About Me

I’m a creative gal living and working in Texas. I’m also the mother of one very brilliant male childDonna - author of ImagineMechanix (naturally, I’m biased); an owner of four dear cats (my ABSOLUTE limit); a cultivator of gardens; a procrastinator; an on and off nail biter, currently off; an avid film fan; and a sometimes chef.

I’m a corporate American during the week, more accurately a marketing propagandist. On weekends, I’m any number of things. I have a Master of Humanities in Literature and have instructed college freshmen in the art of writing. Before I acquired a Master of Arts degree (with a specialty in literature) from The University of Texas, I snared a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the same institution.

I’ve been knlittle donnaown to play in boxes!

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My favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Gustav Klimt, Joan Miro, Vincent Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Hopper, and David Hockney.

I have many favorite authors; a partial list includes: Jane Austen, Graham Greene, Herman Melville, the Bronte sisters, Michel Faber, George Orwell, Paulo Coehlo, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and George R.R. Martin. I have a very strong preference for British literature, and recently I’ve discovered that I fancy crime mysteries written by Swedish authors.

Classical music that moves me to tears includes Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Symphony #9. I also enjoy the work of Saint-Saens. I like a variety of contemporary musical artists. Lately, I’ve been listening to musical productions (I like the Broadway channel on Sirius radio). I’m also really fond of Big Band music!

I prefer British films to American films. British TV programs are better too. I’d be lost without BBC America and PBS. I like British actors. For the most part, they are classically trained, and I think that makes a difference. I also think British TV and film scriptwriters develop more intellectually stimulating stories; and for heaven’s sake, the Brits have Clive Owen, Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Craig, Michael Caine, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Peter O’Toole, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Helen Mirren, Sean Connery, Alan Rickman, Jude Law, and Kate Winslet, to name just a few fine actors calling the British Isles home.

Dislikes: food cooked in margarine; reality TV (please make it go away); public restrooms;  fire ants; days with temps of 100-degrees or more (I should not live in Texas); discourteous behavior; panhandlers and door-to-door sales people; extremists (every country has “flavors” of extremism).

17 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Gina Chen

    I’m a mom, a blogger, and a Ph.D. student, and I need your help. I’m doing a study about why women blog, and you have been selected at random to participate in a short survey about what motivates you to blog and what you get out of blogging.

    Here is the link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/231228/women-bloggers

    Thanks in advance for your help. Feel free to contact me at gmmasull@syr.edu if you have any questions.

    Gina Chen
    Ph.D. student
    S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
    Syracuse University

  2. VJ Martinez

    Ello, then,
    Whut iz all this now.. I find no indication that you’ve never been to a Dead show. Gracious Me…..

  3. anna

    Dear Argot,
    I’ve loocking your blog and I like it.
    I was surprised to see a you tube video of christina branco,
    try listening Mariza gente da minha terra or something else of her, I hope you will like it.
    Love some of your favorite artist or writter,
    excuse some mistake I ‘ve probably made,

  4. sharon

    would like to use your wayward wave scarf pattern and photos in an article. Would you give permission, please? Everyone is knitting scarves this Christmas, so I hear from the shop owners.
    Sharon Watterson

  5. Anabelle

    Thank you for adding me to your blogroll! I do believe we have a lot in common and I hope to get to know you better!

    I have also added you to my blogroll :)

  6. Haven

    Dearest Kindred Spirit,

    We lost touch somehow along the road. I saw you are following me on twitter. I joined but never have the time.

    I am now eight years into the vaccination damage done to my son. Using biomedical intervention and specific therapies, his voice came back to us! He has traveled from severely autistic to high-functioning.

    It is a long and winding road with many twists and curves. It is no easy path. But the first time he was able to say “I love you Mommy,” when medical mainstream doctors had told us it would never happen has made the journey more than worth it.

    I never was able to return to teaching because of Ethan’s health, but I have subbed from time to time.

    Please send me an e-mail. I would love for you to come out to the farm some time. e-mail me and I will send you my cell#. I have missed you! –Haven

  7. Kay


    I was by your website this evening and thought I’d invite you post your blog at Her Blog Directory.

    Our goal is to be the largest directory of female blog writers by June and we’d love to share your blog with others.

    If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

    Best wishes,

  8. Gabi Bolton

    Hello, Thank you for listing me on your cool places to shop. Its good to get feedback. I too am the mother of a puzzling child, tho mine has become a teenager, only have a small but perfectly formed Burmese cat. And am obsessed with Pattern.

  9. hrsj

    I like your new Miro header. I just read your “about me” page; I didn’t realize you have a child AND FIVE cats. That’s great! Thanks for sharing!


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