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. I am constantly trying to better myself. Nowadays this means improving my cooking skills and learning Spanish.

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 spouse David is well over four feet. In my blog I refer to him at “Someone” to protect his privacy.   This is a tribute to 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, bourbon etc. I like good stuff. Please, no rubbish!

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 psychiatrist A.K.A a shrink. I am a Jungian in my psychological approach to patients and to Life in general.

12.  I have an appetence for fustian words. My desire to learn and use exotic words is insatiable. In my blog entries I practice new ones 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.  2020 update: The current president and his myrmidons.

18. I love reading.

19. I’ve been blogging for nearly fifteen years; it has been an amazing journey.

20. I sign ASL fair; I can speak fair German.

21. Here are some of my favorite things: thunderstorms, a good back scratch, hot water, noodles, and rolling down grass hills – in a way.

22. I have a tic in the shoulder.

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

24. Homemade soup is to die for. Every month I try to make a new one.

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 cannot 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. What drives me crazy: ignorance, rudeness, drivers on cell-phones, and thems who don’t return their shopping carts to their proper receptacles.

31. I make Hawaiian-style shirts. I call them Spo-shirts. When I make one it shows up in my posts. This year 2020 I’ve not made one as I’ve been making masks rather.

32. If I talk too fast I begin to 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. As I age my stomach doesn’t like this as much as my palate.

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

36. I subscribe to over a hundred podcasts for I am insatiable about learning things. See #3.

37. I adore the works of Dickens and Ibsen.

37 1/2. I still can’t spell calendar !