Sharon's Song

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Sharon Kay

Sharon Kay
Jacksonville, Florida,
June 03
Life has been a bit strange lately, both good and bad. I hope to come back to OS when I learn to write for myself and no one else. and on FaceBook or if you want to talk just message me and I'll give you my phone number or Skype name. I got nothing to hide!


OCTOBER 5, 2009 6:43PM

Raindrops On Roses

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Peach is my favorite color of rose.
I've been considering a lot lately about really knowing a person and how we can think we know someone but, either because they were never honest with us or we just both changed, we suddenly begin acting like strangers. 
So, here are a few of my favorite things to help you get to know me a little better. Why should you care? Beats me, but if you're interested here I am in no particular order.
Salad Meal: Haas avocado, tomato, thinly sliced sweet onion, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Served with a slice of "good" french bread and a glass of wine.
Movie: Ishtar and Desk Set (I know that's more than one but it's my list and I can have more than one favorite if I want.)
Now if you've never seen Ishtar I suggest you at least try. This movie is usually on the list of all time stinkers but it stars Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty with music by Nichols and May and I like pulling for the underdog. 
Toy: Yo-yo
Season: Whichever one it is except winter. God, I hate winter.
Cocktail: Gimlet made with gin, not vodka, and make mine tart.
Holiday: 4th of July
I hate those little firecrackers but the big fireworks displays that they waste thousands of dollars on downtown just thrill me and I don't have to buy any prsents or cards.
TV Show: House
How can Hugh Laurie be so sexy with a scruffy face and addictive, abrasive personality? I don't know, but he is!
Music: Well, Lucinda Williams and Tom Waits, have been very high on my list lately but the one with the most songs on my iPod is Rod Stewart. 
Book: I've read a lot of books in my life but the books that I could read over and over and never tire of them are "Winnie-the-Pooh" "The House At Pooh Corner" "When We Were Very Young" and "Now We Are Six", especially if there is a little one lying in bed listening to my voice as it sings the words.
Flower: Peony, even more than the peach colored rose. 
Fruit: Blackberries especially if I can pick them myself, give a little blow to be sure no spiders are clinging and eat the berries there in the field. My only problem with this is the little green snakes that like to sun on or near the bushes but I'm getting better about them and only shudder for a second as the poor frightened snake hurries away. My grandmother taught me to be afraid of snakes. Thanks, Gram, wherever you are!
Tree: Weeping Willows with their graceful branches swaying in the breeze. There was one near my grandmother's house in South Carolina when I was young and I can still see it in my mind. When I lived in Georgia there was a small weeping willow in my back yard and I'd make tea from it's brances since it has the properties of aspirin.
Actresses: Audrey Tautou, Toni Collette and Katherine Hepburn
Position: Well now, that really depends, doesn't it?
Actors: John Cusack, Tommy Lee Jones, Billy Bob Thornton (this one is constantly changing)
Religion: Buddhism because the little Buddha images just make me happy and, as Wayne Gallant pointed out, the teachings weren't meant to be a religion. 
Animal: Tiger
Fun Place: The French Quarter in New Orleans but not at Mardi Gras
Snack: Currently it's carrots or celery dipped in hummus.
Pasta Topping: Pesto and fresh parm
Coffee: Iced with one sugar and half and half
Pastime: Toss up between driving and the ocean but you already knew that if you've been around me very long. 
So, that's enough about me, me, me. Do you have anything about yourself that you'd like to share?  I'd love to get to know you better.


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I'll have to come back to this idea. Thanks for sharin', Sharon!
you had me at Lucinda Williams and Tom Waits. You are a peach!
I've been considering posting something similar. ~R~
I concur with Owl. Will have to ponder some of these. But thanks for the insights! Promise, I'll do this meme sometime soon. :-)
Many good choices here that I can heartily endorse. Here's one back: Peach is my favorite fruit.
mmm....with you on the carrots in hummus, freshly picked blackberries, peonies, and toni favorite vine is bouganvillea...the first time I came to san francisco I couldn't believe the bougainvillea growing everywhere.

the rest of my list is pretty shifty these days.....I've never had a gimlet but I would love to down one right now. (probably this would be unwise, careerwise, since I'm still at work, but given the opportunity....)
I'm not much for writing lists (except for to do lists), but I really like yours!
I love that color of rose too, though there are some types of yellow roses that come pretty close. Movie? Little Big Man as far as classics, but for newer ones I'd go with the recent Clint Eastwood film Gran Torino. I'm with you on the Lucinda Williams, and I'd like to suggest you check out James McMurtry too, especially the album "St. Mary of the Woods."

I could go on and on but this is your post. Thanks for letting us get to know you better:)
Ishtar? Really? Thanks LIG for letting us get to know you better. You said you hate winter so I had to go back up and see where you lived. Ah...of course...
I nod in agreement.
(And a small headshake at Ishtar)

(thumbified for individuality)
Hmmm, are you sure wanna know?

Regardless, thanks for the insights but I felt like I
already knew you pretty well Sharon.
you rock, girl. i mean that!
Read this earlier and now getting back here.
I loved your list of things about you. I thought I knew ya pretty good but now I think I know you even better now..
Thank you for sharing this about you..
You are great..
My favorite flower is the giant sunflower. I like to season and bake the fresh sunflower seeds.

Favorite past time -- girl watching

Favorite Toy -- Slinky

The rest---NO GOOD ANSWER!! :)
What a sweet post, Sharon. I´ll try to answer to it soon.
Kisses and good night,
You had me at House...but I also like Weeping Willows, Rod Stewart, John Cusack, Tommy Lee Jones, and Billy Bob Thornton.

