Big Body Parts and Bad Decisions #TMI Tuesday

Here are my answers to this week’s thought-provoking questions. Scroll down to learn how you can participate.

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What is the biggest part of your body?

 

In my opinion, the biggest parts of my body are my legs.

 

What is the best bad decision you have ever made?

 

Several years ago, I bought an iPad Mini with a Bluetooth keyboard for about $400. Because of my limited vision, I was daunted by the touch screen. But a blind friend with this device said I could just use the keyboard and not worry about gestures. Wrong! Even with the keyboard, I found the device clunky, and I never could get the hang of the gestures. After a few months, I gave up.

Now, friends tell me the iPhone is easier. One friend has told me where I can get virtual one on one instruction on gestures for an affordable price. But when I asked another friend where he got his iPhone and how much it cost, he said he got his from Best Buy for a little over $300, and they usually run from $600 to $1000. Seriously? I don’t know why, but I thought iPhones were cheaper than that. I’m wondering if investing that much money would be another bad decision.

 

What is the silliest reason you got into a fight with someone?

 

The silliest fight I ever got into wasn’t one I started. To tell the truth, it wasn’t really a fight.

One night when my totally blind late husband Bill and I were married, he couldn’t sleep. So, he went to the dining room outside our bedroom to use his computer. I closed the bedroom door, so his screen reader wouldn’t disturb me. Later, I was awakened by a thud and Bill cursing a blue streak. Apparently, not knowing the door was closed, he’d run into it.

I apologized, saying I should have told him I was closing the door. But he swore that if I ever closed that door again, he would take it off the hinges. To find out what happened next, read My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

 

What is your favorite thing about your best friend?

 

Although I’ve had many friends over the years, I’ve never had a best friend. But most of my friends are caring and helpful, and some are funny.

 

If 5 men take about 3 hours to dig 3 holes, how long will it take for 2 men to dig half a hole?

 

I’ve never been good at math. In the sixth grade, a teacher threatened me with an eighteen-inch ruler when I had trouble with long division. So, I’m not even going to try to answer this question.

 

Bonus: Would you rather be itchy or sticky for the rest of your life?

 

If it had to be one or the other, I’d rather be sticky. That way, I wouldn’t have to scratch all the time. But frankly, I don’t want to be either one.

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Now, it’s your turn. Click here to learn how you can participate, or leave your answers in the comment field.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Daisy Bell #Monday Musical Memories

The song I’m featuring today is one I sang with nursing home residents many times. There are two verses. Here’s the first more common one.

 

Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do.

I’m half-crazy all for the love of you.

There won’t be a stylish marriage.

I can’t afford a carriage.

But you’ll look sweet

upon the seat

of the bicycle built for two.

 

The second is Daisy’s response.

 

Michael, Michael, here is your answer true.

I’m not crazy all for the love of you.

If you can’t afford a carriage,

then there will be no marriage,

cause I’ll be switched

before I’m hitched

on a bicycle built for two.

 

Now, click below to hear Dr. Crystal Grimes play this song on the zither.

 

Daisy Bell

 

By the way, in my latest book, The Red Dress, my main character’s mother suffers from dementia and lives in a nursing home. Although she doesn’t always recognize her daughter, she remembers when her daughter gave away a dress she made for her years ago and still harbors resentment. She also remembers that her hairdresser was her daughter’s best friend in school but doesn’t remember what tore their friendship apart. I’m sure the nursing home provided musical entertainment from time to time, and she probably had an opportunity to enjoy such old songs as “Daisy Bell.” If I’ve spiked your curiosity, see below. Thank you for reading.

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Character Interview #The Red Dress

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My protagonist, Eve Barry Sawyer, is a best-selling author, married with three children, living in Colorado Springs. During one fateful summer, she must come to terms with her past in order to face the future. I sat down with her recently, and we had an interesting chat.

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Me: Eve, I’m so glad you could take time away from your busy schedule to talk to me. Let’s start at the beginning. Where were you born and raised?

Eve: Well, I grew up in Fowler, but since the little town had no hospital, Dad had to drive Mother twenty-five miles to Pueblo. I was slow in coming, but Dad didn’t realize this. He told me later that he was afraid I’d be born in the car. Mother said that he drove so fast that she thought they would be killed before I could be born.

Me: You have no siblings, right?

Eve: No, Mother and Dad tried a few years after I was born. But she miscarried, and the doctor advised them not to try again.

Me: Your father ran a bookstore, and your mother was a librarian. So, did you develop an interest in books at an early age?

