MEME, MYSELF, & I or 5 Things About Me You Need to Know ????

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                              I have been Meme'ed by Eleanor Thorne.

Now, according to the RULES, I must divulge 5 things you don't know about me.  Since I am fairly new to Active

Rain, this shouldn't be too difficult.

No. 1  I grew up on a small farm just outside the village limits of a very small town, pop. 700, here in western

Michigan.  We had a Holstein cow which I learned to milk. holstein cow on bonnie westbrook real estate blogWe had in fits and phases, banty chickens, a sheep, a

 goat, calves to keep the cow fresh, and always dogs. I had  several horses but

one, Kayto, a gentle Morgan/Tennessee Walker, was the love of my youthful life. 

 I have cherished memories of riding her around the  countryside with my other

horsey pals. She was 17 hands high and I was a shrimp.  I had to put the saddle

 on my head, upside down,  and toss it up on her back to get her saddled.   I

have mucked out horse and cow  stalls and know the responsibility of owning


 no milk sign bonnie westbrook real estate blog


No. 2  Ironically, since my parents never let me drink "pop" or Kool-aid when I

was growing up (not when we had 4 gallons of milk a day to drink). I am now

allergic to milk and all milk products.  Not lactose intolerant,

ALLERGIC like 12 on a scale of 1-10.


No.3.  I LOVE ALL THINGS ESOTERIC.                                                   natal chart bonnie westbrook real estate blog

   I have studied astrology, 

handwriting analysis, New Age philosophies, feng shui,

 and I am still investigating the wisdom of the ages.




 No. 4  I am and have always been an obsessive reader. I usuallystack of books bonnie westbrook real estate blog have 3-4 books in process all over the house.

When our children were still home and I had very little time for myself,

I would  get up an hour earlier to read before  the daily whirlwind began.

 If you know me, getting up early is not on my Top 10 list.  I like to stay

up till 1 or 2 AM and sleep in until 8 or 9 AM.


No. 5   I have been a volunteer literacy tutor for the past 14 years. I have

tutored adult students that cannot read English.    My first student was a

young man with a  family and a janitorial job. He had graduated from high

school but could not read or write coherently above a first grade level.  We

worked together for 3 years. When we finished,  he was reading at a ninth grade level and was taking a boiler

test so he could get a better job as a janitor at a local school.   His dream come true. 

tutor with student bonnie westbrook real estate blogFor the past years, I have been working with English as a Second

Language  students.  This is the most rewarding work I have ever

done.  People who are illiterate live in a very narrow, danger filled

world.  They cannot read maps, navigate street signs, fill out

application forms, read memos or notes from their boss.  They

 are particularly vunerable in a legal or medical situation.  Many

people are functionally illiterate in this country, for  myriad 


 If you have ever thought about being a literacy tutor, DO IT!  

                 You will affect lives in a profound way.

That's it!! Assignment completed. 

  If you like to skip to the end and not read the complete post,  here's the Cliff's Notes:

  • I am a small town girl, can milk a cow, but can't drink cow's milk, can do a natal chart, can read a book, and can teach someone else to read a book.


 Now the three comedians people I choose to Meme:

Dave D. because I want to know a little bit more about what goes on behind the smiley face and he is funny!

Karen Webster because she is my friend, a terrific wit, and I want AR to get to know her.

Kathleen Elim because she has a warm, fun-loving personality and more people should be reading her. We miss

 you, Kathleen!

So, when you  finish your Meme post assignments, leave a comment on Lucky Lang's MeMe Tutorial Post with

the link and choose 3 people you would like to MEME.


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Eric Webster
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI, Five Star Realty
The world definitely needs more people like Bonnie, she's the coolest!
Dec 24, 2007 08:35 AM #2
Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Ada, MI
Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Tom:  Good thing I don't live in Wisconsin, hey! No cheesehead for me.

  Eric: Thanks for the compliment.

Dec 24, 2007 02:14 PM #3
Karen Webster...Grand Rapids, MI Realtor
5 Star Real Estate, Grand Rapids MI - Grand Rapids, MI
Alrighty, Bonnie.  I'm done.  Thanks for choosing me.  Tell Terry it's his turn.
Dec 24, 2007 02:54 PM #4
Robert L. Brown - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
Nice thing to know about someone. Thank you for sharing. Merry CHRISTmas.
Dec 24, 2007 11:34 PM #5
Lucky Lang
Premiere Plus Realty Marco Island - Marco Island, FL
Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate


That's weird that you drank all the milk you could growing up and now can't touch it. 

