Things About Me That Aren't in My Biography

My Favorite Celebrity!

Isaac Asimov - Genius, Visionary, Writer
Isaac Asimov - Genius, Visionary, Writer | Source

My Physical Appearance

Who says 60 is the new 40? What a crock.
Who says 60 is the new 40? What a crock. | Source

Misconceptions About Me

We don't always see what we are supposed to see in the mirror. We more or less see what we want to see. Someone went to the trouble to write a post about me. She accused me of several things, none of which were even close to the real me. Apparently, she formed some pre-conceptions based on my bio here.

1. Yes, I am a Journalist - I worked hard to put myself through school so I could be like two of my heroes - my Dad and Dan Rather. Being a 'journalist' is not a bad thing. It just means I have had training on how to write.

2. I too was schooled on the street. I had alcoholic parents and I had to leave home at the age of 12 (in the early 60s - hippie times) - I supported myself from that day forward.

3. I am indeed an award winning writer - but the rewards are not lucrative, they are more like accomplishments. Most have been of the non-paying variety.

4. Whoa! - I am definitely NOT a "brown noser"! I am a liberal, left wing independent who calls it like I see it. I have anti-theist views similar to Isaac Asimov, Bill Maher, and George Carlin.

5. I am not rich now, although I was married to a rich man once. It wasn't worth it.

6. I have also been homeless and on the streets of the North Side of Houston. Not a pretty place. I have been through hell and managed to get out of it in my 60+ years of life.

7. I live very humbly, my current husband and I are both on a fixed disability income.

8. I tend toward editing (correcting people's grammar and such) sometimes because that is how I was trained. But, if you don't want my input, all you have to do is say so. You are also free to express your own views on your own hubs, but be mindful of the truth versus slander.

9. I respect that you graduated basic training in the military and thank you for your service. My goal, however, would be to end all need for wars and killing. So, I went to college instead of the military. I applied for military service once and was turned down for having flat feet and bad vision.

10. Yes, I have written for magazines and newspapers - but that does not make me special. Lots of people do that.

11. I did not grow up with a "silver spoon up my ass". I was surprised to see something like this when talking about me! (Yes, she actually said that).

12. Of course, I will come to the aid of victims being bullied. I would not stand around or look the other way. But the 'bullying' you are talking about is nothing more than standing up for my own beliefs. You have the freedom to ignore me. I won't hunt you down or anything like that.

13. I am also proud of what I have accomplished in my life. I EARNED my college degree. It was not handed to me. I worked full time to pay for my college tuition, and I paid every penny of it on my own.

14. I worked in the medical field for most of my life and I saved thousands, maybe millions of lives. I specialized in transfusion medicine and even did exchange transfusions for babies.

15. No one can do what you have done with your life. That is why we are individuals. I can't walk in your shoes and you can't walk in mine.

So, as an advisory to other people who assume things - just don't do it. Don't call people names, Don't insult them over the imaginary image you have in your head about people.

Actually, it's best not to insult people at all if you can help it. Of course, some people are WAY too sensitive. They take everything so personally.

One of my best paintings!

My favorite dog and my first 'painting' ever!
My favorite dog and my first 'painting' ever! | Source

These are a few of my favorite things:

  • I love dogs, cats, and horses - actually, I love all animals and the ASPCA is even in my will.
  • I love swimming, scuba diving, and all things wet. I used to live in Hawaii and Mexico and wanted to become a beach bum.
  • My husband is a talented musician and I love his music.
  • I love reading books! Lots of books
  • I love to write and really love it here at HubPages. I'm still working on my first novel.
  • Games I like to play: Scrabble, Dominoes, card games, puzzle games.
  • I love road trips and driving.
  • I like being the photographer, but not the photgraphee.
  • I like making dream catchers, but that is about the only craft I know.
  • I love painting and art, but I kind of suck at it.
  • I love to travel, but can't do much of that anymore.
  • I have always had a computer ever since they came out for public use. I'm a software nerd.
  • I love a good argument, so long as it doesn't escalate to anger.
  • My favorite months of the year are April and October.

Some things I don't much care for:

  • Religious beliefs that cause harm - the abuse of children most particularly.
  • Any abuse of an animal!
  • The aches and pains of growing older in a once vibrant body.
  • Terrible customer service that most companies provide, or don't provide as the case may be.
  • Annoying phone solicitors.
  • Insurance companies
  • Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac and the terrible skin rashes that they cause
  • Kidney stones and gout
  • Most Republicans, and quite a few Democrats, also almost all career politicians.
  • Wars and Ideologies that kill people.
  • Bigotry and Ignorance
  • Hatred and Intolerance

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Comments - Is there anything else you want to know about me? 24 comments

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Lady Guinevere 23 months ago from West Virginia

I know enough about you and yes I read that post of hers! I like you just the way that you are. You fought hard to just be on the planet and you love animals and those are all good things with me. I do not know about you but I find the very religious are the ones that do most of the harsh and uncalled for judging. I think that is pathetic. I am not sure what category that I fit in and I am sure you are happy in yours when it comes to a belief of some kind. I am not quite 60 years old but I am close enough to know what you are talking about with the age thing. I have also seen many of those righteous Christians are very young Christians. I am not saying that they are all young as in age, but young in as they are believing exactly what they are told and do no research at all. Heck they are told that they will go to that fiery place if they do....and what does that have to do with anyone else.... Converting and judging others and trying to shove their religion down others throats only make them look bad because they look like they are not confident in their own skin...which is very sad if you think about it.

