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Monday, November 05, 2007

Monday Meet and Greet: Where Are We Going Today?...

We have no new members to Meet this week, which happens on occasion! But we have someone to Greet, and a place to go on this November morning...diane's place.

diane will host our Revgals book club conversation on Monday, November 26th. We will discuss the poetry of Mary Oliver and her new book, "Thirst." (remember you can buy the book through the RevGals link to Amazon...)diane knows a lot about poetry, so even if you are a novice, or have never understood poetry, you will find the discussion interesting and insightful...and Oliver's poetry is fabulous. So, to get us ready for that, here is an interview with diane...

Where to you blog?

What are you favorite non revgal pal blogs?
1. Wild and precious - lj -- here
I think she should join the revgals. She's great!
2. franiam - here
She has a political and personal blog
3. Pastor David at Postings from Prairie Hill here
He just recently did a series on Alzheimers during "All Saints" week.
4. Rowan the Dog -- he is very perceptive, witty and a great theologian here

What gives you joy?
Baptizing babies, teaching the Bible to children, walking my dog, and going on short trips with my husband.

What is your favorite sound?
I don't know why I thought of it right now, but the sound of the ice cream truck came into my mind. There are lots of others too, but also, the sound of my dog sighing when she is asleep at night.

What do you hope to hear once you enter the pearly gates?
Come on in, you're home! (This is not original, it's the title of a book about baptism illustrated by children.

You have up to 15 words, what would you put on your tombstone?
"Weeping may spend the night, but joy comes in the morning."

Write the best sentence of your own great American novel.
I've given up hope of writing a great American novel. But here is a first sentence of SOMETHING I might write:
Because my mother had grown up on a farm in rural Minnesota, I thought I knew a thing or two about small towns.

What color do you prefer your pen?
Black -- then I can never make a mistake on marriage licenses and other official documents. Although I keep a set of multi-colored pens for fun. I used to change the colors when I kept a journal more faithfully.

What magazines do you subscribe to?
1. Christian Century
2. The Bark (dog magazine) -- it's really good too! in the last issue, they published a poem by Mary Oliver
3. The Week -- synopsis of newspapers and magazine from all over the world
4. Eating Well
5. Leadership. Great cartoons

What is something you want to achieve in this decade?
Get something published. Actually, more than one thing would be good.
Write a memoir.

Why are you cool?
I don't think I'm cool. I've never been cool. My confirmation girls have made me cool. And my dog.

What is one of your favorite memories?
Picking strawberries on my grandparent's farm.

Anything else you wanted to be asked?
Probably tons of things! Hmmm... if you weren't a pastor, what would you be?
Small bookstore owner. Still think it would be a great double ministry -- a church, with a bookstore in it.

Thanks, diane!


  1. it was fun to be interviewed!

  2. I too would love to run a small bookstore. I even keep an eye open for what are the empty storefronts downtown and how well they might work - It'll probably never happen, but it can't hurt to dream.

  3. Great interview, Diane, thanks.

    I, too, would love to run a bookstore ... one in a church that includes a coffee shop ala Borders and Barnes & Noble would be the ultimate!

  4. Great interview....good questions and good answers all around, love the tombstone!

  5. oh diane... you are meatballs & mashed potatoes right? and a dog person... and a poet, and you've been to Japan... you are so cool you didn't even realize it!

    sign me up i'll be the barista at the bookstore...

  6. Diane, this was so much fun to read! Thanks. I liked the memory of picking strawberries with your grandfather. I also liked your non-revgal blogs that interest you. You and I are both fans/friends of Fran.

  7. Maybe you'll get to do the bookstore some day!

  8. I concur with hotcup. You are COOL! Love the BARK mag, too..and Mary Oliver rocks, and you can put your books in your bookstore!

  9. That was fun. And I'm with you on running the small bookstore and loving the great 'toons in Leadership.

  10. Great interview! And I'll be one of your best customers at your bookstore.


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