Ruth, could you give us a brief overview of who you are, where you live, current interests or preoccupations?
So could the perhaps happiest woman alive name a few of her strengths?
How about naming one weakness?
I wear my heart on my sleeve. I’m working on that.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My children. Having Lesley and Peter be the kind and caring individuals they are, and involved with the world in beautifully creative ways, blows me away. I am continually humbled by their understanding of life, and living.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
The word 'curious' appears at least twice on your sidebar. Why is curiosity such an important quality for you?
Oh, it’s there twice? I’ll have to check that out. It’s important to keep the “curious” with what comes after it: “& shrinking”. My desire is to be a girl again, waking up with wide eyes and an open heart and mind. I don’t want to be set in knowledge. I also regret that I was not awake until very late in life. I’m waking up.
Can you name something exciting you have discovered in the last week due to exercising your curiosity?
How about the last month? I went to a tattoo parlor to find out more about tattoos after becoming friends with a woman who has tattoo “sleeves”. I talked with two women for an hour and took their pictures. I learned that there are many reasons people get tattoos, and that many who have a lot of them are shy and reserved people. I found the people who worked in this tattoo shop to be incredibly open and warm.
Ruth, you write enchanting poetry. Describe the role words, language, metaphor, verse play in your life?
Thank you so much for that word “enchanting”. When I started writing poems at age 36, it was a way for me to vent some anger and frustration I felt while I was leaving the religion I grew up with, not so enchanting back then. Now, almost 20 years later, it’s the tight acorn of a poem that appeals to me. What I can fit inside, and what can grow from it, in each reader.
Your blog features a broad range of interests and passions. Tell us about the one that is most 'present' for you, Ruth in Autumn, 2010.
Your blog invites us to enjoy podcasts of your poems. Do you call yourself a poet? Have your poems gone forth into the public domain in any other ways?
Who are a few of your favourite writers, poets?
Is there a historical figure, or a figure from literature, you identify with?
Is there one thing you wish you had learned or discovered earlier in your life?
What do you still want to learn?
How do you make your life meaningful?
What is your greatest fear?
I really don’t think I’m afraid of anything. Well, I mean besides things like rabid dogs and giant black bears.
What advice would you give to a young person just starting out?
What brought you to blogging?
My sister Ginnie had a blog for a year before I started mine, the only person I knew who had one. I thought it would be fun to instantly publish writing and photos.
What keeps you blogging?
What is one thing about you that would surprise the readers of your blog?
That I don’t know how to use the manual settings on my camera.
My favorite book is Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels. Read it. I’m almost done with Gogol’s Dead Souls, and I love it.
What is your favorite word? Yes.
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
The play of light through a window, the touch and lift of wind, a moment’s connection with something true and beautiful in a book, blog or photograph, a song by Joni Mitchell, a poem by Rumi or Mary Oliver, any number of things. And solitude.
What turns you off?
Reading the news. But I do it anyway, as much as I can stand, which isn’t much.
What sound or noise do you hate?
I like James Lipton’s last question in Inside the Actors Studio: "If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?"
What is the answer to that question?
Ruth has been invited to respond in the Comment Section to your reactions and questions.
Other feature interviews are in the works and will be posted in the upcoming days. Stay tuned!