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Meet DzyMsLizzy | A Self-Interview

Updated on September 20, 2015
Taken by my father on one of our camping trips.  I was about 10.
Taken by my father on one of our camping trips. I was about 10.

Meet DzyMsLizzy

Ho-ho! Availiasvision has issued a challenge to us Hubbers to interview ourselves. I have decided to respond to this challenge, so grab a seat, and hold on tight!

Below are the questions she has suggested be answered.

However, I'll throw in an added feature. I'm sure many are curious about my screen name. Well, at one point, I had to fit the name into a character-delimited field, so I had to take out all the spaces and vowels. It started out fully spelled out, as Dizzy Miss Lizzy, and was a stage name I chose for use with the comedy improvisation group, "Asylum," I was with for a few years.

Q. In the film version of your autobiography, who would you like to play yourself?

A. I think, Sally Field. She’s of a comparable age, and a very versatile actress, and I have many, many interests and have dabbled in a lot of different things.

Q. What quality or talent do you wish you could cultivate?

A. Hmmmm. This is a tough one. I’m going to say charisma. I’ve often found that no matter how I speak up in groups, no one hears or listens to my idea; I don’t seem to have that attention-commanding presence.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional character ever?

(I have to choose only one??? Not possible, sorry!)

A. That’s a tossup between a few of the characters from the various Star Trek incarnations, and Hank Morgan, the protagonist in the story, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

Q. If you could have the career of any author, who would it be?

A, Oh, that’s easy. It would be Lillian Jackson Braun, my favorite fiction writer of all time, who wrote a delightful series of mysteries, all beginning with “The Cat Who …”

Why? Because she was an "ordinary person" for many years, and began her writing career later in life.

Q. What inspires you?

A. A number of things: Classical music; peace and quiet; a summer’s day in the woods by a waterfall

Q. When did you first realize you were a writer?

A. That goes way, way back into my childhood. As a kid, I was painfully shy, and even as a young adult, it was uncomfortable for me to get up and speak in front of people. I found it much easier to express myself on paper.

And now, a Bonus!

The challenge hub included a clip from “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” in which various actors are interviewed, and all asked this same series of questions. I’ve decided to include them in my own challenge answer.

1. What is your favorite word?

Answer: Tough one, because I like a lot of words that are just fun to say, regardless of their meaning. I might have to choose something silly and arcane, such as “melcryptovestimentaphilia,” found in my hub, "Fun With Ridiculous Words."

2. What is your least favorite word?

  1. Answer: Snake. These creatures make me shudder and squirm; I hate even typing the word.

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

  1. Answer: A spellbinding movie or play; a summer day in the woods; a gathering full of fun and games.

4. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Answer: War and violence. Bigotry and hatred. Bad news; being ill; Things going wrong.

5. What sound or noise do you love?

Answer: The purring of a cat, or of multiple cats. Babbling brooks and waterfalls.

6. What sound or noise do you hate?

Answer: Fingernails on a chalkboard! Ugh! I cringe thinking of it.

7. What is your favorite curse word?

Answer: Most often used are ‘dammit,’ or ‘sonofabi**,’ though I’ve been known to drop a very creative variety of “F-bombs” in certain circumstances.

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Answer: Actress and Carpentry.

9. What profession would you not like to do?

Answer: EMT. I admire the folks who can do this, but I don’t think I have the stomach for some of the grisly scenes they must encounter.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Answer: Well, as an atheist, I don’t believe in heaven, but if I did come face-to-face with some deity, I don’t think I’d give them the chance to speak first. I’d say, “Excuse me, but you’ve got some explaining to do!”

Et Finis

And there you have it. Sassy, irreverent, fun-loving, silly: “Me” in a nutshell. And as the saying goes, “Anything that can be put into a nutshell probably belongs there." Yep. I’m a nut!

To read the original challenge, read Availiasvision’s Hub.


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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello MarleneB,

    Hee hee... that one gets a lot of people confused. ;-) My cutesy little 'trademark.'

