Friday, October 03, 2008

I've been tagged!

This morning I was "tagged" by Myfanwy, a Welsh friend whose two shops, Sassa Lynne and Paper Patches, you'll find in the handmade goods marketplace at Etsy.com. Being tagged means you're charged with revealing six facts about yourself that most people don't know, and then tagging six other people who need to do the same thing. In that spirit, here are six tidbits about myself that you may be interested to know.
  1. Although both of my parents were born in Germany, and I speak the language fluently, I learned the language in school, not from my parents. When my parents became naturalized American citizens, they insisted that we speak English at home. The exceptions were when they wanted to keep secrets from the children, and of course that's all the incentive we kids needed to learn German! Long before my parents realized it, we understood what they were saying.

  2. My interest in foreign languages, in general, is what led me to meet my husband. My long-term plan was to become a United Nations translater by using the U.S. Army's excellent language schools as a stepping stone. As a result, I enrolled in the Army R.O.T.C. program at the University of Wisconsin my freshman year. Subsequently, I got involved in the tri-military exhibition rifle drill team, which is where I met John, who was in the Navy R.O.T.C. program. I left the Army program after a semester (not really a good match for me), while John was eventually commissioned as a Naval weapons officer. We married 5-1/2 years after we met. And that original desire to become a translater? Well, for many years I taught German in my community to elementary talented and gifted students. Today one of those students is a homeschooled high school student who meets with me weekly for continuing German instruction.

  3. I'm a late-blooming poet. I published my first poem at the age of 45, after swearing that I could not write verse. Never say never!

  4. Sitting on my bookshelves is an English-Norwegian dictionary. If I could choose anywhere in the world to travel, I'd love to visit Norway. The history, the geography, the diverse cultures (the Saami in the north, for example), the art and music, history and mythology--everything fascinates me.

  5. I never had time during any of my formal schooling to take art classes. Perhaps that is why I make up for it as an adult, continually seeking ways to express myself with my hands. On my list of "things to learn" is the art of making the lucet cord. The lucet is a horn-shaped braiding tool that is believed to date back to the Viking and medieval periods of history. The cord that is produced with this tool is flat, flexible and very strong. Once upon a time it was used for lacing, making drawstrings for bags, hanging things from belts, and also for making decorative edging. Sailors used lucet cord for ropes at one time. Around the end of the 19th century, lucet cord was replaced by commercially-produced cording.

  6. I wrote my first book when I was 12 years old. The book, Divided Planet, was well into its 20th chapter when I stopped writing it. I don't remember why I stopped, or even where all those handwritten pages are, but I do remember the passion that inspired it. How wonderful to not be inhibited by the Hidden Critic that accompanies any writing I do today!
So, there you have it! To read Myfanwy's post in which she responds to being tagged, visit her blog here.

© 2008 Judy Nolan. All rights reserved.

5 comments:

Myfanwy said...

Judy, you must visit Norway. It is the most beautiful place I've ever visited. Do it in May! The snow is till there but it's warm - and beautiful. Thanks for sharing your secrets.

The Filigree Garden said...

Wow, even though we talk all the time online, I learned so many new things about you! Very interesting!

Rose said...

Nice to know more about U, and really enjoyed learning about the lucet!!

thewildhare said...

Judy, I loved reading all these neat things about you. Thanks so much for sharing! I have responded to being tagged here:

http://www.thewildhare.blogspot.com

I also tagged some other boomers - and then, my daughter-in-law for a bit of fun and to learn even more about her!

Thanks for the game, and to myfanwy who began it for you and therefore for me!

jogjawoodenpin said...

Hi, Judy. It's my first visit to your blog. I enjoy your articles, thanks a lot.
Actually, i don't like 'tagging' or any messages such like that :) but then i read your entry, and found things make me interested.
I would love to visit here next time...
By the way, your first book when you're just 12 years old is a great achievement. That's great!