100 Things About Me

Although the title sounds slightly narcissistic, this little trendy blog idea has been a good exercise for the soul. Read it, if you care. Thanks Jen for the idea.

In no particular order:

100. I was born in Winnipeg on the Canadian prairies.

99. When I worked as a professional organizer I once handled over 20 mounted, taxidermied trophy heads of African animals, some of which were extinct. The experience was a mixture of repugnance and holiness.

98. I hate shopping for shoes.

97. Campfires are special to me because it gives me time to ponder.

96. The most claustrophobic moment in my life was climbing up inside the pyramid of Khufu at Giza, Egypt.

95. I performed with Len Cariou and Catherine McKinnon in My Fair Lady at Rainbow Stage. I ‘painted’ in a cleavage for a ballroom scene with a décolleté gown.

94. I worked beside Jimmy Carter on a Habitat for Humanity worksite.

93. I eat sweetbreads (organ meat, beef pancreas to be exact). (See #16).

92. I can play guitar and I can lead a really good campfire singalong.

91. I’ve read every Maeve Binchy novel but not every book of the Bible (even though that was one of our assignments at Bible College).

90. I like to knit.

89. My favourite thing to do is shore walking and beach combing.

88. I wore braces on my teeth for seven years.

87. I like entertaining.

86. I am a sonic mystic. I sing improvisationally. I like to call it sacred jazz.

85. I’m one of the few people in Canada who play church tower bells.

84. I build little natural artworks or ‘land art’ for people to find. I wish I knew Andy Goldsworthy.bowl

83. As a teenager I collected leather Lee jean patches by ripping them off the backs of my friend’s pants.

82. I suffer from Raynauds syndrome which means one or more of my fingers can loose all its circulation for up to half hour.

81. I designed and helped install two 70 foot stone walking labyrinths at two retreat centres.

80. I worked at the famous Scott Mission in Toronto for three years.

79. I took New Testament Greek in university. It’s all Greek to me now.

78. In the village of Sipesipe in the Bolivian highlands I visited the home of a very poor woman who knitted alpaca sweaters.

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77. I am an artist, or as my son says, a creative hoarder.

76. I had a detached retina. It was very traumatic.

75. I’ve given birth twice. Both times were amazing and the results were too!

74. I hate Hallowe’en.

73. I was married to a Baptist minister for over 20 years. I’m still married to him but he’s not a pastor anymore.

72. I have had the same amaryllis bulb for over 25 years. And it still blooms (and it had a baby).

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71. I have no body piercings or tattoos, not even pierced ears.

70. I absolutely loved my first car which I named “Molly”. She was a 5-speed standard Mazda Protege.

69. Two pieces of my mixed media art hang on the set of the CBS sitcom, Mike and Molly.

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68. Until 4 years ago I was deathly afraid of dogs. Then our kids got a dog and that cured me. I now have a grand-puppy named “Molly”.

67. I have, as my grandmother Winifred would have said, widdled numerous times in Lake Winnipeg. It’s a big lake.

66. I worked the counter at a donut shop.

65. I am terrified of climbing mountains but I did climb a glacier in Norway.

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64. I know how to pronounce Islendingadagurinn, the name of the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba.

63. I wash out and re-use ziploc bags.

62. I’m addicted to potato chips, kettle-cooked please.

61. I have a passion and gift for facilitating creative events and creating nurturing space for people.

60. I witnessed my father’s death and it was one of the most sacred moments in my life.

59. I have trouble telling jokes and getting the punch lines correct.

58. I have lived in the same house for almost 28 years.

57. I attended Grade Two in Albany, CA while my Dad attended U of C (Berkeley).

56. My husband and I facilitate a self-help group for married couples because there is just not enough support out there for “the marrieds”.

55. I love winning Scrabble or UpWords against my husband.

54. I know now that I will never be famous. So I just try to ‘show up’ for my own life and bloom where I am planted (that was a poster in my childhood bedroom).

