09 May 2007


My brain's been working in slow motion, so an easy post today. Melissa sent me some questions (but first the rules):

Want some questions of your own? Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me!" and I will respond by e-mailing you five questions (if your email is not on your profile, email me your desire to be interviewed so I know your address). I get to pick them, and you have to answer them all. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post. If others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

1. Out of all the places you've lived, which was your favorite? Least favorite?
I don't know, I've liked all the places we lived for different reasons. I liked Boise because we had a house and a yard, and I liked Rexburg because it was close to Yellowstone. I liked Jerusalem and Bishkek because they're interesting, etc. I don't have a least favorite either. But there are a few American cities I'm not interested in moving to.

2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I've thought about this a lot, and there are lots and lots of places I want to live. But if I could just choose one, it might be Toronto. Or Cairo. Or Xi'an. Or West Yellowstone.

3. How did you become interested in Islam, and what interests you most about the religion?
I first started learning about Islam almost 20 years ago when one of my sisters lived in Jerusalem and started writing home about the people she was meeting. It just sort of grew from there. The thing that interests me the most is the diversity of the religion.

4. What's the deal with the geysers?
Beats me. I didn't care about them till I lived close to Yellowstone, and then I got totally hooked on them. There's something about the waiting and the beauty and the danger that makes them exciting. And they're always changing. That's why Old Faithful is boring. It's not much fun to watch a geyser that doesn't change and that's predictable to within 20 minutes. A geyser you've been waiting for for hours is lots better. Or one that doesn't have crowds of people.

5. What's your pet peeve?
Depends on the day. Today I don't have on. I guess my general one would be when people make assumptions. Muslims are violent. Don't tell a woman who has miscarried that you're going to have a baby. Boys are wilder than girls. Homeschoolers are wacko. Public schoolers are wacko. You're not a Christian if you teach evolution. Religious people are deceived and naive. Of course these are all true sometimes, but not always.


  1. I totally agree with your pet peeve. Assumptions are what drives much of the hatred in today's world.

    So, where don't you want to live??

  2. I've always had a thing about not living in Detroit. I also wouldn't want to live in Los Angeles. Or Atlanta. Or several cities in Texas. Or Phoenix. In other words, I don't want to live in most big American cities (although Seattle or New York would be fine).