The Liebster Award has been passed around for several years – a sort of peer recommendation system for up-and-coming blogs. Thanks to Rachel at The Sagebrush Sea for nominating three harebrained college instructors – people like you keep us writing and thinking!
11 Random Things about Us
- We are three very different women, with roughly the same job.
- Jane’s favorite color is blue.
- Sarah has lived in Italy and Eastern Montana – they are not the same, at all.
- Keri is a classically trained musician who plays the Swedish fiddle. She lived in Sweden; it’s not Montana either.
- We are all distracted by junk food and bad T.V.
- We spend more hours together grading papers than we do with our families – at least during the school year.
- We have a secret coffee pot in an adjunct office; we hide out there some afternoons.
- We all love a good argument, especially when it is reasoned and insightful and involves students who are thinking independently. We encourage respectful dissent.
- Keri is still technically a newlywed
- Jane teaches science fiction and Othello – sometimes in the same semester
- Sarah loves to backpack and wear sparkly nail polish, usually at the same time.
Rachel’s Liebster Questions, answered by us.
What do you hope your legacy will be?
Keri: I want to leave the world a nicer place than when I got here. That means teaching my students to think for themselves, seek understanding, continue learning, and help other people. I hope that they pass on these traits so that these lessons continue for generations.
If you cook, what is your signature dish? If not, what is your favorite dish?
Jane: People seem to love my roast turkey.
If money and time were no object, where would you travel and why?
Sarah: I’m such a cliché: I caught the same travel bug as every other privileged college kid with a backpack. I’d go anywhere. India, Nepal, and Machu Picchu top my current list – followed closely by a return trip to my favorite haunt and former home: Sicily.
Where or what do you consider home?
Keri: For me, home is more of a feeling of comfort and acceptance. If I had to pick a place, I guess the Southwest United States is home. The moment I see red rocks exposed in the sun, I feel the stress melt from my shoulders and I feel welcomed. I experience this most as I drive to visit my parents in Arizona. On the Nevada-Arizona border on the banks of the Virgin River, there’s a rest area where I stop and allow the sun’s warmth, the red rocks, and the sound of water to embrace me. After that stop, I am giddy with the feeling of coming home.
Do you place importance upon selecting the right name for your pets?
Keri: For me, my pets are my children, so their names are very important. At the same time, I like their names to reflect my life when that pet comes along. For example, I had a dog named Valpen, which means “the puppy” in Swedish. This was significant because of a certain boy I liked in Sweden who had the biggest puppy dog eyes. My friend and I nicknamed him “Valpen,” so when I saw this scrawny black and white puppy looking at me with these big brown eyes, I had to name her Valpen.
What is your favorite book?
Jane: The Cheyneyville Incident and Austerlitz
What is your idea of an ideal celebration?
Sarah: I married an introvert, but I love a party. When I was a military wife I attended lots of formal parties we called “mandatory fun.” Now I prefer a small group of friends, simple real food, and a good stout beer. Every celebration is made richer by profound words – I love a heartfelt read-a-loud.
What is your favorite breed of dog?
Sarah: Old. I have a new puppy.
What song makes your heart happy?
Jane: Some Enchanted Evening
What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
Keri: My favorite hobbies and pastimes change depending on the weather or time of year. Currently, during these cold winter months, I enjoy listening to books on my phone while working on my latest cross-stitch project. During warmer months, I want to be outside in the mountains enjoying fresh air and the wind in the trees—even if it’s just sitting on a rock with a fishing pole in hand or hiking a new trail. It really doesn’t matter, as long as I’m outside.
Name one thing you are thankful for.
Sarah: I am thankful that this question is impossible because the list is sooooooo long!
Questions for our nominees:
- What inspired you to begin writing your blog?
- What do you hope your legacy will be?
- What is your favorite city in the world?
- If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
- What do you like about blogging?
- What’s your favorite weather?
- What questions nag at you?
- What do you find beautiful?
- How do you answer the standard “what do you do” question?
- What is your biggest regret?
- What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?