    I know what you mean about the shyness being helped with writing. I'm most pleased that you enjoyed this self-interview so well. I thank you for your kind comment.

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    Marlene Bertrand 

    3 years ago from USA

    This was a lot of fun to read. I'm glad you started off with explaining the meaning of your name because I often wondered what it stood for. I'm glad to have learned a little more about you. I am rather shy myself and writing is my favorite form of communication. I am somewhat "invisible" to most people, so writing helps me to be heard. Thank you so much for sharing yourself with us.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi there, Glenn!

    Thanks very much. I'm delighted that you enjoyed this trip down Dizzy Lane!

    As for the questions, I just used the ones from the original, inspiring hub by Availasvision. ;) The questions are in place, all you have to do is answer them. So, as the saying goes, "Just do it!" ;-)

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    Glenn Stok 

    3 years ago from Long Island, NY

    Great work! I feel I really know you now Lizzy. It was enjoyable reading the questions and answers. As I was reading through this, I was thinking of questions I would use if I were to create a self-interview, which I think I will do too. But later when have some time to do it well. Yours was very creative and well done.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello there, Shyron--

    Thanks so very much for letting me know of the mention. I'll have to go check that out, for sure, and thank Kevin.

    Glad you enjoyed the trip through the labyrinth that is my mind. ;) Many thanks for the votes and share!

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    Shyron E Shenko 

    3 years ago from Texas

    Ms.Lizzy, I just dropped by to tell you that Kevin, (The Examiner-1) has you on his train in his poem, Come Follow Me From A to Z then started to read your fascinating self interview.

    Being a Logohile I had to read this.

    1. What is your favorite word?

    Answer: Tough one, because I like a lot of words that are just fun to say, regardless of their meaning. I might have to choose something silly and arcane, such as “melcryptovestimentaphilia,” found in my hub, "Fun With Ridiculous Words."

    Voted up, UABI and shared.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello there, ReviewsfromSandy;

    Thank you so much. I'm most pleased you liked my interview. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Sandy Mertens 

    3 years ago from Wisconsin

    Wonderful self interview. Glad to have read it and learned more about you.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, Peggy!

    Hee hee hee! Those were some fun years I had. Glad you enjoyed my introspective journey. Thanks much for the votes and share.

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    Peggy Woods 

    3 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I always wondered about the DzyMsLizzy name and now I know thanks to your self interview. The word melcryptovestimentaphilia is a doozy! Now I will have to discover the meaning. I enjoyed learning more about you. Up votes and sharing.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, shanmarie,

    Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed my interview. I hope you find the chance to read my hub on words. Cheers.

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    Shannon Henry 

    3 years ago from Texas

    Very interesting. We like.and dislike the same sounds. And your hub about words sounds interesting.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi there, cat!

    I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed my interview, and most pleased that you also like my other writing!

    I thank you for your kind words. We should meet sometime, by a waterfall! ;-)

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    Catherine Tally 

    3 years ago from Los Angeles

    Hello DzyMsLizzy! Thank you for sharing these things about you. I really enjoyed the closer look at the person behind the writing that I enjoy so much. Cat purrs, word games, and waterfalls, oh yeah! Love your quirky humor too:)

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thank you, PinoyMom; I'm glad you enjoyed reading this self-interview.

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    Shiela Gerona 

    3 years ago from Philippines

    Hi @DzyMsLizzy it's good to know you better on your self-made interview.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello there, lawdoctorlee,

    Nice to meet you. I'm glad you enjoyed this tour through my somewhat warped mind. ;-)

    I agree about waterfalls and creeks being so peaceful. But then, I am a Pisces, a water sign, so I have always been attracted to water and water play.

    It is indeed interesting to read everyone's interviews, and get to know our HP friends a bit better. May you have a happy and productive New Year!

