Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge sign ups OPEN on March 1, 2019.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

#atozchallenge: About Arlee Bird

Arlee Bird's First Birthday
Arlee Bird many years later
     Since I didn't do my about me post yet, I thought I'd slip in quietly on this Easter day and do my quick little turn at a few of the questions.

"Where do you hail from?" (D.G. Hudson)  -- I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where I lived for the first seven years of my life.   But I feel like East Tennessee is my home.
"Have you ever wanted to be a rock star?" (Alex J. Cavanaugh) -- Oh of course!  I've fantasized about this since high school and still imagine it now and then, though now I think more country than rock.

"Would you rather have your own personal sailing ship or spaceship? What would you name your ship?" (L.G. Keltner) --  Since I have a bit of a fear of water and don't take too well to being out in open water, I'll probably go with the spaceship.  Although I guess being in airless space is a somewhat scary thought as well.  It is kind of exciting to imagine though.  My ship would be named "Imagination".

"Favorite childhood memory" (Tina) -- I had such a great childhood that it's really difficult to single out any favorite childhood memory.  I guess this is why I like writing memoir--I like remembering and telling the fun stories.   My favorite memories would probably be related to fun times at home and with family.

"How do you use those HTML tags .. and I've yet to learn about the signature line too .." (Hilary Melton-Butcher)   -- I've been a huge proponent for the signature link and the HTML tags.  They are so handy to direct people to specific links I want them to see and to my own blog.  It's so much quicker to visit blogs if I have a link that takes me right there.  I just hate that WordPress, other systems, and often the other bloggers mistake a link in a comment or the signature link to think the comment is spam.  I really have a strong distaste for spam and spammers.

"Describe the last Halloween costume you wore." (Nicole) --- Many years ago when my kids were still in school and before I got remarried, I dressed in old green coveralls, sprayed my hair green, and put on green make-up and went out with my kids.  When people asked what I was supposed to be, I answered, "Broccoli".   Why do some people find broccoli to be so scary?

"What's more important, space exploration, or under-sea exploration?" (Matt Conlon) -- That's kind of a tough one as they are both fascinating frontiers.   I love the idea of forging on into the outer reaches of the universe as well as a concentrated study of our own solar system.  So much adventure!  But on the practical side of what could be more immediately useful and accessible to us I'd have to put the priority on sea exploration.  It will be probably be easier to access the resources of the sea before what's in space.  I hope we don't give up on either.

Coke or Pepsi?" (Mina Lobo) -- Funny how things can change.  In the 80's I had a clear preference for Pepsi, then somewhere along the line I started preferring Coke.  Maybe they had the better sales?  

"If you could sing any song with the artist who wrote/performed it, what would it be and with whom?" (Tracy Bermeo-A2Z Mommy) -- What a strange experience this would be!  I'll go with "Living for the City" with Stevie Wonder and I'd want to do a bluegrass arrangement of the song.  I wonder if Stevie would approve?

"How old were you when you realized your passion for writing?"   "Who inspired you to write in the very beginning?"    "Who inspires you now?" (Magical Mystical MiMi)--  My mother inspired me to tell stories when I was perhaps five or so and my father inspired me to write when I was about eight.  Writing and reading have been passions since I was young.  Now my writing inspirations are Flannery O'Connor, Cormac McCarthy, and many great bloggers out there.

         Happy Easter to all!   And now let the Challenge begin!

Enhanced by Zemanta


  1. What a cute one year old Lee? though you looked perfectly good when we met. Good questions and answers,

  2. Nice pics! And lovely to get to know you a bit better - looking forward to your A-Z

  3. Hi Arlee,
    THis is really interesting to know a bit more about you. OMG! how good that little one looks like,and now LOL. I have a suggestion here pl remove the blod and put the questions in a different color. that gives a pleasant reading. Tina posted today my portion of Getting to know if time permits pl do have a look.
    Have a wonderful time of blogging this season. Best Regards
    Happy Sunday and week end

  4. Good luck with the A to Z I hope it all goes Hunky Dory. My own master plan is almost complete, (sort of).

    Rob Z Tobor

  5. Broccoli! That is original. And come to my neck of the woods and I can take you to where Pepsi began.

  6. Don't drink Pepsi or Coke. Haven't for years.

    Nice to know more about you Lee. Looking forward to your blog posts. There are still people there without hyperlinks and others with Captcha.