HUGS if that is what you believe in. I like you just the way that you are.


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Austinstar 23 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Thank you Lady G! That person really surprised me with all her anger. I realize people don't really know me, but they really shouldn't assume things that are so far from the truth!


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Say Yes To Life 23 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

I am curious - where is this hub???


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Austinstar 23 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

It was at Bubblews, not here. The person that wrote it may be here on hub too. I haven't checked. She deleted it on Bubbs, then she had her account deleted there. But I don't know why she left there.


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Say Yes To Life 23 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Aw, shucks! I remember when you wrote on Bubblews the article, "Ten Facts About Austinstar." I responded with "Ten Facts About Say Yes To Life". I had no idea someone had written something inflammatory about you, but if it's who I think it is, it's just as well I didn't read it.


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WillStarr 23 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I sometimes disagree with you Lela, but you are still one of my most admired people here on HubPages.


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Austinstar 23 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Will, I'm glad you disagree with me! You keep me on my toes! And you aremy favorite storyteller.


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Austinstar 23 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

@SayYesToLife - I just checked to see if the person that wrote the Bubble about me was still here on HP and she is not. Last I heard, she got her disability and veteran's benefits approved and she said she was finally able to take care of herself again. But she also said she had cancer and it was terminal. So, I do hope that she survived and is doing better these days.


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NateB11 22 months ago from California, United States of America

Very interesting and well-said. I've seen you around HP and decided to check out your work.


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Austinstar 22 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Nice to meet you Nate.


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NateB11 22 months ago from California, United States of America

Nice to meet you too, Lela.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Lela, it was good to read more about you and what makes you tick. People are not always as they appear and it is easy to form a wrong opinion so it is best to read their bio or a hub like this so you understand them better before jumping to conclusions. Thank you for sharing this honest appraisal of yourself. I look forward to reading more of your hubs. Anyone who loves animals and scrabble is a friend if mine. I used to want to be a beach bum too. Voted up.


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Austinstar 22 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Thanks, Jodah. I wonder sometimes what makes me and other 'tick'. It's weird. We are all the product of nature and nurture and it's different every time.


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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

you had went through a lot of hardship that i haven't been, My respect to you.


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vocalcoach 19 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Hi Lela. So enjoyed reading about you and so sorry about your experience with this rude person on bubbles. I love your straight-forwardness along with your abhorrence (is this a word?) for animal abuse. I love animals and would adopt everyone of them if it were possible. I volunteer in an animal shelter and each one is a constant reminder of un-conditional love.

Thanks for giving me a joyful insight into the life of a wonderful woman.

Audrey


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Austinstar 19 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Hi vocalcoach - Thanks for the kind words. I have found through life that some people really like me , some just tolerate me, and others strongly dislike me. I really have no control over it apparently.

So, I am grateful for those that enjoy my words. Thank you for your kind words and yes, all animals seem to love me, so I love them back!


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Peggy W 19 months ago from Houston, Texas

So sorry that you had to read such an article. It is sad when people jump to conclusions because we are all complex human beings. My hubby and I are also fellow animal lovers and have a local animal charity in our wills as well. Nice learning more about you...and they are all things that count. Hope writing this made you feel better. I quit writing on Bubblews some time ago when they quit paying before a certain date or paid less than the amount due. Recently I deleted my account there, so I missed reading that article about you. Sounds like I did not miss much!


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Austinstar 19 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

No, you didn't miss much and shortly afterwards that person was banned from both hp and bubbles. Personally, i think she had some serious health problems.


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Emese Fromm 19 months ago from The Desert

Hi Lela, I'm glad I had the opportunity to read about you. So something good came out of whatever someone wrote about you. I am looking forward to reading more of your hubs. Obviously we share an interest in the Maya, Mexico, ancient civilizations, now I see that I feel the same way about animals, and I tend to agree with your views about other issues, too. I also wanted to be a journalist, but I grew up in a communist country where they didn't even have journalism as such in college. So I studied languages and literature instead. Anyway, I'm glad to "meet" you here, on HubPages. One of the benefits of being here is getting to know people like you.


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Austinstar 19 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

It's great to meet you too Emese! That is the best thing about HubPages! Our community.


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Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

This was so good to know a lot and more about you, Leia. Thanks for sharing a bit of your life and your hubs with us, here. Voted up for interesting!


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gmwilliams 18 months ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

You have indeed lived a quite interesting life. You are indeed remarkable, thank you for sharing. Keep fighting THAT FIGHT! I am too in my early 60s and REFUSE to say die until the VERY LAST MOMENT.


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Austinstar 18 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

I'm with you, Grace. Who wants to be prematurely dead? Lol!


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gmwilliams 18 months ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Age is merely a mindset, a psychology. I intend to be forever curious and engaged. Those who stop being curious and engaged are the ones who become.......OLD.

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