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    Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 

    3 years ago from New York, NY

    Really good hub, DzyMsLizzy! Thanks for explaining the name :) That was the first question in my head when I saw it...hmmm I wonder where she came up with that idea? I, too, am inspired by the woods & waterfalls...I love going for hikes in a forest; and, if I come upon a waterfall, creek, or winding stream I feel like I got a little piece of heaven.

    So glad that Jen issued this challenge to us hubbers. It's been fascinating and entertaining to read everyone's stories.

    May the new year bring you many blessings. Wishing you much continued success.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, MelRootsNWrites--

    Thanks very much! I'm glad you enjoyed this hub, and my photo. (Well, my late father's photo, anyway--LOL)

    Lassen was in many ways our 'home-away-from-home' camping choice. We went to many of the national parks, but only Lassen got return visits.

    When I got to go again in 1987, on a geology class field trip, I was saddened to see many of the features we'd seen put in, in their "Mission 66" project at the Manzanita Lake campground, were gone, and the campground closed.

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    Melody Lassalle 

    3 years ago from California

    It was interesting to read your interview. I was so surprised to see your intro photo of Lassen Volcanic Park. We went there camping many times as children and I consider it one of my favorite places. Thank you for sharing!

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi there, Kevin!

    LOL--as I said, the meaning of the word comes into play less than the sound of it; the way it rolls off the tongue and through the lips.

    As for your suggestion about another hub--NO thank you! :-P

    Glad you enjoyed the read, and thanks for the vote and pin!

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    The Examiner-1 

    3 years ago

    That was interesting and a bit funny DzyMsLizzy. I wondered why you chose that name and now I know. That is a strange word to be your favorite - not because of its spelling or length but because of its meaning. Maybe you should write a Hub about snakes. That was an unusual interview but it had its high points. I voted it up, share and pinned it.


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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, SherriDW,

    I'm most pleased you enjoyed perusing my interview. I think you should go for it! You don't need to read more writing to take on interviewing yourself! You already know the answers. This was an easy one, and probably a good place to start!

    Best wishes!

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    3 years ago

    Thank you for the fun read. Someday maybe I'll feel I've read enough writing to be able to take on one of these challenges.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, mothersofnations,

    I'm glad you enjoyed my interview, but I'm afraid we'll have to agree to disagree. Have a blessed Solstice and Yule.

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    Mothers of Nations 

    3 years ago

    Interesting article. I enjoy learning about other people and found you through Availiasvision's challenge.

    What stood out to me most was your response to the question about Heaven, "Excuse me but you have some explaining to do!" LOL I found it a bit humorous -- but even more I just want to say the Lord does indeed exist and in Jesus' name I pray one day you'll know for yourself.

    Know that I respect everyone's choice to be who they are and I'm in no way condemning you for yours. With that, I look forward to reading more of your articles. God bless you...

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi there, jhamann,

    Thank you so very much! Pleased to meet you as well.

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    Jamie Lee Hamann 

    3 years ago from Reno NV

    Well DzyMsLizzy I am happy to have met you through this wonderful interview. Jamie

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, teaches 12345!

    Thanks! I would not even have thought of doing this, had I not read the idea in availiasvision's hub! I'm pleased you enjoyed the trip through my mind! ;-)

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    Dianna Mendez 

    3 years ago

    I love how you interviewed yourself, it was fun to read. I enjoyed learning more about who you are. You have such a great outlook on life.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, DrBillSmithWriter,

    Thank you so much for your comment; it's much appreciated, and I'm glad you enjoyed my interview.

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    William Leverne Smith 

    3 years ago from Hollister, MO

    Certainly sounds as though Sally Fields would be perfect for your movie! ;-) Thanks for sharing... ;-)

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, bravewarrior!

    LOL--no, I actually keep my fingernails cut very short. It is a sound I recall from school, and the boys seemed to delight in making that noise for the express purpose of seeing everyone cringe! Or sometimes, you get the same effect with a hard spot in a piece of chalk!

