The Pieces of Eight Meme
I was tagged by both William and Talmida for the "Pieces of Eight" meme
"The assignment: To write about certain topics in blocks of 8."
8 passions in my life:
8 things to do before I die:
Make sure all of my children are brought up in faith, attend college, and outlive me. All the rest is gravy…
Learn how to manage my finances (so at least somebody’ll get something)
Ride a horse
Learn to play a musical instrument
Work full-time for a charity or a non-profit
Write a book about something
Visit the Grand Canyon
8 things I often say
Rats! (that is, when I can restrain myself from saying “For ___’s sake!”)
If I wait until the last minute to do it, it will only take me a minute to do it.
A winner never quits and a quitter never wins, but someone who never quits and never wins is an idiot.
Do your homework!
Pick up your room!
Brush your teeth!
No one ever listens to me!
I love you!
8 books I read recently
Joe Bageant - Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
Chris Hedges – War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
Jack Beatty - Age of Betrayal: The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900
Sam Harris - Letter to a Christian Nation
Amy Jill-Levine - Jesus The Misunderstood Jew
Henri Nouwen - Peacework
Henri Nouwen - The Selfless Way of Christ: Downward Mobility and the Spiritual Life
Jon Sobrino – Jesus the Liberator
8 films that mean something to me
(Kind of like the songs listed further down below, not necessarily what I consider the best, or even my favorites, but have meant something to me for one reason or another)
El Amor Brujo
The Gods Must be Crazy
A Fish Called Wanda
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Haunting (1963 version)
West Side Story
8 songs that mean something to me
The Marshall Tucker Band - Can’t You See?
The Beatles - Another Girl
The Beatles - You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
The Saw Doctors - I Useta Love Her
John Waite - Missing You
Dire Straits - You’re So Far Away From Me
John Lee Hooker - You Ain’t No Big Thing
The Allman Brothers - Whipping Post
(Can you tell I’ve had a heartbreak or two? What else are most songs supposed to be about?)
8 living people I'd like to have as dinner guests
(Do they all have to be there at the same time? There might be a food fight. Or worse… Better not have any sharp utensils present. Maybe we’ll go to a rib joint…)
I’d like to have all of my regular guests here on the blog. You know who you are. But if I can’t have that…
Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini
John Dominic Crossan
Isabelle Adjani (and it’s OK if she brings Daniel Day-Lewis with her. If she can’t make it, Sophie Marceau could fill in, but not if she brings Christopher Lambert with her)
Consider it open tag season...