saturday 9

In fond remembrance of The Queen of Soul (1942-2018).

1) As befits one of America's premiere artists, Aretha Franklin sang at three Presidential inaugurations. The first was Jimmy Carter's in 1977, when she sang "God Bless America." What's your favorite patriotic song? "America the Beautiful"

2) The daughter of a Baptist minister, Aretha grew up with church music. She told Rolling Stone one of her favorite songs was the hymn, "Victory Is Mine." What's your favorite religious song? "The Prayer of St. Francis"

3) She welled up a bit when President George H. W. Bush presented her with the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. When is the last time you shed a tear? I cried last week--I was overtired and overwhelmed, my feelings were hurt over a slight that in the light of day I shrugged off

4) In 1980, the Queen of Soul sang for the Queen of England in a Command Performance at The Royal Albert Hall. Have you ever been to London? I was in London in 1987 and would LOVE to go back, it was so much fun!

5) Since Aretha had many honorary degrees, it would have been appropriate to refer to her as Dr. Franklin. Who is the last person you referred to by his or her title (Officer, Father, Sgt., Dr., etc.)? one of my colleagues has a doctorate and I wrote her name down including Dr.

6) In this week's song, Aretha tells her lover that it doesn't take a high IQ to understand what's going on in their relationship. Do you know your IQ? I do, I am eligible to join Mensa

7) A sculpture of Aretha is on display at Madame Tussaud's in New York. Do you think wax museums are cool, or creepy? they are creepycool

8) Aretha and Motown legend Smokey Robinson were literally lifelong friends, since they were playground buddies in Detroit. Smokey is one of the only people who can claim to have seen The Queen of Soul with a bucket in a sandbox. If we went to the playground today, would you head for the swings, the slide or the jungle gym? Or, like Aretha, would you play in the sand? I would head for the swings only because it would take a crane to hoist me out of the sandbox

9) Random question: Do you like pumpkin seeds? toasted seeds are so good!


  1. How wise of you to shrug off that slight! I struggle with that.

    Have you seriously considered Mensa?

  2. Love your answer to #8. Me too!

  3. I'm sorry someone hurt you, but glad you were able to shake it off. That is some of the best advice I ever received many years ago about shaking it off. It works. Even if you have to shake it off more than once.

  4. I'm glad you could shrug the slight off. I hate when I get tired or stressed and get all out of sorts like that. It took me long enough, but I did finally learn that prayer, a good meal and some sleep usually totally change my outlook.

    Giggling about your playground answer because we have this round net swing on the jungle gym (sort of looks like a dream catcher) that the kids love and more than one person can sit in it at a time. Unfortunately, the more you sit in it, the more the ropes that make up the seat stretch out. So, when I sit in it my butt is nearly on the ground and my feet aren't anywhere near the ground. It takes someone on the outside to pull me out!

  5. I knew you'd be the smart one. :-)

  6. Creepycool is the perfect word to describe wax museums. I would have to agree that they are both creepy and cool.

  7. I loved your answers! I am eligible for Mensa too...no, I am not...just kidding. Not even close, but so cool you are! Have a nice weekend. Oh yes, creepy cool is a good word for wax museums.


  8. I knew you would be eligible. :o)
    The slight.... Good that you could MEH it the next morning.
    I need to listen to your hymn.
    Take care friend and fellow knitter.

  9. "I was overtired and overwhelmed" I know what you mean, Saturday night while carrying the garbage out the bag broke, and I broke down crying. It was a bad day Saturday that was what lead up to Sunday's post on my blog