  7. Very honoured to meet you properly, Arlee! That kid in the high chair still looks cute in his blue blanket.

    A note about Wordpress & spam/links. WP users can set the tolerance for links in Settings-Discussion. The default is two links before the spam filter kicks in and sends them to be approved. Hope that helps.

    And thanks for all your tips (and Shannon's guide to signatures!)

    Jemima at Jemima's blog

  8. Hahaha, yes I also noted some people think broccoli is scary. Perhaps is the fact that it cause some people gas. Those are great pictures, Arlee!

  9. Under-sea exploration might help conquer that fear of water thing. Broccoli is delicious! Nothing scary about it. After all, they're lucky you didn't dress up as beets! THAT'S what I call scary. Lol.

    Tim McGraw and Toby Keith (sp?) are about the very few things I know about country. Nice choice for your singing performance...of all Stevie's songs, I either always forget about "Living for the City" or i get it confused with "Ghetto Life" by Rick James...don't know how that happens. Coke is always a winner. HAPPY EASTER, Arlee! :)

  10. Yvonne - I haven't changed much at all, have I.

    Laura -- Thanks for visiting.

    PV -- I kind of rushed through this and agree that a different contrast between q & a would be better, but I've got posts to write and time's running out.

    Rob -- Remember what happens to those best laid plans!

    Lacey -- It's kind of a weird picture and I don't know why we took it.

    Alex -- I always like factory tours and such. Do they provide samples like Budweiser does on their tours?

    Jo -- Some people are just resistant to change or they're just not listening.

    Jemima -- I figured there was something in WP like that. I hope WP users start fixing their sites so they are more comment friendly.

    Al -- Some people don't like vegetables. They don't know what's good for them!

    Nicole -- I'll leave that undersea exploration to others. You won't find me there. Stevie Wonder has so many great songs.


  11. This was fun to read! I stopped linking in my comments because of exactly what you noted. WordPress, for example, started thinking my links were spam.

    (No Pepsi OR Coke for me!)

  12. Broccoli?? Now that's a first! :)

  13. Cute baby photo, and I love that you dressed up as broccoli!
    Great lead in for tomorrow, and thanks for making it all possible Lee! Happy Easter!


  14. It is a big ocean and I bet we haven't seen even 10% of what's down there.

  15. It's nice learning more about you, Lee. It seems that some places seem more like home than our birth homes. Perhaps that's where we are meant to be.

    Now I know where you hail from!

  16. Great info about you, Lee. I really love that old TV set in your baby picture! Oh and nice "hoodie"!!

    Chuck at Apocalypse Now

  17. You look cute in your first birthday pic. Who would have thought that you would start something like A to Z Challenge that would become international.

  18. Alex thanks for coming up with the blog post on Lee.

  19. Love this insight into your creative past life, Arlee. Let the games begin. How nice that we have a forum where we can just meet people and other bloggers, and not be entering a contest or winning prizes. Meeting new friends is a gift greater than gold, in my book, and is the greatest prize of all.

  20. What a fun post - great to get to know all these ins-and-outs of your life. I wonder how many of us got our start as storytellers because of favorite family stories?

    I'm chomping at the bit for tomorrow!! YAY for A to Z and THANK YOU for all the work you do for us!

    Julie Jordan Scott
    Our Literary Grannies from A to Z
    tweet me - @juliejordanscot

  21. What a blessing to have such a wonderful childhood, Arlee! Broccoli, eh??? Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed learning more about our fearless leader!

  22. I'm glad to know everyone and am looking forward to the AtoZ Challenge.

  23. Hooray for the a-z! Nice to meet you!

  24. Getting to know you posts are so much fun. I think most kids spend some time singing into their hair brush in front of the mirror or playing Zeppelin songs with their air guitar :) So Arlee, did you want to be a rock, pop or country star?

  25. Great to know you a little better. Happy Easter. God bless, Maria at Delight Directed Living

  26. I was expecting you to say Mr. Green Jeans from Captn. Kangaroo. All the answers say much about who you are--very interesting.

  27. Jolie - I still maintain the signature link is a great tool. I'd like to teach the world to link.

    Rosalind -- I thought it was funny, but I don't know if my kids were all that thrilled to be seen with Dad dressed like that.

    DL -- And perhaps the last...

    Julie -- I almost forgot to do my "about me"!

