1. I am descended from English/German/Dutch and Canadian stock . Both family lines have been in North America for over 12 generations. This makes me a coterie of insipid WASP mentalities, Midwest neuroticism, and closet-case Vikings. I am quite the Anglophile although my habits are more Swiss-German.

2. I am the oldest of four brothers. I have five niblings.

3. My parents have been married nearly sixty years without one major fight.

4. I am forever trying to flatten my stomach.

5. I collect Native American artwork from Pacific Northwest. In a previous life I suspect I was a Tlingit.

6. My partner David is well over four feet. In my blog I refer to him at “Someone” to protect his privacy.   This is a tribute to the late Alice Thomas Ellis, one of my favorite authors.

7. Tea is my drink of choice  – I love it so !!

8. My  other favorite libation is whiskey. Scotch, whisky, and bourbon etc. I like good stuff; no rubbish please.

9. I love the opera. My favorites are “Dialogues of the Carmelites”, “Salome”, “Peter Grimes”, “La Boheme” and “The Ring Cycle”.

10. Gustav Mahler and I share a birthday.

11. I am a board certified Psychiatrist. I am a Jungian in my psychological approach to patient treatment and to Life.

12.  I have an appetence for fustian words. My desire to learn and use new exotic words is insatiable. My blog is forever practicing new words I’ve collected along the way.

13. I live in Phoenix, Arizona; since 2005. I originate from Michigan.

14. I am well over four feet.

15. I have never smoked anything.

16. I hope I never stop learning and growing.

17. My fears: tarantulas, angry crowds, nuclear weapons, malpractice suits, and heights.

18. I love reading.

19. I’ve been blogging for fourteen years. It has been an amazing journey.

20. I can sign ASL fair; I can speak German OK; I am learning Spanish.

21. Some of my favorite things – thunderstorms, a back scratch, hot water, noodles, and rolling down grass hills – in a way.

22. I am a turophile.

23. I’ve been at the same job since 2005.

24. Homemade soup is to die for.

25. I am Catholic.  I go in and out of practicing depending on my outrage by it all.

26. I am left handed; but I can do most things right handed if needs be.

27.  When something is disagreeable I say ‘Sooner I’d eat rats at Tewkesbury than….”

28. I can’t operate the home entertainment system. I am generally suspicious of technology.

29. Hallowe’en is my favorite holiday; I prepare for it each year starting on 1 October.

30. Ignorance, rudeness, and drivers on cell-phones make me crazy.

31. I make Hawaiian-style shirts. I call them Spo-shirts. They show up regularly in my posts.

32. If I talk too fast I stammer and stutter.

33.  I have no objection to abstinence so long as it does not harm anybody.

34. I like hot and spicy food and  I put ground pepper on nearly everything.

35.  I want to see Ireland and own a top hat.

36. I subscribe to nearly 100 podcasts; I am insatiable about learning things.

37. I adore Dickens and Ibsen.

37 1/2. I can’t spell calendar.