Thursday, February 16, 2006

Interview questions for Caroline

As per the rules of the Interview Meme, after answering the interview questions posed to me by Gay Banker, I made myself available as an interviewer to anyone who chose to be interviewed.

Xmichra was the first person to subject herself to an interrogation and did a great job of it. Since then, Caroline and Buddess have also chosen to be interrogated, I mean interviewed. As interviewees, the three of them make a pleasantly diverse threesome with personal circumstances and blogs that are quite different from each other and coming, as they do, from Canada, England and South Africa.

The next one to sit under the spotlight is Caroline.

collage - self-portrait by carolineCaroline is my age (not to be divulged purely out of good manners, of course, but it’s easily found should you want to know) and lives in Bristol with her husband, Jim. She’s only been blogging for 6 months but has two blogs (Caro's words and 100 Things About Me, a collaborative blog) in addition to Caro's lines, her art blog where I discovered her. So there’s enough interview fodder for me to find it difficult to decide on five pertinent questions.

I think I came across Caroline via Andrea’s blog but, blog-readers being rather incestuous creatures, there are a number of other blogs that may have led me to her. Some of those are South African but most aren’t. However, one of my first comments on her blog, in reference to her father who spent many years in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) before Caroline’s birth, was to ask if she knew of the term ‘when we’, a term that South Africans often call whites who left Zimbabwe. She did, of course, and pointed me to an entry of hers from a few months ago where she wrote about her father and mentioned how often he’d say, ‘When I was in Rhodesia…’ There's nothing extraordinary about me asking that question but I suspect that it may gel with her ideas on synchronicity, something she’s a strong believer in.

mandala by carolineHer academic background and part of her career were mathematical/scientific but her belief systems and interests seem quite removed from such logical pursuits in that she’s very artistic (something she gets from her mother) and spiritual. Her artistic pursuits are very evident by regular postings of her artistic creations. These often reflect her spiritual interests (eg various personal interpretations of a mandala) but you need to delve into her words to find out more about those. She’s had two bad bouts of M.E. and, since then, has been advised not to return to work.

And now for the questions.

As with Xmichra, they’re quite probing and could take forever to answer if you think too hard so either take your time or just note down the first thoughts that cross your mind on reading them. And, because I found it difficult to restrict my questions to five, there’s an extra one for good luck. It would be great if you answered all six but feel free to restrict your answers to the five you feel most comfortable with.

Question 1: You love seeing faces in things. And you have always been very sensitive about texture and how things feel. You also love colour and, at times, you’ve arranged your books according to the colour of their spines. If someone were to ask you for a preference, would you pick shape, texture, colour?

morning glory flowersQuestion 2: You are a trained practitioner in flower essences and you talk of morning glory being a power plant that claimed you with great strength. Besides being a very beautiful plant, the morning glory is a powerful psychotropic. Many artists are very open to experiencing as much of the world as possible. Have you ever taken mind-altering substances? If not, why not? If you have, do you still take them?

Question 3: You met Jim, your husband, between your two bouts of M.E. the second of which first affected you in 1996. So you will have known him from your mid-thirties, if not before, years in which many women choose to have children. You make no mention of children yet you strike me as a person who would make a very good mother and, in fact, would like to have had children. Am I right in thinking this of you? If so, why have you not had any?

self-portrait by carolineQuestion 4: You read various ‘fortune-telling cards’, to use a rather inexact term and you have read books on dream interpretation. Many of these have different ways of interepreting signs and information based on keys, principles, and methods laid down over time. But, as I understand it, to be a good reader, much of your power is reliant on your intuition and an ability to open yourself to external influences. Do you think that if you were able to simultaneously read various types of cards (eg Tarot, Dream cards) or simultaneously apply different dream interpetation techniques to a dream you’d had, you’d land up wth conflicting interpretations? How would you interpret/handle that? Alternatively, if you believe they would not conflict with each other, how would you explain that?

Question 5: Many people, especially artists, are very receptive to music and, given a bit of encouragement, will be very passionate about their likes in music. Yet, in your blog, you make no mention of music even though Jim is the base player of the Macaroni Penguins, your favourite band, and you talk of your much greater than average ability to hear high pitched sounds. Why?

Question 6: Unless my research is flawed, it would appear that Jim is a very keen climber and cyclist, activities that your ME would preclude you from. Is this difficult or are they activities that don’t interest you?

For those of you who may want to be interviewed in this fashion, here are the Official Interview Games Rules:

  • If you want to participate, leave a comment below saying, "interview me".
  • I will respond by asking you five questions - each persons will be different.
  • You will update your journal/blog with the answers to the questions.
  • You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.
  • When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Update: Caroline has produced a a great set of answers to my rather probing questions. I was impressed to wake up this morning and find that she'd managed to answer them so thoroughly in such a short space of time.


Blogger Caroline said...

Great questions...

9:51 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Glad you like them - I look forward to the answers.

12:17 am  
Blogger Caroline said...

I've posted the answers - wasn't it lucky that today I had a long snooze so could stay up late to do this ;-)

The hardest part was finding good pictures to illustrate the answers... I think you illustrated your questions beautifully!

2:04 am  
Anonymous xmichra said...

Can't wait to go read the answers.. Alan you did a great job (and might I ad dyou are getting much more timly ;) )


2:38 am  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Caroline, that was quick! Just got up and its not quite 6am so will hve to wait until I get to the office to read them. Damn, that's quite a long wait!

5:57 am  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Wow, really good questions Quick. You'd do well in the media. I can't wait to hear what Caro says. She's an interesting gal, isn't she?

12:12 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Indeed she is!

1:04 pm  
Blogger PJ said...

Can't have you feeling left out of the homo-loop. Go on, interview me! You know you want to.

9:12 pm  
Blogger andrea said...

Caroline has become a good friend of mine, so I'm very pleased to see you've interrogated her. She constantly amazes me at the layers of her abilities and insights. This is a very thoughtful approach, Nomad, and that said ... I'm *days* behind on reading her blog so must get me arse over there tout de suite.

9:37 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

pj: Okidoki, will do. You'll get the questions in a week or so - I tend to be slow about these things. By the way, ignore the comment on your blog about your comment disappearing - I was looking in the wrong place!

andrea: thanks for leading me to her - I'm sure it was your blog that got me there but I may be mistaken

2:53 pm  

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