Welcome to my series in which I spotlight one of my followers. I’ve always had a deep fascination with people: how they became who they are, the struggles they won, and the hard lessons they learned over time. All of these scars and stories make up a person’s life. While I think it’s important to reflect on your own journey, it is also equally important to hear other voices and see diverse perspectives. In this series, the spotlighted blogger will be able to tell their story through curated questions I’ve asked of them.
The blogger I chose to feature in this month’s spotlight is someone who I was introduced to from a previous blogger spotlight. One of the things I love about this series is the ability to get to know other bloggers within this infinite sphere of writers. She is a fellow Canadian (at birth and at heart), although, not by current location. Her patriotic loyalty to Canada pales in comparison to my own (as much as I am proud to be from here myself). She started her unique blog at the urge of her neighbor, as a way of “memorializing the people, places, and things I see on my daily walks.”
When I asked her if she would be interested in participating in this series, she quickly agreed and made herself available to me. From the moment we connected, she’s been nothing but lovely, thoughtful, and kind. I so appreciate her candor in the questions I’ve asked of her and she may have inspired me to start writing a post that I have been trying to write for a long time now (perhaps years).
A Bit About Linda…
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I live alone but I am not lonely. I miss my mom as we were close, and it’s especially difficult on Christmas, her birthday, and Mother’s Day. I have no family and you might find this hard to believe, but I have worked from home since 2011 and have not seen my boss face-to-face since October 2012.
What is one thing you do now that you didn’t do 5 years ago?
Well, in conjunction with blogging, that would be photography. When I was in my 20s, I traveled a lot. None of my friends wanted to travel– all of them either had careers or were married and had children. I wanted to see the world, having done some traveling in my youth, so I took one major trip once a year.
Do you get embarrassed easily? What was the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
No, I can’t recall anything except deciding to memorize a passage from Shakespeare for extra credit in 10th grade. I walked around the house reciting Shakespeare’s “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” speech for days. I had it memorized to a “T” and got up in front of the class and forgot the entire speech– every stinkin’ word! The teacher was an old biddy with a pinched face; hard to please and a very difficult grader. She told me “sit down, you’re wasting my time!” I went to her office afterward and asked if I could recite it to her for the grade boost and she told me to get out of her office.
On Life So Far…
What were you scared of when you were younger but have since gotten over?
My parents were very strict, I can’t imagine having fears and exhibiting them. They were no-nonsense and would not indulge me in a tantrum or screaming fit. Perhaps this was since they were older when I was born (30 years old for first-time parents in 1956 would be considered “old”) and I had no siblings, so they didn’t really indulge me in fears. However, I have always been scared of “crawling” bugs– a centipede or spider in the house will totally undo me.
What was a pivotal turning point in your life?
My father decided he didn’t want to be in this family (my mom and me) anymore and announced his imminent departure on Christmas Day 1983, a day usually filled with joy. It was just as we were around the Christmas tree, ready to open our gifts. My mother didn’t miss a beat and turned to me and said “pick up your father’s gifts Linda– we’ll return them and get our money back tomorrow.” I scooped up his gifts and put them in my room. We did not know that before the big announcement he went to the bank and removed all the money from the bank and had already closed out their joint long-term annuity fund, lying by saying my mom was out of the country and he pleaded hardship. He left no money for my mom who had some mobility issues and hadn’t worked since having me in 1956. She was only 58 and too young to collect Social Security from here or Old Age Security from Canada. We were close and I supported us for several years, though luckily the mortgage had been paid off long ago. So, this was a learning experience for me- I had to suddenly do all the things he did (outside work) and other things. A whole life change for me and tainted my feeling about marriage and relationships forever as my grandmother and great-grandmother were also in toxic relationships. I decided, “I am not going to go there!”
What makes a writer a writer?
You don’t just plunk down at the keyboard and churn out words and sentences. You have to enjoy what you do and the words will flow.
What word, in your opinion, gets overused a lot?
Some expressions that make the rounds every so often are overly used, but I can’t think of one off the top of my head. My boss is infatuated with the word “kerfuffle” and uses it at least once per day.
When did you begin your blogging journey, why did you start, and what was your first post about?
My neighbor encouraged me to start this blog in 2013 and my first post was about my entry into the Blogosphere. I am glad she did because, for me, it is the writing career I never had. I graduated from Wayne State University in 1978 with a degree in print journalism.
Who was the first blogger that you followed that still posts today?
Anne at Mehrling’s Muse. She just lost her husband of 58 years one month ago. Her blog is about life in the mountains of North Carolina. She and her husband moved there from New York after retiring.
Who was the first blogger that followed you that still posts today?
My first “real” follower was Keith/”Uncle Tree” – he always commented but he’s not an active blogger at the moment (there has been a series of deaths in the family). He pops onto my blog for holidays to say “hi”.
Can you list your top 3 posts you are most proud of?
How would you describe your blog to someone who’s never read your content?
A mixture of where I’ve been and what I’ve seen on my walks. I have a goal of walking miles each year which I try to have at least one more mile each year. My goal this year is 2,022kms or 1,256 miles. I have always met my goal, though it is getting tougher with climate change.
What was your most recent post about?
The blog post is part two of a two-part walk at Lake Erie Metropark. I linked to part one within that post. I was pretty excited as I saw a Mute Swan family that day, something I can now cross off my “birdie bucket list” even though they were quite far away from me across the marsh.
Who was the first blogger that commented on your most recent post? Please tell us a bit about them, their blog, and why others should follow them.
The first commenter was Kate Crimmons. Kate, Anne, Peggy or Barbara are usually my first commenters of the day. That day it was Kate. Kate has four cats, all rescues, named Morgan, Gracie, Sasha, and Gus. Kate posts three times per week about various funny topics, but her Friday posts are always about her cats.
What keeps you blogging after all this time?
I enjoy writing, taking pictures, and interacting with others in the comments on my posts and my comments on their posts.
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- Me, Myself & I
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- Fake It Till You Make It
- No Harm No Fowl
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