Odd Facts About Me
When I was a tiny baby, a lizard ran right over my bare belly as I lay on a blanket kicking my legs in
a public park.
I've lived in Greenville, SC; Kansas City, KS; Oklahoma City, OK; Dixon, CA; Atascadero, CA;
Fresno, CA; Gastonia, NC; Sumter, SC; Jacksonville, NC; Seneca, SC (Clemson); Cincinnati, OH; Golden, CO (Denver); Macedonia,
OH (Cleveland); Katy, TX (Houston); Anchorage, AK; Tallahassee, FL; Rome, GA; New Port Richey, FL
At the age of
5 I rode my bike every day to practice the piano at the Methodist church where my mom was organist. One day a huge bird landed
on my pony-tailed head and scared me to death! It's been suggested that that event traumatized me about memorizing music,
which I'm not very good at....
I was a star softball pitcher in neighborhood games when
I was growing up!
I have 3 siblings, all younger than me. My next youngest brother is a biomedical engineer for
Duke Hospital Systems in Durham, NC. My sister is a CPA currently raising three teen-agers in Charlotte, NC; my youngest brother
has a Ph.D. in environmental toxicology from Cornell and is an M.D. who is Medical Director of Molecular Pathology with
Bay State Health in Springfield, MA. He is also a clinical assistant professor with the Tufts Medical School.
All are happily married and have children--I have 8 nieces and nephews on my side of the family, and 4 on my husband's
When I was 12 years old I apparently conducted the junior choir at First Southern Baptist Church in Fresno,
CA--I actually have no memory of this, but everyone in my family seemed pretty impressed that I had no fear to stand
up and do it!
I've only had 3 months of formal piano lessons. My mother was a church organist most of her life
and I learned everything I know from her on a daily (sometimes hourly...) basis. While raising us four kids she would shout
out my pianistic mistakes from the kitchen, or the laundry room. I hated this (can you imagine?) and would shout back, "I
don't care, I'm doing it MY way!"
I accidentally drowned a squirrel that I rescued when it fell from
a tree when I was 14. I was trying to give it a drink of water, not realizing that I was actually holding its NOSE in the
glass, and not its mouth. I cried piteously when I realized what I'd done.
I don't like frogs or toads.
I got lost in Yosemite National Forest when I was 11 and while sobbing, sure I was going to die, I stepped on a frog as I
walked in a stream. I used to play with them in my kiddie pool before then. It's been suggested that what I actually have
is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Oddly enough, black snakes were in abundance around our house in Florida this summer and they
didn't bother me as much as I thought they might. After my trip to Costa Rica (summer 2009) I don't even notice
flying insects smaller than 2 inches long. But keep those toads away, please...and you can keep the mice, too.
just became a mother-in-law, or as one friend put it, mother-in-love! I do adore my new daughter-in-law and expect to have
a terrific relationship with her, to mirror the great love I share with my own mother-in-law. My son chose well when he married
Sarah Elizabeth Connell on May 30, 2010, in Hampstead, NH.