    Thanks much for stopping by! It is fun to meet new folks here!

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    3 years ago from Central Florida

    I love your favorite sounds, Dizzy Miss Lizzy! I have cats and love the sound of their purrs. I find it ironic that you and I chose the same sound as the one we dislike the most. I would assume you have long (natural) fingernails, as do I?

    This is a fun challenge. I'm glad to meet you!

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Oh, how sad, MizBejabbers! Your poor mother. That is such a horrid, unforgiving, relentless disease!

    Oh, yes; quite the interview. Hubby and I watch so many of the ghost shows, and the ones where they manage a communication using either flashlights or EMF meters, that the spirit can manipulate for "yes" or "no" are most interesting. But our complaint is, "They never ask the right questions!" LOL Like, "Is there really such a thing as heaven?" "How about aliens?" "Reincarnation?" THOSE are the answers I want! ;-)

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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 

    3 years ago

    Lizzy, I think my father was trying to communicate with me that my mother's cancer had recurred and she was dying. She fought colon cancer for 10 years and this was her third bout with it. But on the lighter side, if we had been able to actually communicate, I would have asked him if he was still an atheist (LOL), and why did he go that route in the first place? Being a former journalist, I would have tried to get quite an interview.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ MizBejabbers - Glad you enjoyed! Ha! How funny! I've dabbled in carpentry, both with construction and as part of the stage crew. I've done only minor acting--with the improv group--because I suck at memorizing lines, so improv is a perfect fit. I loved both! I also do proofreading on the side, so yes, I'm the proverbial "Jill of All Trades." LOL

    I wonder what your father wanted to say? That's very interesting. My hubby recently had a bad episode, and temporarily went flatline in the ambulance---he reports that he saw his father, telling him to go back as it wasn't his time.

    Thanks much for the votes!!

    @ Loreva13 -- Thank you very much for the kind words! I'm pleased you enjoyed the interview.

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    Lorenzo M Vasquez III 

    3 years ago from El Paso, TX

    Fun read! Thanks for giving us this entertaining self-interview. It was a delightful glimpse into who you are and your personality shined!


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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 

    3 years ago

    What a fun hub, I like it! As I read your last questions and answers, I had to laugh. I've tried both acting and carpentry, and I'll say I'd rather write -- or edit as the case may be in my job. I think you have a cute online name. By the way, my atheist father has tried to contact me from the great beyond. I wonder what he wants to tell me? Voted up++

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ PegCole17- Thank you very much! "...bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens..." ;-) Loved that movie--saw it like 7 times when it was still in the theaters!

    @ Gypsy Rose Lee -- Thanks much for the votes! Glad you enjoyed this tour of me. ;-)

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 

    3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Voted up and interesting. Nice to get to know you. Thank you for this delightful interview.

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    Peg Cole 

    3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Loved this insightful glimpse into what makes you DzyMsLizzy. I love Sally Fields, too. And your favorite things are delightful. "Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens..."

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, there, catgypsy!

    Thank you so very much for the compliments! I'm delighted you enjoyed my interview and "peek inside."

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    3 years ago from the South

    MsLizzy, what a great hub! I love your personality and are a very fun person with a great attitude. Thanks for letting us get to know you better!

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, Mary! How nice, indeed. I enjoyed your interview, as well. Thanks much for your kind words. I say 'sassy' is the best way to get through this world! ;-)

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    Mary Craig 

    3 years ago from New York

    How nice to sit and chat with you. Each of us has so much to tell and trying in this manner is both fun and interesting. I like your "sassy" attitude dear lady.

    Voted up, funny, and interesting.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi there, Availiasvision! I did not see a prior comment, and yes, HP had some issues earlier; I had trouble even getting in, with a "webpage cannot be displayed" message!

    I'm delighted that you liked my take on the challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by and giving your feedback! Cheers 'backatcha!'