    L.Diane -- And I'm all for someone else going to check out the ocean. I'll watch the TV special about it.

    DG -- I think one's age has a lot to do with making roots. High school and college tend to be very socially formative years and that when I was in TN so that's where most of my friends are now.

    Chuck -- I love the stuff in old photos.

    Munir -- I was planning my blogging strategy even then, but I had no idea I was doing it.

    Sharon -- Thanks for that outlook on the Challenge. I agree!

    Julie -- I'd say most writers got a lot of inspiration from the storytellers in their lives.

    Jarm -- I feel very blessed with my life.

    Joyce -- I guess A to Z has already started where you are.

    Andrea -- Thanks!

    Jen -- Like my blog I guess I wanted to be eclectic. I wanted to perform all sorts of music. Maybe progressive country jazz rock?

    Maria -- It's been a peaceful Easter day for me.

    Susan -- Maybe it's good that we don't have a profile follow-up by a psychiatrist!!


  28. Happy Easter to you, Arlee and the team. Thanks for starting this Challenge. Through it, I've met some really nice people. Looking forward to blast off day!

  29. Happy Easter today and happy A tomorrow!
    This was really fun last year. I'm looking forward to starting again! I met some great new blogger friends last time - and there are even more this year!

  30. Broccoli is a great costume! Pictures? That would be SO awesome! I enjoyed this GTKY, glad you sneaked it in!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

  31. Happy Birthday, Arlee. Great interview answers. Thanks for starting the A to Z Challenge. It's a hoot!

    Play off the Page

  32. Aw what a cute baby photo!! And how funny you went as broccoli. ::snort::

    herding cats & burning soup

  33. JL -- It's already started in some parts of the world!

    Donna -- This year should be better than ever.

    Tina -- I really cut this one close. Actually I almost forgot.

    Mary -- I guess this birthday rumor started with my picture on this post. Aha!

    Anna -- I sure look happy in that photo. I guess I'm excited about that cake.


  34. Fun stories from the Q&A Lee. Thanks for kicking off the A to Z.

  35. "Broccoli" hahaha! Arlee, that is a genius idea for a Halloween costume. Looking forward to the month ahead...just wish I could remember the twitter hashtag for it. *wanders off in search of hashtag*

  36. Happy Blog Hopping and Happy Easter everyone!

  37. Love the pictures, Arlee...and it's very nice to meet you. I'm super excited to be a part of the challenge this year. Thanks for providing us all with this awesome opportunity to stretch our blogging wings and meet a bunch of great new people!

  38. Nice to meet you Arlee! Cute pics!

  39. Woo-hoo! Let the fun begin!
    Thank you Mr. A to Z!

  40. Arlee - great to "meet" you, and thanks for giving us all this opportunity!

    Looking forward to my first A to Z Challenge.


  41. Hi Lee - love the photos! Thanks for answering my question .. I live on the wrong side of the curve I think - still might get myself organised in a few days with HTML etc ..

    Enjoy the A-Z - it's an amazingly creative idea for us to meet others ... so many great bloggers out there ..

    Cheers Hilary

  42. Hi Arlee, Its really good to be here again. Though i am a bit late i am so happy that you started this venture again for the benefit of many.
    Keep up the good work.
    Here comes a bit belated greetings on this happy day and occasion. Happy Birth Day to You.

  43. great choice, Stevie Wonder! :)
    Loved the interview!

  44. What a great way to start. The Q and A was cute (as were the pictures). I'm looking forward to this - am hoping to breathe a little life back into my blogging (and my blog!)


  45. Nice to read your blog Arlee.Look forward to reading your posts.Roll on day two of A2Z..Bring on the B!! :)

  46. While I love his answers...I love his name even more...nice to you, Arlee!...:)JP

  47. Great pictures! And thanks for answering my question! The spaceship Imagination sounds like a great place to be!

  48. Hope you had a wonderful Easter, Arlee! Sure enjoyed learning more about you through this post. Incidentally, my seed pods for my broccoli plants are almost ready to harvest for next year's crop. Nothing scary about broccoli at all:)


Commenting is now open to all, but will be monitored for spam, ads, abusive language, or anything that is not relevant to the interests of the A to Z Challenge--Please respect this blog space and its users

Please leave your opinions and feel free to ask anything that is on your mind. Irrelevant anonymous comments and spam will be deleted.