53. I have two older brothers who couldn’t be more different.

52. I don’t do well with practical jokes.

51. I collect books to read to my grandson.

50. When I was nine I voluntarily peed the bed at my BFF’s cottage because I too cozy in my sleeping bag to get up and go to the privy. The sleeping bag wasn’t cozy any more. Forgive me Helen.

49. I snorkelled on the Australian Great Barrier Reef, despite my paralyzing fear. I had to hire a private instructor/guide just to get me through it. That’s her hand on the lifesaving ring.

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48. I’m compelling to pick up every heart shape stone I find.

47. When I played tooth fairy for my kids I kept all their teeth. (I still have them).

46. I get S.A.D. and I sometimes loathe myself for being an H.S.P.

45. My first job was as a driver for a speedy messenger company, RoadRunner Courier in Winnipeg. I only got one speeding ticket.

44. I was on the basketball team in Junior High school.

43. Once I smuggled a goldfish over an international border. My kids named it Clifton from Cleveland.

42. I value deep conversations.

41. It was only three years ago that I learned to play tennis. My brother says I’m pretty good at it. Coming from him, that’s a real compliment.

40. I adore making soup from scratch.

39. I try to keep informed about social action and justice issues, except I feel I’m never well-read enough. I do what I can locally to help in small ways.

38. I bought fair-trade coffee years before it was trendy.

37. Finding unexpected treasures at thrift shops nearly takes my breath away.

36. I like photography, but dislike cameras (SLRs).

35. I prefer Taize chants to unsingable, theologically shallow, me-focused ‘praise and worship’ music.  I tolerate Country and Western but, I’m sorry, rap music just makes me puke.

34. I feel way too lucky to have been born in Canada, almost guilty.

33. I buy myself an inexpensive little potted hyacinth every winter because it cheers me up and the fragrance transports me. Then I let the bulb dry out and plant it in my garden.

32. When I sing to people and they say it’s like tripping out on drugs (I would’t know).

31. Ice cream at Gimli Pier. The best.

30. I here confess that I intensely disliked my High School French teacher, Miss Merlevede, but felt deep compassion for her. Everyday she wore the same white Peter Pan collar on her dress.

29. I am allergic to most perfume.

28. Sometimes I feel like a fraud.

27. Badly placed furniture makes me want to scream. I can barely hold myself back from rearranging rooms in some of my friend’s houses.

26. My spirituality infuses everything.

25. I dig out dandelions by hand.

24. My father taught me composting and recycling since way back in the 1960’s.

23. I am proud that in 1942 my father started the first public health laboratory in Winnipeg and in the 1980s was the Director of the Department of the Environment for the Province of Manitoba.

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22. Being a prairie girl, I know nothing about tides.

21. My niece’s husband is the famous selfie guy.

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20. I am extremely proud of my children, both of whom earned Iron Rings in Engineering. But especially because they developed into independent, beautiful, caring individuals who are productive members of society and live soulfully. I would love them anyhow.

19. I listen to the Queen’s Message every Christmas Day. Even though she was born into it, I think Elizabeth is an amazing woman with pluck and wisdom.

18. At our wedding reception I sang a song as a surprise to my groom, Bert, from Mary Poppins, Oh, It’s a Jolly Holliday with you Bert. Unfortunately he had never seen the movie so the significance of the song went right over his head. Who hasn’t seen Mary Poppins!?!

17. I was once kicked out of a MacDonalds for being too rowdy (a long time ago).

16. My favourite breakfast is hand-picked saskatoon berry pancakes with real maple syrup, bacon and fresh coffee on my cottage deck. My favourite special breakfast is mixed grill Butcher’s Breakfast. (See #93). Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day.

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15. I am attracted to the spirituality of the Enneagram and I wish I could figure out what number I was but I’m sure I’ll get it wrong so I’ve never studied it (that should be a clue).

14. My favourite card game is Racko or perhaps Countdown but always at holiday time with family.

13. I like lots of choice for my carrying and organizing tasks so I have a huge collection of baskets some of which I make myself.