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    Jennifer Arnett 

    3 years ago from California

    I really don't know if my last comment went through. Hp had an issue and froze. Very well done. I love how you added in the Inside the Actor's Studio questions. Sally Field is an excellent choice. I also love how you explained your screen name. Cheers!

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    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ Bob Bamberg -- LOL--I’m noticing more and more people with the same sort of reaction to “#10.” And to be 100% honest, I ‘stole’ that comment from my husband. I had the same general idea, but he’s the one who put it into words. However, his version was more like, “Dude! You got some ‘splainin’ to do!” Thanks for the votes; glad you enjoyed this excursion.

    @ CatherineGiordano -- Thanks, it is fun to get to know the other writers here. I plan to read the other contributors myself. And I do like your Christopher Hitchens quote. Never heard that one before.

    @ billybuc -- Thanks, Bill. I’m glad you liked this interview. I look forward to reading yours.

    @ word55 -- Thank you very much for the compliment. I’m pleased you liked my interview.

    @ annart -- LOL I think a certain amount of “nosiness” is built into the human genome. How else would you account for peoples’ fondness for idle gossip, celebrity “scandals,” and the like? Except I think most of the populace prefers to screen it under the less-offensive-sounding term of “curiosity.” Thanks for the visit and comment; I’m glad you enjoyed.

    @ AliciaC -- You are most welcome! Word play has always been a favorite pastime of mine. So pleased that you liked my ‘reveal.’

    @ MsDora - Well, thank you, thank you, thank you very much! I’m flattered, and delighted you so liked the trip through my mind.

    @ sallybea -- I’m sure you can do it! Your recent hub revealed quite a bit, and I’m sure this interview would be less emotional and more fun than writing about your early childhood was. I look forward to reading about the things you enjoy. I’m pleased that you enjoyed my attempt at revealing the ‘real me,’ even though I’m pretty sure that who I am keeps changing! LOL

    @ FlourishAnyway -- Thanks! I'm glad you liked this; it was fun and a wee bit challenging to do. Some of those questions were things I'd not considered much, and had to really weigh in with myself on where I stood. Glad to know you are also a cat lover! ;-)

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    3 years ago from USA

    What a terrific challenge and an entertaining self-interview. I enjoy the occasional eff-it too, and love the sound of multiple cats purring.

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    Sally Gulbrandsen 

    3 years ago from Norfolk


    How nice to meet the real DzyMsLizzy - I enjoyed reading this and though I saw the challenge I have not risen to it yet. I am still wondering if I have the courage to venture outside of my box:) Well done!

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    Dora Weithers 

    3 years ago from The Caribbean

    DzyMsLizzy, you are very charming, witty, creative lady. Both your questions and answers are interesting. Thanks for the treat.

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    Linda Crampton 

    3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Thanks for sharing this information, DzyMsLizzy. It makes an interesting and enjoyable hub. Thank you for teaching me a new word, too!

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    Ann Carr 

    3 years ago from SW England

    A fun hub, full of interesting information and anecdotes. It's always great to know a little more about those who write here as it gives an all-round view of the person. Or maybe that's just an excuse for being nosy?!

    I enjoyed the read, thanks.


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    3 years ago from Chicago

    Well DzyMsLizzy, very interesting interview. I appreciate learning more about you. Being a writer of your calibre is a true gift. Keep up the good work!

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    Bill Holland 

    3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I love this challenge and I loved learning more about you. I'll be taking the challenge next week. Anyway, thank you for these glimpses into who you are.

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    Catherine Giordano 

    3 years ago from Orlando Florida

    So nice to get to know you better. At the Pearly Gates, I'd say what Christopher Hitchens sais he would say, "If you want us to believe in you, why didn't you give us better proof." We are a lot alike.

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    Bob Bamberg 

    3 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

    Fun hub, Lizzy, nice getting to know you. I particularly appreciated your answer to Number 10 in the "bonus round." I'm an agnostic and would have had pretty much the same reaction upon arriving at the Pearly Gates. Voted up, funny and interesting.


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