Questions and Answers for Blaine Collins
Why do I blog?
- Blogging connects me with you!
- Blogging helps me to clarify ideas and refine communication.
- Blogging allows writing to be part of daily activity.
- Blogging helps me keep up with technology, and one step ahead of my son (for a while).
Where did learning begin for me? On the back porch (or stoop) at my childhood home. I recall melting crayons in the hot sun and swirling the colors together to make silly, fascinating designs. I recall learning the basics of addition and multiplication using a wooden case of 7-ounce Coca-Cola bottles.
Where did I learn teamwork? On a baseball diamond; in a restaurant kitchen; building small businesses; leading projects much larger than I could accomplish alone.
Which is my favorite coffee house in North America? Starbucks on the corner of Ave. P & 21st in Washington D.C. Cozy; bi-level seating; 2 blocks from DuPont Circle.
What is my favorite time of day and why? Early morning. I love awakening on a cold winter morning, two hours before the rest of the house begins to stir. With so much activity later, this quiet time is a luxury and joy.
Which is my favorite coffee house in Europe? Cafe Mozart in Vienna. A bit touristy; good ambiance; rich espresso; right next to the State Opera House.
What inspires me? The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost. Everytime I read it; no exceptions.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.