Welcome to the Sunday Interview and the theme is The Ultimate Bucket List.
In this interview series I would love to know what your top TWO items are on your bucket list and if you have not written one yet, then perhaps it is time to get your thinking caps on.
Here is more about how you can participate here:https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/new-sunday-show-interview-series-the-ultimate-bucket-list-a-test-run-with-sally-cronin/
My guest today is winner in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards, Luanne Castle whose first collection of poetry, Doll God, was published by Aldrich Press in 2015. Luanne’s poetry and prose are forthcoming or have appeared in CopperNickel, Phoebe, Story Shack, the museum of americana, Grist, Crack the Spine, The Antigonish Review, TAB, River Teeth, Lunch Ticket, The Review Review, and many other journals. Her latest book, a poetry collection Kin Types was released in August.
She has been a Fellow at the Center for Ideas and Society at the University of California, Riverside, and has studied English and Creative Writing at UCR (PhD), Western Michigan University (MFA), and Stanford University. She divides her time between California and Arizona, where she shares land with a herd of javelina.
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I will now hand over to Luanne to share her top two items on her bucket list and although not officially one of her top items.. I think that her father’s wish to have an empty bucket close to him is something that we should all consider.
For most of my life I’ve either gone a bit stupidly after what I most wanted or patiently delayed it until it was time. I never thought in terms of a bucket list. But that changed when my 86-year-old dad was dying from multiple myeloma and preparing for hospice. He instructed us to put an empty bucket on display at the funeral home for his visitation. He said to put a flower in it, but otherwise it was to be empty, signifying that he had completed everything on his bucket list and all that was left to do now was to die.
After Dad passed away two years ago, I started seeing the world in light of the possibility of a bucket list. Truthfully, I had been so blessed with a hard-working, caring husband and two wonderful children, as well as a measure of financial security and stability that allowed me to do some of the things that I wanted to do.
But, still, there is so much in the world.
- I want to visit Cleveland Amory’s Black Beauty Ranch in Texas to see the work of a fine animal rescue organization and to honor the memory of a great man, writer, and animal welfare warrior.
- I want to visit the villages where my ancestors lived in Europe.
- I want to go on a Napa winery tour with friends.
- I want to be involved in a major animal rescue if, God forbid, it was to become necessary near me.
- I really want to see my kids achieve successes for which they feel extreme pride.
But Sally asked for my top two, and said they had to be for me, just me, not for other people, not for the animals. I started mulling over what I really want to achieve before I kick the bucket. I’m sure that achieving a measure of success with my writing has to be near the top of my list. I’d like to win a major literary or book award without spending my retirement in contest fees. Or perhaps appear on the New York Times list. Nothing too big (haha), just an endorsement that says it matters that I wrote something. Nevertheless, I’ll tell you the truth. It doesn’t matter that much if this doesn’t happen because I really like trying to make a difference in this world on the small scale at which I have been living.
Number one on my bucket list extends into fantasy, but after seeing so many “science fiction dreams” turn into reality in the form of technology, I have hope that I may live long enough to time travel. For my travels, I have to be invisible. We’ve all read the books and seen the movies about what happens when people time travel and they interact with the people of the time period. I don’t want to travel to Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881 and get shot by lawmen before I even have a chance to change into the appropriate outfit. Or to wind up on the front line of a medieval battle without my chainmail and mace.
Perhaps this video Luanne might give you hope of achieving time travel… believe it or not. Uploaded by Fact Bits...
My second item on my bucket list is linked to the first – With my invisibility cloak (or however my secrecy will be assured), I’d love to hang around Henry VIII’s court and see for myself what the intrigue was like. Better yet would be Hatshepsut’s court when she ruled Egypt as Pharaoh. One monarch I’d love to see in action would be Queen Seondeok of Silla, in 7th century Korea, who initiated a renaissance in art and literature. I’d like to visit inside the homes of 17th and 18th century Dutch people, including my ancestors, living in towns in Zeeland and Zuid-Holland. I could learn more about how family members interacted with each other and how individuals comported themselves. In fact, I’d love to be that fly on the wall in homes all over the world in all historical periods!
Here is one of the Islands of Zeeland and the link to the regional tourist website – Perhaps that might help get you started on returning to where your ancestors came from Luanne.
Books by Luanne Castle
About Luannes recently pubished poetry collection – Kin Types
Kin Types is a collection of lyric poetry, prose poetry, and flash prose that imaginatively retells the lives of private individuals from previous generations. Using family history research, the writer has reconstructed the stories of women and men from Michigan to Illinois to the Netherlands. Read together, the pieces create a history of women dealing with infant mortality, vanity, housewife skills, divorce, secret abortion, the artist versus mother dilemma, mysterious death, wife beating, and a brave heroine saving a family’s home.
Two of the recent reviews for Kin Types
Emotional and gripping, Kin Types by Luanne Castle is a collection unlike anything I’ve ever read before. At moments heart wrenching, at moments disturbing, these powerful glimpses into the lives of the women and men from Castle’s family history will grab you right away.
While part of me hoped for more lighter moments, the reality is that our ancestors lived in dangerous, difficult times. Castle captures that reality so well with her poetry and prose. She writes a fascinating blog on family history at The Family Kalamazoo. Kin Types is a wonderful new way to bring those people to life for others.
A very interesting collection. I love how they are all so different. Some of them are poems some are more prose and some are thoughts or lists. Each one will touch a nerve, will reach into your heart. A few of these are sad and others are encouraging. You can almost picture some of this for your own family.
I really love the whole idea of the book. It’s like doing your genealogy or family tree/history in poems. And I am so glad that she wanted to share it with us!
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Luanne-Castle/e/B00SBX9JT6
Read more reviews and follow Luanne on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12756924.Luanne_Castle
Connect to Luanne Castle
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Luanne-Castle/e/B00SBX9JT6
Thank you for dropping in today and I am sure that you enjoyed Luanne’s bucket list as much as I have. It would be great if your could share.. Thanks Sally