Here’s my latest offering in the SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2015 WEEK #48 challenge.


Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?

I never used to be a hugger—until I met Frayne. We were fellow readers who jumped right in when our local Borders store started a book group. (I’ve met most of my closest friends through book groups.) We quickly became friends.

I had already known Frayne for about three months when I learned, through remarks she made to a fellow reader who was a retired nurse, that Frayne had ovarian cancer. Knowing that put a different slant on our friendship. When Frayne would arrive at book group, she’d wrap me in a big hug and say, “How are you?” My initial reaction had been my usual one of standing awkwardly until the hug was over.

But once I realized her situation I told myself, “You’d better learn how to hug back and you’d better learn it quickly.” By teaching me to hug, Frayne made me a more loving person. Now I hug—not all the time, but when it’s appropriate.

And that’s got to be the best legacy anyone could leave.

What is your favorite toppings on pizza?

We usually order bacon, mushrooms, and black olives. But every once in a while a good veggie pizza hits the spot as well.

We eat much less pizza now that we’ve gone on a low-carb diet, so each one is a great treat.

If you were the original designer of one existing corporate logo, which one would you select?

I guess I’ve failed as an American consumer, because nothing comes immediately to mind here. I’m more likely to pay attention to the written words on a produce than to a design element used to promote it.

Upon reflection, I think of clean, simple ones like Nike’s swoosh and Apple’s apple with a bite taken out of it. And our local (Tacoma, WA, USA) newspaper uses a simple graphic based on our most prominent local feature, Mount Rainier.

Complete this sentence: Where I can seek my solace is…

On a beach, where I can watch the waves roll in. It comforts me to know that, no matter what happens anywhere in the world, the waves will continue to roll in.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for waking up every morning last week.

I’m hoping to do the same every morning of the upcoming week. In addition, next weekend we will celebrate our daughter’s birthday. We’ve always waited until after her birthday to begin Christmas preparations, so that marks the beginning of the holiday season for us.

I hope you all have a great week.

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