It was great news to hear that my friend and co-editor of The Externalist, Gary Charles Wilkens, received a review of his collection of poetry The Red Light Was My Mind in Rattle E-Reviews. Being a good friend, I’d promised to review Gary’s book, but being human with faults and flaws and priority challenges, I didn’t get to it (so sorry Gary!). The truth is that reviewing a book of poetry written by a friend is a psychological journey that is difficult to navigate. Continue reading
My friend Christine Klocek-Lim tagged me a few weeks back, so I’m trying to catch up!
What is your favourite guilty pleasure?
Most people would consider my coffee intake a guilty pleasure, but it’s actually a bonafide addiction.
How do you take your coffee?
However I can get it. Usually with 1 Splenda (no Equal or Sweet N’ Low please) and 1/2 teaspoon of non-dairy creamer. Unless we’re talking espresso, in which case I drink the largest size cinnamon (syrup, not sprinkles) double-shot latte I can find. Twice a year, I alternate lattes between cinnamon and the flavor of the month at Coffee Culture–October (pumpkin pie cheesecake latte) and November (hot buttered rum latte, but the rum is a little disappointing being just flavoring).
Who were you in a previous life?
Not a clue. Perhaps a religious scholar. Perhaps an indentured servant. One thing is certain: I was never an aristocrat. I would either be a whole lot better or a whole lot worse with money if I was and would certainly be a whole lot more empathetic toward the wealthy.
What is the worst film you ever paid to see?
Naked Gun. Thankfully, I didn’t actually pay for it. My father did. He thought it was hilarious.
What is the best thing you can ‘buy for’/’do with’ a dollar? / a euro?
You can’t get a latte for a dollar.
What is the worst present you’ve ever received?
Five books of poetry. By Rod McKuen.
What is your favourite word?
I have a lot of favorite words. “Synthesis.” “Apothecary.” “Chintimini” (proper nouns are still words).