With apologies to my friend Perpstu (link to her blog at the bottom… check it out!!) for taking so long to do this interview… here are her questions and my answers
You talk and write about your sons often and it is obvious that you love being a father.Â I have a five-year-old son of my own. What is the best advice you can give me for raising a son in this crazy world?
One of the biggest goals I set for myself when I had my children was to expose them to as many different views as possible on critical issues. The idea was to create an open mind set by exposing them to different views and opinions.
Thus far, it seems to be working. Both of my boys tend to be thoughtful and considerate of everyone involved when they are making decisions. Obviously, they are young boys and wander off this path from time to time, but they seem to be picking up the basic took of critically evaluating situations from perspectives beyond their own.
So much of live is conflict avoidance or resolution, and so much of being successful in that is the ability to understand the person on the other side of the disagreement (both disagreement’s with others or internal disagreement’s as one grapples with life’s tough questions and situations). Iâ€™m not certain I can think of a more valuable tool I can equip them with for the lives they have in front of them.
You are an awesome blogger, funny, smart and interesting. What inspires you to write?
Writing itself has always been how I have been the most expressive. For whatever reason, I am not nearly as willing to delve deeply into my thoughts when talking. Part of that is probably because I tend to talk enough for two or three people without delving; it hardly seems fair to monopolize even more of the conversation. Further, I really enjoy constructing stories and messages with words, so itâ€™s a bit of a labor of love.
Insofar as what inspires me to write the specific things I write about, it is completely random. Frequently when I sit down at the computer I do not have a clue what Iâ€™m going to write about and I just start jotting down random thoughts until one of them spins off and forms a life of its own as a blog entry.
Other times it might be a conversation overheard or a news piece that I donâ€™t think has been investigated from every perspective. One of the things I try to do is open new lenses or view point on subjects that might have been cycled over a few, or perhaps many, times.
If you were being forced to leave your fair city, where would you move if money, career and family were no object?
Without reservation or hesitation I would move back to the San Francisco Bay Area. After 20 some years in Boise, I still view San Francisco as home. Every time I visit I am overwhelmed with the sense of peace and comfort I feel.
If I reached a point where retirement was an option, I would also consider Koh Samui Thailand. I have been there a couple times, including when I went there to settle my motherâ€™s affairs when she passed away (she was on the island at the time). On that most recent trip, the island was becoming a bit commercial for my taste, so I would have to check it out before I could commit. However, if it was in the condition it was in when I first visited in 1982, I would live there in a heartbeat.
You love movies almost as much as I do. What is your favorite movie of all time? Why?
My favorite all time movie is Shakespeare in Love. Besides being a wonderful, yet simplistic Victorian love story, the movie applies a delightful twist on Shakespeareâ€™s beloved technique of placing a play within a play. What I find particularly enticing in this version is that the primary (or at least most recognizable) play (Romeo and Juliet) is actually ensconced within the other story. This creates a wonderful sense of familiarity within the â€œsub-plotâ€ as you enjoy the unfolding of the movieâ€™s storyline.
That and it makes me happy every time I watch it!
I’m coming to visit you â€“ for 24 hours â€“ what are we going to do in that limited time frame?
Weâ€™d start the day having breakfast at my favorite little nook, if you like Benedict, youâ€™ll be in heaven, if not, there is surely something to please you. A few blocks down the street is my favorite used and antique book store, a store that has probably contributed 40-50% of the out of print books in my collection.
Assuming that does not take up the remaining hours in our 24 hour day we take a drive up the mountain to take in the full valley view (and perhaps a run down the slopes, if youâ€™re into that sort of thing, Iâ€™m notâ€¦ but I do a good job of keeping the bar tender from getting lonely when necessary!).
After a whipping up a quick late lunch, perhaps a little stir fry – beef and broccoli or something, weâ€™d head over to a friends house to play some games. Might be Scene-it, might be more of a board game like Cranium or Scategories.
Around 7 weâ€™d excuse ourselves to catch the Knockâ€™em Dead dinner theater presentation ofâ€¦ whatever they are showing, it wonâ€™t matter, itâ€™s always good and the experience is phenomenal!
I may not be much of a tour guide, but weâ€™d have fun and eat well!!
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