1. I descend from English/German/Dutch and Canadian (English and French) genetic stock .  Both my family lines have been in North America for over 12 generations. This makes for a coterie of insipid WASP mentalities, Midwest neuroticism, and a closet-case Viking banters.

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

3. My parents have been together  over 50 years; they have never fought.

4. I am forever working on flattening my stomach.

5. I  collect Native American artwork from Pacific Northwest. The joke is in a previous life I was a Tlingit.

6. Coconut makes me ill.

7. Tea is my drink and anodyne for all ills ; green, white, oolong, or red/black- I love it so !!

8. My favorite booze: whiskey!  Scotch, whisky, and bourbon – but 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 have the same birthday. He is my favorite composer.

11. I am a board certified Psychiatrist.I have gone through Freudian and Jungian psychoanalysis. I am a Jungian in my psychological approach to treatment and to life.

12.  I have an appetence for fustian words. My grandioquence is insatiable.

13. I live in Phoenix, Arizona; I am a native Michigander. (Go Blue!)

14. I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol/triglycerides and ADHD. The first two are under control with medication. The latter is not, much to the chagrin of my partner.

15. I have never smoked anything.

16. I hope I never stop learning and growing.

17. My fears: tarantulas, angry crowds, nuclear weopons, being sued, and heights.

18. I love to read. I would choose a book over most activities. Ask me for my reading recommendations.

19. I have never hit anyone, nor has my personal life ever been the lead on the news.

20. I love to garden and heirloom tomatoes are my favorite. There is nothing as good as a home grown tomato – except perhaps a home grown melon.

21. Some of my favorite things – thunderstorms, a back stratch, hot water, noodles, and something which I will leave blank lest my relatives read this.

22. My partner also writes a blog. His is named Harper’s valley, which is named after our rescue mutt Harper.

23. Thanks to blogging I have a network of blogger buddies, male and female, far and near. They are the best thing about blogging: the community.

24. Homemade soup is to die for.

25. I am Catholic.

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. Despite years of ownership, I can’t operate the home entertainment system. I am generally suspicious of technology.

29. Hallowe’en is my favorite holiday, which I prepare for starting 1 October.

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

31. I make Hawaiin-style shirts, nicknamed Spo-shirts. They show up regularly in my posts.                                        

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

33. I speak some German and I can do some American Sign Language (ASL).  I would like to learn Spanish.

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

35.  I want to see Ireland, the northern lights, and a tea plantation.

36.  Every day I hear or read a poem. I am not proficient in them, but I like a good poem.

37. I adore Dickens and Ibsen.