Hypergraphia is a condition that causes people to transcribe their thoughts uncontrollably. I don't suffer from it in the clinical sense, but I may be borderline. My blog is the cyber-wall where I spray paint my thoughts for all to see. By the way, if you came here directly through blogger --if your page has no yellow frames and no pretty pic of me in the top left corner -- you may want to visit my main site at www.hypergraffiti.com, where you can read this blog and much much more.


I'm Trudy Morgan-Cole, a writer from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. My books include "The Violent Friendship of Esther Johnson," "Esther: A Story of Courage," and "Deborah and Barak." I'm also a married mom of two, a teacher in an adult-ed program, and a Christian of the Seventh-day Adventist kind. I blog about writing, reading, parenting, teaching, spirituality, and shiny things that catch my eye.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

10 x 10

Here it is. My 100th post. The burden of being meaningful and significant weighs heavily upon me.

Although there's no reason why it should, as no-one other than myself is likely to know it's my 100th, or attach any expectations to that. But, in the words of my favourite
Ashleigh Brilliant saying: "Lord, give me strength to meet this self-imposed and totally unnecessary challenge."

I have borrowed an idea I've seen here and there about the blogosphere and decided to commemorate Hypergraffiti's 100th post by posting 10 lists of my Top 10 ... whatever. The challenge will be to keep this short and pithy, and refrain from commenting on and explaining each list and each choice on each list at length. After all, I do want at least two or three people keep reading to the bottom of the post.

To begin:

List #1: 10 Books that Have Changed My Life (in roughly chronological order of reading)
I don't think I could do a list of "favourite" books because there are too many, so I'm trying to select those that have had the most profound impact on the person I've become and the way I see the world -- mostly fiction, but a few nonfiction have crept in there.
1. The Bible -- specifically the J.B. Philips translation of the New Testament

2. Kate, by Jean Little
3. Mindy, by June Strong
4. Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
5. Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L. Sayers
6. The Last Convertible, by Anton Myrer
7. The Diviners, by Margaret Laurence
8. Tigana, by Guy Gavriel Kay
9. Gospel, by Wilton Barnhardt
10. The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions by N.T. Wright and Marcus Borg

List #2: 10 Movies I Would Gladly See Again and Again (in no particular order at all)
I'm sorry, I'm not a film buff, so none of these are "great films" by movie-people standards. Just mainstream Hollywood movies I have known and loved over the years.
1. The Princess Bride
2. Good Will Hunting
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
6. Crash
7. Galaxy Quest
8. Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail

9. Nothing in Common
10. The Sure Thing

List #3: 10 Days of My Life I'd Like to Relive (chronological order)
1. An afternoon at Hodgewater with my parents, late 70s, when we canoed over to the other side of Hodgewater Pond and saw a beaver lodge. The evening probably ended with my dad playing guitar and us singing by the fire in the cabin, so it would be a great day to relive.

2. Almost any Sabbath and Saturday night at Andrews University between 1983-1986. Even Saturday nights when I was breaking my heart because the guy I loved was out with some other girl ... I'd go back and relive those, too. I was growing up, I was with some of the best friends I've ever had, I was completely alive. Actually, I'd relive any day at Andrews, in a heartbeat, and change nothing.
3. Any day of the camping trip to Lake Simcoe in 1990 with Jamie, Ted, Jerry/Scott, Kirsten and Cathy.
4. The trip to Quebec City with Jason and the Pathfinders in 1991, but without getting violently stomach-sick (although re-living it that way would remove one of the most romantic moments of my life, when Jason carried my bag of vomit and I knew he was The One. Still would be nice to actually see Quebec City though).
5. August 1, 1995 -- the day Jason and I bought our house.
6. August 20, 1995 -- wedding day. Yes, it was fun and I would actually like to relive it -- we managed to make it fairly low-stress, and there were beautiful moments with family and friends.
7. January 24, 1998 -- about four days after Christopher was born. Those first days with a newborn were a little scary, but by the weekend the post-partum blues were gone, my milk had come in, and I relaxed and started to enjoy having my own little person to play with.
8. April 4, 2000 -- the day Emma was born. A much easier birth than Chris's, and I was much more prepared, so this was actually a great day, and I only spent about 4 hours of it in labour.
9. The day we spent tubing on a river in Tennessee, summer 2002
10. Any day on the houseboat in England, summer 2006. Preferably the day with the least locks.

List #4: 10 Dead People I'd Like to Have Lunch With (chronological order)
Comment: These could be ten separate lunches, but it also might be fun to group them. I'd like to have the first three at the table together, for example. All ten at once would be chaotic, though.

