Brittany Powell: A fish named Elizabeth Taylor.
Sue Anderson: Icarus (Icky for short), a baby squirrel who fell from his nest,
seemingly the sky. And there was Dibble, another baby squirrel, who plummeted nose-first from her tree, doing a nose plant.
Lisa Smith: Blu for my bright orange cichlid (fish). Burt was my garter snake’s name instead of a scary snake name. My hamster was named after my dad George. The calico cat God sent me after praying for her every night when I was 5 was named Cat then Momma Cat for obvious reasons.
Robin Holt: Miniature black and tan dachshund — Phantom Regiment — after my favorite drum and bugle corps. We called him Phantom.
Betty Bergen: Our range-fed cows — Chuck and Stew. Named for their destiny.
What is the worst movie of all time?
Donna C. