The question has been asked "Who are you?" On the surface, this is a throw away line, a blip, a moment. But when you look deeper and plumb the depths, what a conundrum is found. All the questions rush in, "how deeply shall I answer.."
What does your name mean?
When I was young, I thought I had a stoopid name.. I mean, come on, Deborah? WTF? Deborah comes from Hebrew and means "The Bee". I fantasized about being named Brenda, or Heidi, or Shelley, anything but Deborah.
I go by Deb, not Debbie, Deby, Debbi, etc. In High School Debbie Does Dallas had just come out and, let me tell you, after a couple of years of Debbie teasing, the name loses it's lustre!
In What era were you born?
I was born at the tail end of the '60's to a REALLY conservative family. To give you an idea, my father was convinced that Nixon was framed, Ted Kennedy was a murderer, and, were he alive today, would demand Obama's Birth Certificate. It was a volatile time to grow up, with Viet Nam, Civil Rights.
My parents were fearful of just about everything, Blacks, Hippies, Riots, Commies, Democrats. I grew up terrified of unspecified evil all around me. The first time I figured out that being outside after dark didn't automatically kill me, I kind of went crazy and would sneak out and spend all night walking around my town. I was very lucky, actually, because the dangers were real, but I had to grow in caution. I had to work my way out of the complete terror my parents instilled in me.
Where do you come from?
I'm a California Girl.... I know, I know you wish they all could be like me....
Actually, I grew up in a small town in Southern California called Idyllwild. It was a really picturesque place to call home. It was filled with all the Hippies my family was terrified of.
What is your favorite way of dressing? Perhaps a favorite outfit? Shoes? Do you like to wear socks? Do you color your hair? Do you wear underwear? Hats?
Sandals. When I lived in New Orleans, I discovered the joys of being clad in sandals year round. It was heaven, if you could get past the icky streets and the cockroaches.
As far as clothing, I go in cycles, sometimes I like to be a bohemian earth mama, sandals, big earrings, long, swishy skirts. Others, I go for a streamlined elegance. Mostly, I'm somewhere between bohemian & elegant. And if sandals can be worked in, so much the better!
Who or what do you resemble? Do you have any quirks? Anything odd in your appearance?
That's a hard one. I have a goofy, kind of lop sided smile. I don't like to smile in pictures because I don't think it's pretty. I prefer to go for enigmatic, like the Sphinx. I dye my hair strawberry blonde. I swore, when I was younger, that I would never dye my hair under any circumstances! Then I hit 30, and my hair color changed from a really pretty golden blonde to brown bletch. A friend of mine drug me to the supermarket for a bottle of nice and easy. And for the next few years I tried to get my hair to as close to natural as possible.
At 40, I said, Screw it, and went red. I love it! I should have done this years ago!!
Do you like art? Who is your favorite artist? Your favorite art work?
David Hockney is my guy! I love his whimsical take on life. My favorite of his is Mulholland Drive. I saw the original in LA and LACMA in the permanent modern collection and my heart has been there ever since.
I am also, a Kliban cat girl. I think Bill Kliban was da Bomb! love his subversive little felines, and wish he were still living to make more!
I also collect cookie jars. I got started in New Orleans when the Warner Brothers Store was going out of business. I went bananas on the Pepe le Pew jars. From there, I branched out into other really fun shapes. To date, I have an Ice Cream Cone - Strawberry, Jukebox, In-n-Out, Harry Potter, Frog Prince, Oreo Cookie and whatever else tickles my fancy....
Is there a film you think of often? Has it changed you in some way? How?
Ah, film. I am a great lover of film and have so many favorites for different moods or tastes. I'll try to be concise....
I love Cinderella stories. I know, she is rescued, not very feminist, but I reserve the right to my own speical hypocrisy.... My favorite is "Glass Slipper" with Leslie Caron. Her take on Cinderella as a hurting, angry, hungry to be loved person rang so true for me. I love the dancing (yes there is dancing from the Paris Ballet) and Michael Wilding & Keenan Wynn aren't too bad either. This is pre-Disney Keenan Wynn when he was one damn fine fellow! After this would be Ever After with Drew Barrymore. I just like her.
Aunite Mame - Life is a Banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death has become my mantra. But really, it's Roz Russell I adore. I like to think that were she still living, we could do lunch. I love how feisty and alive she is. I have her memoir - and love it!
Ok, I know I am a girl, but ANYTHING with Bruce Campbell. He makes me laugh and smile
Die Hard, Terminator, other action films - when I'm frustrated, I love a good action flick. It makes me feel powerful and capable. And I love Linda Hamilton in the Terminator flicks! She be jammin!
1776 - This movie began my love affair with John Adams. Yes, it's true, I am a Founding Father groupie. I don't have much use for Jefferson or Hamilton. But Adams? He's my guy!
Are you in love? With what?
I adore Why didn't anyone tell me they were so much fun???
Vocation, avocation, passion?
I have been working in Sexual abuse and Domestic abuse issues for years. I find it challenging and have a passion to help families deal with and heal from the ravages of abuse. Personally, I feel that is we dealt with Sexual abuse, all other societal ills would take care of themselves.
Politics. I have become unabashedly political in the past 8 years. My father and I would be at loggerheads, were he alive. Ah well.
OK, that's me in a nutshell... Hope it helps explain a little about me!