Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sharon Randall Today's Assignment: Name 10 Interesting Facts about Yourself

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sharon Randall Today's Assignment: Name 10 Interesting Facts about Yourself

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I get a lot of odd requests. This was the first of its kind.

In September, I'm to speak in several places in Indiana, including an elementary school in a small town called Hope. Usually, I speak to grown-ups, not children. Grown-ups are less demanding. If you bore them, they may heckle you or start to snore. But they're not likely to start pinching each other.

Still, I've had vast experience with children. Mostly good. On the whole, while my own three often tried to convince me otherwise, I like children a lot.

Imagine my surprise to get a request for "10 fun/interesting facts" (about me) to be shared with the children of Hope Elementary prior to my visit.

Ten? Really? OK, I'll try:

1. I grew up running barefoot in the mountains of North Carolina, squishing snails with my toes, catching lightning bugs in jars and jumping over snakes. My teachers said I was a writer. They also said I was chatty and lazy. I liked writer best.

2. I raised my children on the coast of Northern California, wading in tide pools, turning blue from the cold and watching whales spout offshore.

3. I now live in the desert outside Las Vegas, floating in the pool late at night, listening to coyotes howl at the moon.

4. I am married to a man who is an editor by profession and a bass player/rock star by heart. I have a brother who was born totally blind and insufferably stubborn, and a sister who once tried to shoot me with a real gun just because I poured a Pepsi down her pants.

5. I have three children: two teachers and an actor. My daughter teaches reading. My youngest teaches third grade at the school where he went to third grade. And my oldest is not a real doctor, but he played one on TV. He's also not a policeman or a vampire or a bad guy of any kind, but he has played all those things, too.

6. I have four grandchildren. Randy is 4. Henry and Charlotte are nearly 3. Wiley is going on 2. They call me Nana. I wish you could see them. When they visit, I let them do as they please. …

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