Other Interests

A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.   -Louis Nizer

Visual and Utility art:

Back in the day, I was an art minor.  I love art for art's sake, but am also a big fan of utility art, particularly when it means creating something out of someone else's trash (i.e. chairs found by the dumpster), because. . .RECYCLE!!  :)

**Nerd Alert: I've collected stamps since 5th grade.  Some of these photos are gifts made for friends/family using stamps (and sometimes trinkets) that represent aspects about them personally (i.e. $.05 Shakespeare for theatre friends, States/countries they've lived in, etc).

Animal love:

You may regret asking me about pets.  Former pets include dogs, cats, anoles, a veiled chameleon, a White's Australian Tree Frog, a guinea pig, and a beta fish. . . not all of those were by choice.  Even my current pet was acquired unintentionally when a former co-worker's grandma's cat had kittens; knowing my chameleon had recently died, she brought it in for me to just "meet".  Phebe is now almost 16 and the proud owner of one, Amy J. Johnson.

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Phebe's fav pic with FDR.

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A friend sent me this screenshot from the PAWS Instagram site.  I am a weekly Level 3 volunteer at PAWS Medical Center and usually work with Dogs. This is me in "TLC", which means hanging out with sick dogs & cats stuck in isolation and why I'm wearing a gown and gloves.  That little wiggle-worm is a dog, if you can't tell.  One of my favorite aspects of volunteering with PAWS (besides lots of dog time) is the variety of opportunities like Intake-rescue missions (driving to other states to pick up dogs & cats who would otherwise be euthanized or living in poor conditions), working with lower-income communities in Chicago, and Dog Training classes, which I do about twice a month.  I've been with PAWS for about 5 years and counting.  :)

Other hobbies and interests:
ASL; I stopped acting for about 5 years in my 30's and thought about becoming an American Sign Language interpreter.  Along the way, I discovered I loved the culture and the language, but wasn't in love with interpreting for a profession.  I met unbelievable people and try to practice. Currently, I'm in an ASL book club that meets monthly (over zoom-- like all group things these days).

Biking and exercise; I used to LOVE my gym classes and miss that atmosphere.  Sadly with the pandemic, I dropped my membership --so thank the gods for YouTube!  I'm happy to share my favorite YouTube instructors.

 

Seeing films, live music and theatre (please let that happen again in 2021!!), travelling, kayaking, hiking-- anything outdoors.

Needless Knowledge:
I can roll my tongue upside-down. 

I love whistling and have attempted concertos with said whistle. 

Hopefully, a hoarding intervention isn't needed. . .yet, but I collect random things like pennies, did someone mention stamps (?), postcards, and quotes like this one:

Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly. -Rose Franken, author and playwright (28 Dec 1895-1988)