I have become virtual friends with many inspirational and wonderful writers since discovering my passion for penning in 2011. Like any circle of friends, we can lose touch with each other.
I recently saw a post on Facebook from Rosemary Sadler after a few years of being out of touch. She shared that she is on hospice and has difficulty breathing.
I'm sharing an interview I conducted with Rosemary, in my 2012 series featuring inspirational writers. Some of you will be meeting Rosemary for the first time. Others will become reacquainted with a good friend. Hope you enjoy as I do.
Rosemary Sadler, also known as Rosemay50, reminds me every day not to worry...
Since Rosemary lives in New Zealand, when I am getting ready for bed, she is already well into the next day. This doesn't stop us from chatting on a daily basis at Emerald Wells Cafe where you can virtually drink coffee, tea or cocoa with no caffeine jitters at any time of day.
As a friend, Rosemary reminds me daily that tomorrow will come, as she is already there. This puts my life in good perspective, as today's concerns always seem more manageable tomorrow.
As a writer, Rosemary pushes all of my emotional buttons. She is capable of making me sob or laugh hysterically, depending on the subject matter. Her poetry is exemplary and her musical selections are diverse and inspirational.
The times I feel most relaxed are...
I am most relaxed just sitting on a quiet beach just listening to the surf or at home in the bath tub with scented candles and my favourite piece of classical music playing. Either way feels good.
The times I feel saddest are...
Oh boy. There are so many things that make me feel sad but the two that really get to me are saying goodbye after visiting my grandchildren knowing it may be months before I see them again. And not being able to give my sister in the UK a real hug when she needs one
Something I'd like to teach others is...
No matter how bad things get there is always hope. Always a brand new tomorrow.
My secret passion--my dream job is...
Well I love to travel so I guess my dream job would be a travel companion, cruising (or flying) around the world visiting other countries and learning about other cultures. Any old ladies out there want a travelling companion?
The most hated gift I ever gave someone...
That’s a tough one, I doubt that if anyone who hated a gift they would tell me so. But I did buy my daughter a top which I found dumped in the charity bag still with tags on.
The gift I could have done without...
Ummm… A Sunbeam Nutrioven. My partner was really proud because he had gotten a good discount as it was the last in stock and a display model. Only thing was they had removed all the extra bits that came with it, rendering it pretty useless.
If you peeked in my junk drawer, you'd be surprised to find...
All the tie twists, ice block sticks, rubber bands, old specs cases, half used candles, coloured stones, fridge magnets, empty cotton reels and pieces of bubble wrap will find a use one day… promise.
My date from Hades was...
Ah that would be the one where my date took me to a busy crowded restaurant. Unfortunately the plastic chair gave way under his weight so he grabbed the tablecloth to save himself, which was not the best idea. It is sooo hard to pretend you’re not with someone at the same table.
A life goal on my bucket list...
I have had more than my fair share of filling buckets, anymore would be simply greedy Haha,
My goal now is to watch my grandchildren grow and have the same opportunities.
What I most look for in a friend is...
Honesty, trustworthiness and a sense of humour. Has to be a sticker through the bad and the good.
Something I will never part with is...
During my time in Papua New Guinea I was instrumental in saving the life of a baby boy. The family bestowed upon me their most treasured family heirlooms. Simple Kina shells and beads hundreds of years old and passed down through the family. At first I refused to take them but seeing the anguish that my refusal was causing them I did with humility accept them. Anyone else looking at these may think they were nothing special but to me they are priceless and my most treasured gifts because they were given from the heart. But the greatest reward was watching that baby grow and hearing him laugh.
A life lesson I will never forget...
That the sooner we learn to forgive, the sooner we will have a peaceful heart. It took me most of my life to learn this lesson, I am ashamed to say.
The worst part of getting older is...
The worst part of getting older is losing my short term memory… now what was the question? Seriously the worst part of getting old for me is worrying about the legacy we are leaving our children and future generations.
A writing lesson I learned the hard way is...
Never to publish something on a site that where you don’t have the ability to remove it and de-index it. I have a great many poems published on another site which I would love to have been able to delete. So that I could publish them here or even in an ebook/kindle. The unmentioned site has gone way downhill and one I don’t really want to be associated with any longer. I could close my account but my poetry would have to
My favorite movie, and why, is...
Has to be Ghost. I am just a sucker for romance
My favorite subjects and genres in reading are...
I love to read a good family saga. E. V. Timms Saga is one of my favourites. It is about early settlers and convicts that were sent to Australia. His characters are so real and vivid the reader is right there among them. The saga is also a good history lesson.
A subject or genre I’d like to read more about is...
The supernatural and paranormal, in particular people’s own experiences. I find the subject fascinating and would love to read stories of personal ‘happenings’.
The song that makes me want to pack up and leave the party is...
The Everly Brothers, Ebony Eyes. I cannot listen to this song without floods of tears.
Even four years later, I see much wisdom, life perspective and humor in Rosemary's responses. I am forever grateful for her impact and friendship in my life. And I ask you all to keep her in your thoughts and prayers for days of comfort and daily moments of joy.
Until next week, live your days joyfully and with appreciation,
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