Your salad sounds delicious, but I'm not sure about the gin. I might have to give that a try! Thanks for sharing.
Always good to learn more about each other even though we probably never CAN really know another completely!
I'd love to eat the salad, nibble fresh blackberries on the side, hear Tom and Lucinda, and drink a gimlet (my irl best friend's nickname!) under a weeping willow. What a fun post. Thanks for sharing more of your world.
Hmm, this may be something I have to have a go at myself if you don't mind? Sharon? Though choosing a favourite movie might be tough....
Thank you so much for sharing with me, me, me. My OS friends always make me feel better and I look forward to hearing about more of your favorite things. Please PM me if you do since I've been missing some of my favs lately with so many things going on at home.
"When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad"
Rodgers and Hammerstein sure could write a song.
Yes, the fresh blackberries off the bush! We had rows of these in the field by the woods where I grew up. I hate having to pay for them at the market now. I've been so spoiled. ;-)
A beautiful list! Please PM me whenever you post, if that's something you do.
My niece, Alice , is four and at family gatherings she is regaled with :
"They're changing guards at Buckingham Palace
Christopher Robin went down with Alice,
Alice is marrying one of the gaurds.
A soldier's life is terrible hard -
says Alice."
Yup, fun times with my family!
Great list, Sharon. I'm with you on Peonies, pesto, weeping willows, the ocean, and Lucinda. My favorite salad these days has roasted beets and goat cheese atop greens with vinaigrette.
what a sweet list. I'm never good at making lists of favorites. As soon as I say something like nasturtium is my favorite flower, then I remember that I also love begonias, lotus,hibiscus, gerbera daisies, dahlias, gladiolas...the list goes on.
I loved this idea - it adds to the sense of community. And, I don't see it as a list, I see it as insight into who you are. There is much more than just a list here, like...

"TV Show: House
How can Hugh Laurie be so sexy with a scruffy face and addictive, abrasive personality? I don't know, but he is! "

Amen Sister! I swear, I just want to jump through the screen and make out with him sometimes (don't tell my husband).

The peony is my favorite flower - I wrote a piece about that once...let's see if I can find that around here somewhere.

I'm sure more will be revealed! Nice2Meetu.
Ishtar--it's funny for the first half hour or so, when they are in New York and writing comically bad songs, but it goes horribly awry when they get to Afghanistan. Plus Beatty and Hoffman are too old, even then, for those parts. Digging Tom, Lucinda and (Faces-era anyway) Rod, though.
I'm with you on the salad, LIG, what else? Chocolate, my down comforter, coffee, my dog, the unexpected kindness of strangers, learning (this week, Photoshop, a month ago, learning the tricks of crossword puzzles), the smell of applesauce cooking or bread baking, Julianna Margulies, Charlotte Rampling (their faces!), Will Smith (he just makes me smile; I want to pinch his little cheek), Diana Krall, the possibility inherent in NOT knowing something, roses, love, verbal repartee and the well-rounded sentence...
Thanks, Sharon. It's great getting to know you this way. I was JUST wondering the same thing about Hugh Laurie. How does he do it? His character is despicable. And he's so handsome but so scruffy and...oh, I love him. There I said it.

I like: making cookies without a recipe, massages, someone whispering in my ear, all movies - good, bad (bad movies can be the most fun!), trendy shampoo, candles, the scent of pine, singing, dining, all creatures, this time of the year, the idea of magic, carl jung, vampires, life after death, dreams, shopping at thrift stores, chinatown in nyc, sex, sex and sex.
oh wow, i'm so happy that Sirenita got me here. what a lovely idea for an open call and what a fabulous lsit you have here. i'm probably going ot have to post on this subject because there are so many things that i love. but, for now, dark chocolate, cuban sandwiches, my wonderpups ella fitzgerald and cocoa chanel and Fall weather... love love love and grattitude and favoriting and rated..
Love this one. We've done some similar, i.e. Things I Love, Things I Hate, movies, etc., but I like them all collected neatly here. And you're right, now I know more about you. I will do mine this week. (Although some here might say they already know too much about me... ;)
Wow! I love this idea. :) And I like your idea of salad as well.
Excerpt from The Beatitudes: A Pinch and Scrimp Adventure by Lyn LeJeune, in both Kindle and book. A book for and about New Orleans (proceeds go to The New Orleans Public Library Foundation)

She had grown up in a New Orleans housing project shamefully named Desire. Desire had been constructed in an isolated area northwest of greater New Orleans, bordered by industrial canals and railroad tracks. Pinch often recounted her nights as a young child lying on the floor under a matted blanket listening to gunshots in the night. Desire had been built in the late 40s over the Hideaway Club where Fats Domino had played his first gigs. Pinch swore she could hear Fats sing “My Blue Heaven” just for her. As Pinch’s childhood tumbled forward, she learned survival skills. By the age of twelve, she had tried just about every street drug going and stole to keep from going hungry, acquiring the nickname Pinch. She would have been doomed to a child’s death but for the help of an aged aunt. Pinch pulled herself up, finished high school, and made it through college by working sometimes two shifts as a housekeeper in seedy hotels that bordered the Ninth Ward. A city auditor once asked her why she hadn’t worked in the Lafayette Square District or the famous 625 St. Charles suites. “You could have paid for a Ph.D. with the tips alone.” And she replied: “Well, I guess ‘dis sista just feeling mo’ secure wid da brothers. Ozanam Inn be my place, homeless peoples and all.” Then she rubbed his arm. The poor guy broke out in a sweat, brushed his thinning hair back with an aged-spotted trembling hand, and looked at me for intervention. Later I asked Pinch why she’d stuck it to the auditor; she shrugged her shoulders and replied: “I guess just every once and a while I have to remind myself where I come from. Pride has many forms, love.” Pinch had overcome. She was the bravest person I ever knew.

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