Friday, January 12, 2007

The Sun Will Come Up

Thank you all for your kind wishes. Wednesday I had two (2!!) bone spurs removed from my left big toe. Their presence kept me from bending that foot at all, which was becoming a major pain. For the next 2 weeks I get to wear a "really cute" surgical shoe, but after that? I will be able to wear normal shoes again. Not just the 2 pairs I've been wearing for the past 2 years.

In moments of anticipation, I'm planning on creating a huge wishlist on Zappos. Obviously, I have a way to go.

This week's Getting to Know You exercise at Create A Connection is to throw an imaginary Dinner Party. Guests must meet certain criteria.. and the differences in whom we invite should say a whole lot about us. Since I'm just sitting around, how could I resist??

Dream Dinner Party

1. Guest one must be someone who is/was creative with words - a novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, journalist, etc. Who would you invite?

I don't even need to think about this one: Thomas Jefferson. A brilliant man whose ideas created this country.

2. Guest two must be someone who is/was creative with images - a painter, photographer, sculptor, fabric artist, collage artist, etc. Who would you invite?

Annie Leibovitz. One of the first main photographer for Rolling Stone, I've always been fascinated with her portraiture.

3. Guest three must be someone who is/was a performer - an actor, singer, musician, comedian, acrobat, etc. Who would you invite?

Katherine Hepburn. A role-model for women everywhere.

4. Guest four must be someone who is charting/charted new territory - either in the physical sense, like an explorer, adventurer, or astronaut, or someone like a groundbreaking scientist or inventor. Who would you invite?

Leonardo DaVinci. Hey, Thomas needs someone to talk to.

5. Guest five must be someone who is/was a leader of other people - perhaps in the area of politics, like the literal leader of a country, or perhaps a leader in the area of religion, military, business, or even a great philosopher or teacher, or an inspiring athlete. Who would you invite?

Adm. Grace Hopper. One of the highest ranked woman in the military, creator of COBOL and "coiner" of the term computer bug.

6. Guest six must be someone from any field who you believe is/was underrated and under-appreciated by most people, but whom you admire. Who would you invite?

This answer will throw off the female/male mix of party, but I'm sure everyone can adapt. I would invite an artist that many haven't heard of: Ruth Asawa. Visit her website and read the quote that begins Arts Activism. It says it all. But imagine an artist who's work is created with paper, crocheted wire or flour clay!

7. Guest seven is a wild card - your choice! Is there someone you'd like to invite who didn't seem to quite fit into any category, or was there a category where you'd have really liked to invite two different people? Then this is your chance to add the person you missed to the table. Who would you invite?

Well, this party needs someone to track the conversation and keep things going. A great listener and a good interviewer with a quick laugh. Charlie Rose.

Bonus: Uh Oh! The dinner party is just about to end, and all your guests are about to disappear, and you realize that you've forgotten to ask one important question of one of your guests. You just barely have time to squeeze in that last question, so quick! - what was the question and who did you ask?

It goes to my first guest: Thomas Jefferson. To him I ask:

Today many US citizens view this country as one built and based upon Christian beliefs; there is a growing inclination to use conservative (bible-interpreted) views as a basis of making civil law. There is a strong belief that this is what you intended (ignoring the evidence that demonstrate that you were a humanist before the term was coined).

If you could write an addendum to the Constitution to clarify the role of Christianity or any religious belief as it pertains to government, what would you write?

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