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12. I’m afraid that if I say something I’m fearful will happen it may come true just because I said it.

11. I hated taking piano exams.

10. My husband reads Bill Byrson to me in bed at night and sometimes we laugh so hard we can’t breathe.

9. When I find a typo on someone’s website I actually write and tell them.

8. I have been a guerrilla pruner.

7. My college roommates hung my shoes out the window because I had such bad foot odour.

6. My favourite movie is a tie between Sound of Music and Mary Poppins. Both affected my outlook on life and theology, both positively and negatively.

5. My oldest brother is a clergyman. Ours was the first wedding at which he ever officiated. He had to get a special dispensation from the Province of Manitoba in order to do it.

4. I suffered from benign positional vertigo for 16 months. It was one of the biggest challenges of my life.

3. Breaking through the burnt sugar topping on creme brûlée. Ah!

2. I wore my mother’s wedding dress more than once. At numerous fashion shows, as the bride in my high school Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, Trial by Jury, and at my own wedding!

wedding00081. I was taught never to let the sun go down on your anger and that is something I’ve try to practice in my marriage.

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9 thoughts on “100 Things About Me

  1. Patci

    Wonderful Ev and a pleasure to read Thankyou for sharing the deepest parts of you, it’s want I like best about you xo
    Patci

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  2. Jen

    Loved this Aunt Ev. Your life is an inspiration! I never saw the theology in those movies! Yay #9 please do that for me, #10 that is SO sweet, glad you felt free to borrow (#28 #63), #56 wow didn’t know that!

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  3. Jennifer

    Thanks Eve for sharing yourself with us. I feel moved by what you have said and feel I know you just a little bit more. You make a wonderful addition to Team Oh Canada.
    Thanks again,
    Jennifer
    JennifersStitchWorks

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    1. nurturingspace Post author

      This is Richard Rohr summary of the Enneagram. “The Enneagram is a very ancient tool (recognized by some members of all three monotheistic religions) whose Christian origins can be traced to the Desert Fathers and Mothers of the fourth century. I first learned it in 1973 when it was taught to me by my spiritual director, Jesuit Fr. Jim O’Brien. The Enneagram is used for the discernment of spirits, to help us recognize our False Self, and to lead us to encounter our True Self in God. The Enneagram was originally intended to help spiritual directors train and refine the gift of reading energies, or “the reading of souls,” and support the transforming of people into who they are in God. By forcing us to face our own darkness, the Enneagram leads us to address that same darkness as it shows itself in culture, oppression, injustice, and human degradation.

      No one willingly does evil. Each of us has put together a construct by which we explain why what we do is necessary and good. That is why it is so important to “discern the spirits” (1 Corinthians 12:10). We need support in unmasking our False Self and distancing ourselves from our illusions. With the self-knowledge that the Enneagram gives us, we are not dealing only with the acknowledgement of sin. (Note: In the Enneagram tradition, “sin” is simply that which doesn’t work, i.e. self-defeating behavior.) We are also letting go of what only seems good in order to discover what in us is really good: our soul, our True Self.

      We overcome our evil not by a frontal and heroic attack, but by recognizing it, naming it, and letting it go. The Enneagram works by insight. Once we see our False Self for what it is, we are no longer attached to it, and it no longer blocks us from realizing our inherent union with God. The Enneagram helps us see our own compulsive blindness and how we are acting at cross-purposes with our best interest. Realizing that, we can eventually flow with our gift and integrate our sin, our shadow, our failure, the “stone” which we rejected. We finally see that I am what I am, good and bad put together into one self; and God’s mercy is so great and God’s love is so total that God uses even my sin in my favor! God is using all of me to bring me to God. That is the Good News!”

      Adapted from The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective,
      pp. xvi-xxi, 28-29, 32,
      The Enneagram: The Discernment of Spirits
      (CD, DVD, MP3 download),
      and The Enneagram as a Tool for Your Spiritual Journey

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