends since the age of 12), and three children, ages 12, 11, and 7). We continue to navigate our pain and to learn to live in this “new normal.” That means I will write about grief in the blog place, too.