Eve: Oh, yes. Even before I learned to read, my parents took turns reading to me. My earliest memory is of Dad reading from A. A. Milne’s collections of Winnie-the-Pooh stories. Mother read me books like The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I didn’t find that type of book nearly as exciting as animal stories. Later, much to Mother’s consternation, I read The Wizard of Oz and loved it! And of course, I was a Nancy Drew fan, and Mother didn’t like that, either. In my teen years, I read a lot of books by Judy Blume, and that’s how I became interested in writing young adult novels.

Me: It sounds like you were a regular customer at the bookstore and library.

Eve” Yes I was, especially when I was younger and couldn’t be left at home alone after school and on Saturdays. My parents took turns bringing me to work with them. Dad filled an old bathtub with pillows and put it in one corner of the store for children to lie in and read. That was my favorite spot. Of course, homework was a priority. But when that was done, I could lie in the tub and read all I wanted. The children’s section at the library, where Mother worked, wasn’t nearly as appealing. Finally, Mother let me go to the bookstore all the time when I wasn’t in school or with friends.

Me: Were you still a bookworm when you went to your high-school senior prom?

Eve: Yes. In fact, Trent and I were taking a science fiction class that year.

Me: Trent, the boy with whom you went to the prom, right?

Eve: Yes.

Me: Trent was into music, but he must have also liked science fiction.

Eve: He liked Star Wars and Star Trek, but when it came to reading books like Brave New World and 1984, the symbolism and other concepts our teacher wanted us to understand were over his head. Since the class met right before lunch, we usually walked to the cafeteria and ate together afterward, and I explained those things to him. Adelle often met us there, and we formed a threesome.

Me: So, was Adelle there when Trent asked you to go with him to the prom?

Eve: No. She was home with a bad cold that day. In the cafeteria, Trent and I found an empty table in the corner, and he asked me.

Me: Did you know right away you wanted to go with him, or did you have to think about it?

Eve: I liked Trent, despite his lack of understanding or appreciation of literature, and he was great on the football field and played the guitar and sang pretty well. I didn’t think anyone else would ask me, so I said yes right away. Then a few days later, Kent asked me. I felt sorry for him. He was shy back then. I suggested he ask Adelle, but I don’t think he did.

Me: Apparently not, since Adelle didn’t seem to have a date for the prom.

Eve: No. She came by herself. She said she was fine with it and that she loved watching Trent and me dance to “Lady in Red.” Maybe I should have seen it coming, but Adelle and I had been best friends since first grade. I never dreamed she would do what she did later. That’s why it was such a shock when I found them together in the back seat of Trent’s car.

Me: And you didn’t speak to Adelle again until twenty-five years later after you received that invitation to your high-school class reunion?

Eve: No. She got pregnant that night, and she and Trent eloped to Los Vegas.

Me: What about Charlene, the roommate who bullied you into giving her the dress your mother made for your senior prom. Did you know her before you two were in college together?

Eve: No, she came from Sheridan, Wyoming. She was only there one semester. She got pregnant the night she wore my dress to the homecoming dance.

Me: That’s too bad. So, how did you meet your husband Greg?

Eve: I was teaching a creative writing class at the college in Colorado Springs. He was teaching English at the Colorado State School for the Blind and needed ideas for a similar class.

Me: Was it love at first sight?

Eve: I wouldn’t say that, but when he walked into the classroom, I was so distracted by his tall figure that the only thing I could think to say was, “Are you descended from Tom Sawyer in Mark Twain’s book?” It’s been a joke between us ever since.

Me: So, naturally, you named your only son Tom.

Eve: Well, we called him Thomas at first, but after Greg read him and his sisters the book, he decided he liked the name Tom better.

Me: Tom was really into baseball. Did he or his sisters, like you, ever take an interest in reading?

Eve: Ashely, my middle child did, but for Julie, the oldest, it was about having fun and being with friends until, of course, the summer I went to my twenty-fifth high-school class reunion.

Me: Well, this is quite a story. Thank you again for taking time to share it with me.

Eve: Oh, don’t thank me. Thank the woman in the memoir writing workshop you attended, who had a similar story about a red blouse.

Me: Unfortunately, I can’t. Like your mother, she’s in a nursing home with dementia. She probably doesn’t remember participating in the workshop.

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Do you have a question for Eve. If so, please leave it in the comment field, and she’ll answer it as soon as she can. We both look forward to hearing from you.

 

New! The Red Dress: A Novel

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

 

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