I have read Gone With the Wind end-to-end sixteen times. I don’t acknowledge the existence of a sequel and once stunned two fifteen-year-old boys who, just to be polite, asked, “Do you think Scarlett and Rhett ever got back together?” with an emphatic “No” followed by a forty minute lecture. The boys have probably recovered by now.


I like to dance as much as the next person but if the song has lyrics that make no sense, it makes me crazy. For that, my sister used to think I was crazy.


Before he was a pundit, John McLaughlin was a Jesuit priest. He knew my family and when invited for dinner, used to bless my siblings and me before we were sent to bed. I wonder if the blessings still count?


One of my most embarrassing moments ever involves shopping at Saks in Boston’s Copley Square with my mother who induced me to try on a very expensive black skirt that was just a smidge too tight. Nearly an hour later, during which my mother and I tried and failed to get me out of said skirt, a tiny woman with a Polish accent had to cut it off me in front of the sales staff of the women’s department. My mother still laughs. I still love her.


My first pet was a cat with seven toes. I don’t remember her name. We always refer to her as the “Seven-Toed-Cat.”


In high school, I won a “Best Supporting Actress” award in the New England Drama Competition for my performance as Clea in “Black Comedy.” That was pretty much the end of my stage career.


I am afraid of crossing bridges in a car. I own three tools designed to help get me out of a vehicle after it has plunged off a bridge into the water. I study this video regularly.


I am also afraid of rats and any rodent that looks like one.


I have skinny-dipped twice. I would like to do it again. Make that: I WILL do that again.


I have five siblings and six step-sibs. My son is the only one who is related by blood to all of us. Chew on that one for a while. Or read more about it here.

Now, tell me a few things about you (in the comments below)!

18 Comments on “Ten More Things About Me”

  1. Hi Betsy,

    My Mom gave me Casualties for my birthday (she was at your book signing in Jefferson). Very compelling story that I could relate to. Ruth coming to terms with the suicide of her son Robbie brought back a compelling time in my life. On August 1, 1995 my son Jeremy committed suicide in nearby Randolph NH. I was reading Casualties on August 3rd. I enjoyed reading the small references of home, Lost Nation Road
    and Cannon Mountain. Keep up the good work. PS I enjoy walking too (4 miles a day).
    Joyce Gross Roberts

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