Who is the Brightest Star in Texas?
- Favorite color - Aqua
- Favorite food - Anything fattening!
- Lucky Number - 8
- Middle Name - Anne
- What's your sign?
Astrological - Libra
Yard - Trespassers will be shot!
Photo from Old Lahaina Luau
Lela Cargill - Original (It's mine y'all)!
The videos and photos are all things Lela Cargill!
I can't tell you how many times I have read a book only to get to the end and I didn't understand something. Books don't talk back no matter how many questions you ask. That is one of the coolest things about Hub - you can ask the author questions or tell them how much you enjoyed their work!
There is a person behind the Avatar! I don't care if you think you are talking to a dog, frog or Brad Pitt - there is a real person writing those hubs and exchanging commentary. Being inquisitive, as I am, I decided to ask fellow hubber, Austinstar, if she would let me interview her so we can all get a peek inside of her life. You can tell by her hubs and the comments she writes that she is creative, sassy and knows lots of stuff!
If you haven't had to opportunity to see her work - wait until you have finished reading this hub and then you can go read her stuff! Austinstar has an eclectic collection of 120 hubs. That alone is pretty impressive but she is a real mixed bag of treats. An artist, photographer, writer and get this - she works in Immunohematology.
What's your name?
Pleased to meet you! Hope you can guess it.
(I warned you that she's got a little sass goin' on with her bad self.....) Her name is Lela Cargill.
I know that you live on a ranch in Austin, Texas but who do you live with and what is on your ranch? Animals or crops?
Every Texan lives on a ranch. It's what we do. I live with my husband, Bob, of 20 years. He's a yankee, but I don't hold that against him. I have 2.3 acres of land, a creek, dogs, cats, squirrels, raccoons, snakes, rats, spiders, scorpions and a few other critters.
p.s. - ranches are for animals, farms are for crops!
Where were you born? I know that you are Choctaw Indian but what is your Indian name?
I was born in TexIas, of course! My Choctaw name is Shikoba Humma (Red Feather).
What age were you when you discovered that you had so much artistic talent? Did you draw a lot as a child?
I was creative for as long as I can remember. I did not draw a lot as a child but I did practice looking at things very closely. I was myopic.
Did artistry come naturally for you or did you take classes to learn to draw?
I took a few classes to learn to draw and a few for photograpy. Then it was practice, practice, practice!
To see more art by Austinstar visit lelacargill.com
Oh yeah! The design on shirt I am wearing in the avatar was created by yours truly also!
How long have you been writing and do you write for any other internet web sites?
I've been writing since I was old enough to draw letters and string them together. I have always wanted to be a writer. It is amazing to me to be able to communicate by words. I do write on a few other sites, but I have focused on HubPages because of the freedom they give me to say pretty much whatever I want. Copy editors are a necessary evil, but I don't like them. I like the guidance on HP but they aren't so rigid.
Can you sum up your work history for us? What kind of jobs have you held?
At the age of 12, I left my dysfunctional family and struck out on my own. I was a waitress, a laborer at a farmer's market and a very young wife. After I finished growing up, at 22, I stuck out on my own again and worked at various odd jobs to put myself through school to be a Medical Laboratory Technician (lab tech). I graduated in 1974 and went into that profession. After a few years, I began to specialize in the Blood Bank Department (Immunohematology). I've been doing that for over 30 years now. It's a very narrow field and still in demand. I think mostly because people don't know so much about it. Working with blood seems rather complicated and sordid in some ways.
Did you enjoy school? What kind of student would you say that you were?
I enjoyed school, especially the English classes. I learned to read when I was 5 years old and became a voracious reader. I still read a lot. I was an honor student and always made A's (except in conduct - now who would have guessed?). I used to read the dictionary for fun! I dropped out of school in the 7th grade and didn't return until after my divorce from my first husband.
Was there an artist that inspired you in particular to become an artist?
My favorite artist by far is Georgia O'Keefe. I also love Frederic Remington and Leonardo DaVinci. There are tons of photographers that I love too, like Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Annie Liebowitz and many others.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies include making dream catchers, writing and photography.
What kind of camera do you use? Do you develop your own film?
I have developed my own film and even X-rays in the past. Now I go totally digital. I have a simple Kodak digital camera and I transfer al photos to Paint Shop as soon as possible.
I know that you lived in Mexico in the past and were a "Curandera." How did this come about? Do you speak Spanish?
I learned to speak Spanish and very nearly moved to that country. Mexican's are obsessed with their health and are always seeking this or that potion for what ails them. Medication and supplies are readily available in Las pharmacias in Mexico. No prescriptions needed. I knew a lot about infectious agents and parasites and was able to provide "cures" to obvious ailments. Then it got out of hand. American tourists were also asking me to get this drug or that drug for them and when the AIDS scare was in full bloom, thousands of people went to Mexico for "treatment". It didn't work.
After you left Mexico where did you go?
I moved to Hawaii in 1990 to take a short vacation before moving to Mexico and starting a new life there. I ended up meeting my soul mate in Hawaii and gave up all my plans to move to Mexico. We lived on the island of Maui and sometimes I miss it so much I could just cry. It's a beautiful place. Maybe the most beautiful on Earth. Not being as rich as Bill Gates or Stephen Speilberg, we had to give it up and choose a place on the mainland to move to. I was partial to Texas and Bob is a musician, so Austin was a natural place for us.
What is your idea of the perfect evening?
Ha! Can I spend time with Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)? Or talking to Einstein or reading the new Jack Reacher book? A perfect evening would be sitting on the beach, doing nothing at all.
If Drbj could resurrect anyone for one of her famous interviews, who would you like her to interview?
Einstein, of course. Or maybe the real Jesus.
What is your bank account number?
8675309. What's yours?
Now, let me ask you again folks, who is the brightest star in Texas?
Here's your night with Dwayne!
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