March 14, 2005

interview attempt

Interview questions from Jenn ~
Here are the official rules of the interview game:

1. If you want to participate, leave a comment below saying "interview me."

2. I will respond by asking you five questions - each person's will be different.

3. You will update your journal/blog with the answers to the questions.

4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

6. I will answer reasonable follow up questions if you leave a comment.

Here are your questions:

1. Describe the place where you are when you feel the absolute freest and best you’ve ever felt in this life.

I remember one of the proudest moments of my life to date. I was in 7th grade, living in a small mission boarding school on the west coast of Africa - a beautiful, palm lined, sunny sky, beach coastal, red dirt road, simple housing place called ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa). Every year there was a science fair - a big deal to the school, as we lived without media and other entertainment things! I did a project on corrosion - as rust was a common aquaintaince with everyones property! I left the dorm family, walked out onto the beach road, then down the little dirt track through the jungle area up to the small school and on to the gym where all events were held. There were a few people around, it was just before the sun was about to set. As I got up to the gym hall entrance Jason Stonesifer was there - the most rebellious and goodlooking guy around in our wholesome missionary kid lives! He came up gave me a big hug and said well done. I was like - what on earth for? There were only a few elite who would win the science fair - Maria Blees usually did as she was aboslute intelligence personified. Still without a clue I went in to the hall where all the paintings and projects were displayed, and there was mine with a big "Grand Prize" ribbon on it. No way... it couldn't be for me... and it was! Not even first prize for my class, but grand prize of the whole school! I ran out, ran back down the dirt road, up along the beach and out of breath told my dorm parents, they were as pleased as could be, but no one felt like me - I was as high as a kite. I've never felt that exact way again. It was a feeling of absolute happiness, proud of myself, approved by people I loved and just full of life. I think being in that place of natural beauty with humble creation and freedom, secure in good friendships, being loved, and finding self worth and achievment is a place of joy for me.

2. If you could only have one meal for every meal for every day for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

I reckon it would be rice with chicken, chilli's, lime and tomatoes combined somehow with melted cheese on top, and an ice cold tall glass of water (I would detox from diet coke - cause would love being thirsty for water again) and maybe I would have a tangerine for desert and a small block of chocolate for something sweet. I think I'd be alright with that everyday. Healthy enough, and I just love the whole rice thing with those good flavors - and I'd eat it with a spoon - must be something to do with rice and soup days of Africa!

3. You are given the opportunity to record a CD with your new band and the first single hits number one on the charts. What is the name of your band? What is the name of your new CD and the hit song? And, who would you thank on the inside cover and why?

My band would be called "Ocean" cause it has a celtic sound to it, and I love the coast and the sea. The cd called "Anthropology" - would be influenced by Celtic, African, Albanian and American (African and Native and Other American) music, would be fairly alternative with gospel themes interspersed. I think the hit song would be called "no expectations" but not sure until its written! I would thank my sisiter Rebecca on the inside cover - for making my spirit alive to seeing people and life in a more realistic, humorous and artistic way. There would be other similar thanks too.

4. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?

Probably my confusion to knowing actually what romantic love is. It's alien to me, I have ideas and notions, and appreciation - but when it comes to living it - I'm lost. Agape love is my hearts first desire.

5. What piece of art speaks to you the most? What does it say?

I don't know... that's hard. There is one I like - just it's nice and friendly its called "Dominicans in Feathers" by Henry Stacey Marks. It's a painting of penguins on a cliff face. I like the colours and the warmness of it. It's hanging in the Museum and Art gallery here in Birmingham. I'll show it to you Jenn, when you come to visit! It would be excellent if you made it for a visit after Peter Munros wedding - we could even go up to Scotland to explore a bit, and maybe plan and trip with a few others too. Keep ideas coming. Would love to have you visit.


Jenn said...

i've decided that we are going to collaborate to write your'll write some and dictate some and i'll type and edit. And Allan will design an awesome cover and we'll sell it and make tons of money that will all go to support AIDS orphans and global church transformation.

and also, i think agape love is better than romantic love, its fuller and more unique. don't push yourself to be something you're not or feel something you don't because you feel you "ought" to. feelings are bizarre and beautiful things that don't every obey our commands or directions - trying to make ourselves feel or not feel only leads to frustration and despair. But God can open your heart to receive love, I think, as long as you don't fight against Him...this is turning into a diatribe...sorry...maybe I'll write more about this in my blog today.

beth smith said...

Would love to hear more of your thoughts on the agape and the romantic. CS Lewis figured on that being an important topic too! Honestly only a certain few would read my biography! But if it made any money I'm all for your great support ideas. A combination of biographies would be cool - with a common thread of calling and obedience and disobedience, but our upward looking hearts bringing it all to the world.

allan said...

Beth I enjoyed reading that. It made me miss childhood and even boarding school. Peter is getting married? WOW....To who?