I have now listed your meme in my alphabetical meme list.  Check it out when you get a chance.

Merry Christmas!

Lucky :)

Dec 25, 2007 01:21 AM #6
Quakertown, PA
e-PRO, Realtor - Bucks County PA - 610-952-3578

Very interesting to ready the items about yourself.  Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Dec 25, 2007 01:33 AM #7
Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Ada, MI
Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Karen: Wow! You sure popped that out quickly. At home with nuthin' to do? I've been agonizing for a few days about what is fit to print.

Robert: Thanks for the comment. Merry Christmas to you too. You were up early this morning! Opened your presents already??

Dec 25, 2007 06:44 AM #8
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Bonnie, What an interesting MeMe.  I loved number 3, I became interested in Western Astrology when I was 17 and used to do charts myself.  It's difficult to write these MeMe's, I think I've done 3 and got tagged for another one (which I'm putting off :)  Happy Holidays!
Dec 25, 2007 08:49 AM #9
Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058
WOW!  You've lived in a great part of the world!  How interesting!
Dec 26, 2007 03:15 AM #10
Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Ada, MI
Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Lucky: Thanks for adding me to THE LIST and commenting on my post. Yes, no milk was hard to get used to but I am an expert at avoiding it now.

Carole: Thanks for visiting, it must be difficult to come up with new ideas for a meme after the first one. I look forward to reading yours.

Eleanor: We like West Michigan. I have been to many places but this is one of the most beautiful to me.

Dec 26, 2007 10:04 AM #11
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
I knew all that stuff. For a small fee I can tell more and yes I do have photos.
Dec 27, 2007 10:21 PM #12
Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Ada, MI
Grand Rapids MI Real Estate
You are up way too early to be making veiled threats or thinking of blackmail.
Dec 28, 2007 04:36 AM #13
Peggy K.
Grand Property Virtual Tours - Buffalo Grove, IL
Illinois Virtual Tour Provider and Real Estate Photographer
Bonnie, I always thought growing up on a farm would be great.  Quite an interesting list, and what a great idea the meme posts are.  I look forward to reading more.
Dec 29, 2007 12:34 PM #14
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Bonnie, GREAT MEME!  I love your writing style as well as what you shared.  I think it is wonderful that you teach reading.  I'm so glad I found you!

Dec 30, 2007 12:46 AM #15
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
Bonnie--Great meme! I love to read as well...How rewarding to share your love of books by assisting others to read.
Dec 30, 2007 01:09 AM #16
Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Ada, MI
Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Peggy K :   Thanks for commenting. I enjoy reading others meme's too. Such variety! Yes, farm life is wonderful in many ways.  I miss some aspects a lot, others--not so much.

   Thanks, Diane, I enjoy reading your posts as well. AR has opened my life to friends I never would have found on my own.

Dec 30, 2007 02:12 AM #17
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
Bonnie - I studied handwriting analysis and astrology as well and used to do natal charts for my friends.  It's wonderful that you are doing literacy tutoring.  It sounds wonderfully fulfilling.  I wish I had seen your meme before I wrote my own.  It would have given me a guide as to what to do.  Very nicely done meme.  I feel like I know you better.
Jan 02, 2008 11:02 PM #18
Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Ada, MI
Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Teri:  Thanks for the comment. Literacy tutoring is a very worthwhile endeavor for anyone.


Gail: Thanks for visiting. I felt you were a kindred spirit. Your meme was great! Loved the family pics.

Jan 03, 2008 02:31 AM #19
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Bonnie...still in the process of going back to read posts from some of my favorite Raindrops.  Just saw that you had MeMe'ed me way back on Christmas Eve.  Thank you.  I will do it as soon as I can.

Now, this was a very good post.  I'm impressed and heartened to learn of your work with literacy tutoring. 

Many thanks for your kind words. 



Feb 04, 2008 03:27 PM #20
Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Ada, MI
Grand Rapids MI Real Estate
Kathleen: Glad to see you are back. Literacy tutoring is very rewarding, both personally and for your community.    Looking forward to reading your Meme whenever you get it done.
Feb 11, 2008 11:43 AM #21
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