M Elizabeth Parks
meparks at mtholyoke.edu
Sat Aug 4 05:10:36 EDT 2001
okay. . . delurking for this. . . .
this is a p.s. I'm putting in the beginning, after I've written everything
else--I love these things. I fill out all the ones that I get, even if I
never send them. I guess it's because by committing yourself to an answer
you get a better idea of who you are at that second. So I guess I've
filled this out mostly for myself. . . please forgive the
> Just thought of a way of identifying ourselves by questionnaire. I'm
> curious, like Rebecca, about our community, if I may use this word. So,
> anyone for revelations?
> Who? Lizzie (Margaret Elizabeth Parks)
> Where from? Virginia (born in Pittsburgh, but other than those first
three years I've lived in one part of Virginia or another all my life)
> Where now? South Hadley, MA for another week, then Virginia for a month,
and then off for a school year in Scotland on September 13.
> How ancient? Oh, quite old, but not old enough to go sing karaoke in
bars with my friends (sighs>. . . I was twenty last April. I'll spend my
twenty-first birthday in a country where the legal drinking age is, I
believe, eighteen. . . that might bother me (or excite me?) except that I
don't drink, now and probably not ever (which goes back to one of those
old threads I missed. . . don't smoke a thing or touch any drug but
chocolate and books, either)
> Any progeny? not unless I missed something big along the
way. . . no. But someday.
> Religion (optional, perhaps, but helps with cultural references
etc) Agnostic, with occasional fits and spurts of belief in god. I tend
to think of religion as more of a long, complex novel than something
true. . . I still haven't quite figured out why I'm double majoring in
English and religion, but I love studying religion, especially the
sociological aspects. I was raised as lapsed something-or-other; I come
from a Christian background but I never went to church regularly and my
family's beliefs are Christian in an ethical way--not much focus on the
> Occupation? for the next week, teaching assistant to a bunch of twelve
year olds studying drama at an academic camp (Johns Hopkins' Center for
Talented Youth. Anybody?) I've been pushing DWJ. . . . after that,
assistant at my mother's legal practice (wills and trusts) and
students. Someday--superhero. That's my ultimate goal.
> First DWJ? Charmed Life.
> Quintessential DWJ? Charmed Life.
> Favourite DWJ? Lives of Christopher Chant, Howl.
> Personal maxim/ prescription for an easy life? Life isn't easy. Just
hold onto something and get yourself through the hard parts until you can
What else? I'm naive and gullible, though I did go through an adolescent
cynical phase. I'm one of those people who is always a wee bit late. I
wanted to be a college professor until I got to college and met
professors. I go to a women's college, and I love it, and I'm a feminist,
and I'm completely straight. I've been ill for the last ten months
(almost all of the time I've been on this list--wow, has it been that
long?), and, being an insomniac with a "mono-like illness" have taken to
teaching myself Japanese to fill the time. I'm headed for Scotland, and I
can't wait; while I'm abroad I want to see large amounts of the UK and
the rest of Europe, including Prague, Italy, the Vatican, Germany, Sweden,
and Spain. If anyone has any good touristy suggestions for a girl who
has never been off of the North American continental plate before, likes
but doesn't know a lot about art, and has a fascination for authors and
religious history, please send them!
lizzie, looking around her room at four-twenty in the morning as she
prepares to move back home. . . (I also dislike/am not good at
packing. . . >
> How's this for a questionnaire? I'm sure there's been others like it, but
> before my time. Go on, fill one in, you know you want to.
And I did.
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