We humans are curious critters aren’t we? One of the things I love about meeting new people is discovering something we have in common. Realizing that got me thinking: What are things can I share about myself that would spark a fun, interesting conversation. In the spirit of sharing, here are a few of the things that come to my mind:

  1. Favorite TV shows as a toddler: Lawrence Welk and Star Trek. Least favorite: Mr. Rogers (I would yell at the TV when he was on).
  2. I was afraid of the “P” man in the ‘80s PBS logo.
  3. My first concert: Bobbie Vinton, the Polish Prince (This may explain my track record for dating several Polish guys . . . and marrying one).
  4. Age 6: I threw the first boy who kissed me into a snow bank after he did it. Today, he’s one of my longest-standing and most loyal friends (lucky for me he forgives easily).
  5. I rubbed elbows with two of the three This Old House hosts: Steve Thomas and Kevin O’Connor. Kevin’s twins were born on the same day and in the same hospital as my oldest daughter; we met him in the hallway of the hospital.
  6. Three years after I moved off campus, my husband lived on the same floor of the same dorm at UMass Amherst as I did (remarkable given the number of students and available residential options).
  7. I’m on a mission to rid the world of the word “utilize”.

Let’s keep the conversation going. What don’t we know about you? Leave a comment here or on Facebook.



  1. Jeannie Spiro on June 13, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Love this post Gayle! These are awesome.
    I was a middle school cheerleader which was funny because I’m one of the biggest klutzes around. I was also a Girl Scout through the 9th grade. For some reason they couldn’t kick me out…

    • prwriter on June 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Hi Jeannie,
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing. You mentioning the girls scouts reminded me of my many years in 4H. I can still recite the 4H motto after all these years.

  2. Heather Poduska on July 7, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    So fun getting to know you better Gayle. Sounds like you’ve had a lot of serendipity in your life! I’m not a fan of “utilize” either.

    What you may not know about me is that I coached the boys varsity volleyball team at the Concord Academy. I guess in a former life I was a quasi jock. Or maybe I just like to boss around men:)

    • prwriter on July 8, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Ha! Thanks for sharing Heather. An artist and an athlete; love it!

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