1. Jesus (OK, not strictly dead, as I do believe in the resurrection, but not readily available for lunch at the moment)
2. St. Paul (I have some questions for him)
3. Julian of Norwich
4. Queen Elizabeth I

5. Louis Riel
6. L.M. Montgomery
7. C.S. Lewis

8. Margaret Laurence
9. Peter Gzowski

10. Rich Mullins

List #5: 10 Living People I Might Actually Have Lunch With, but Haven't Had the Chance to For Awhile, or Ever
Friends who are far away, whom I haven't seen for years (and in one case haven't met at all except online). The first six are people I'm still in touch with; the last four I've lost touch with ... would love to sit down for lunch with each of these folks. No particular order to this list.
1. Kerry Schafer
2. Jamie Townsley
3. Catherine O'Brien Townsley
4. Sharon Fleshman
5. Katrina Stonoff

6. Linda Paulson Ramos
7. Roseanna Elton
8. Allan Paul
9. Grace Marks
10. Kurt Gillen

List #6: 10 Places I've Been Before That I'd Like to Visit Again
1. Dominica
2. Eastport, Newfoundland
3. London, England
4. Any portion of the Grand Union Canal, England
5. Florence
6. Venice
7. Athens
8. The place in Tennessee where we went tubing on the river
9. Brooklyn, New York

10. Williamsburg, Virginia

List #7: 10 Places I've Never Been That I'd Like to Visit
1. Hawaii
2. Rome
3. Anyplace in the South of France
4. Australia
5. Any South Pacific Island
6. Africa -- any part
7. India

8. New Orleans
9. The Alhambra
10. Egypt

List #8: 10 Songs I Would Put on the Only CD I Could Take to a Desert Island With Me

This is even tougher than the books. The criteria has to be songs I deeply love ... which could easily be 100 ... that I wouldn't get tired of. And each would have to carry some kind of message that would sustain me on my desert island. This is my best list, but I'm kicking myself for stuff I've left off.
1. John Cale, Hallelujah
2. Bruce Guthro, Walk This Road
3. Rich Mullins, Hold Me Jesus
4. Bruce Springsteen, The River
5. Lone Justice, The Gift
6. Fernando Ortega & Amy Grant, I Will Arise and Go to Jesus
7. Bob Seger, Against the Wind

8. Great Big Sea, A Boat Like Gideon Brown
9. Garth Brooks, The Dance
10. Steve Taylor, The Finish Line

List #9: 10 Items of Clothing I Have Loved

This is tough for a different reason -- unlike the books and the songs, I'm hardpressed to think of 10 items of clothing I've really loved. But the very few things I've ever really liked, I have liked a lot.
1. The corduroy skirt I'm wearing in my Grade Five school picture.
2. The pink-and-blue striped rugby-style sweatshirt, 1985.
3. Same style sweatshirt, peach and gray stripes, circa 1990.
4. Light denim jacket with floral insets on the shoulders, 1987-1997, probably.
5. Peach lace snakers bought in Oshawa in 1986 after a very depressing day teaching.
6. Bright red, very short dress with gold buttons bought at Fairweather in St. John's in 1990, which never looked as good on me as I thought it should but which I loved anyway.
7. Black and floral-print dress worn in Alberta in 1992 (and for some years after).
8. Cream-coloured slip dress with tapestry jacket, also worn in Alberta 1992 and for years afterwards.
9. Second-hand brown leather jacket bought three years ago at Previously Loved.
10. Riders mid-rise jeans from WalMart, size 12L, which I am wearing at this very moment. Most comfortable jeans I've ever owned, and the cheapest too -- I own three identical pairs, and if WalMart stops carrying them my life is pretty much over.

List #10: 10 People Who Have Influenced Me, Excluding the Obvious
This is another difficult list, as is any list that names individuals (i.e., I wouldn't list "My Ten Best Friends" for fear of hurting my eleventh and twelfth-best friends, and who really ranks their friends anyway?). I'm going for mentor-type connections here, people I have sort of looked up to, but I am excluding my Mom, Dad and Aunt Gertie because it goes without saying that your immediate family should get a free pass -- obviously all that I am or hope to be I owe to those three people. Ten others (there are far more than ten) who helped make me The Woman I Am Today...
1. Bernice Morgan, my aunt
2. Joyce Griffiths, Grade 4 teacher
3. John Janes, Jr., high school history teacher
4. Mary Barry, 1st year university professor at MUN
5. Valerie Phillips, women's dorm dean at Andrews
6. Meredith Jones, English professor at Andrews
7. Bruce Ronk, likewise, and also my boss for 2 years when I worked as a student in the English Dept.
8. Penny Estes Wheeler, my first editor at R&H and lifelong encourager
9. Glenda-Mae Greene, registrar at Kingsway College where I first taught
10. Ann McCann, on-site supervisor for my counselling internship and now my co-worker & friend.

That's it, folks. Now you know 100 things that are important to me. I've kept it as succinct as I can (which, as always, is not very) and if you require any clarification, or you want to say "Hey, me too!" or "You like that? Ick!" please put your comments ... well, in the comments.


Anonymous Catherine T said...

What a great 100th blog. Let's just say I have a bit of a thing for lists, so this was great fun to read. I too wish we could do lunch. We could discuss all the things that almost made your "10 x 10" blog.

Catherine T

9:27 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Regarding List 5-2 and 7-3, if we could pull this off in Montpellier, France in front of the Opera House at a little outdoor table it would suit me fine.

Regarding List 5-3, Only when I see it in print do I realize how surreal it is that Catherine O'Brien now has the same last name as me...I still maintain that I wouldn't have told her HALF the stuff about my cousin if I knew she'd ever meet him, much less MARRY him!!

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Katrina Stonoff said...

Boy, was this fun! I'm going to have to steal this idea, but since I don't have an important blog-anniversary coming up, I think I'll have to do it in chunks.

Regarding your lists:

Your 10 Days to Relive choked me up. It made me relive some of my own, many similar (i.e. births and wedding).

I also have some questions to ask St. Paul. But I'm fairly certain I'd be too chicken to voice them!

As far as lunch...honey, I'm holding you to it. But I want more than lunch! It'll take at least half the night to cover the ground we have to cover.

Umm...that sounded funny. Let's just assume I meant it completely innocently (which I did).

1:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Trudy on your 100th blog, and a great read to boot. Please keep writing such stimulating and interesting stuff... as if you could help it ;).

Lori M

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

List #1: Books 4, 5, and 7 get a hearty "Me too!"

List #4: Ah, yes, lunch with St. Paul. I'd ask him to explain, at long last, exactly what he meant by that whole "women shall be saved through childbearing" line (and imagine how horrifying if he responded, "Well, actually, I didn't write that letter...") But sign me up for lunches 6 and 7! (Do you think they would work best separately or together? I'd be interested to discover if Jack could answer any of Maud's objections to the faith - they could have it out, at least, on the defensibility of Christ's divinity.)

The 10 x 10 list is a long haul, isn't it? Congratulations on making it to the end!

5:25 PM  
Blogger TrudyJ said...

Catherine ... and Jamie ... I hope we can all do lunch again sometime. The south of France sounds good but there is a part of me that wants to make it Burger King for old times' sake.

Katrina, the trip to Seattle this summer is looking semi-likely so hopefully we can have a very extended lunch ... or whatever! Re St. Paul, yes I would probably be too shy to ask the questions I'd like as well -- in fact, as I was listing all my famous dead people lunch choices, I thought, "I'd never have the nerve to talk to these people!" But it's my fantasy, so I'm sure I can be brave in my fantasy world.

Lori, thanks for commenting ... I'd like to have lunch with you sometime too! (Also in the category of "friends I've never met!")

BubandPie, I know you were one of the people I saw doing the 10x10 list and I do admire the endurance it took ... it's quite a chore! Yes, I want to grill St. Paul on that text as well as the whole "Let the women keep silent" thing. I like the idea of C.S. Lewis and Maud Montgomery at lunch together ... if I can swing it, I'll definitely invite you too!

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just stoked that I made someone's Top 10 list. And if you want to do it electronically, I think after Christmas I will have free long distance and vacation from Dec. 23-Jan 1. WoooHooo....Sharon
AKA 5-4

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Dwayne said...

Trudy, dispite making fun of Catherine to some degree in regards to her lists, I enjoy this type of thing. It is always interesting to me to see what other people find intriguing. I read the Fionivar Tapestry and knew that I enjoyed Kay however it was Tigana that left me saying "WOW" at the end and ensured that I would not miss another of his books. Jamie, Your stories to Catherine were probably for the best. Consider yourself the meat tenderizer of our relationship. We would never have lasted this long without her having some idea of what she was getting into.

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great idea this was, Trudy. My hundredth post is around the corner, too. You've given me some ideas...

I'm totally with you on your numbers one and two movies. And I loved reading the ten days you'd like to relive. What wonderful memories.

3:24 AM  
Blogger sal said...

What a fabulous post! I cannot remember the last time I actually wrote a post for my blog, but I read yours almost daily.

You are an inspiration to my life, and the person I hope to become. Thank you for all that you do.


10:08 AM  

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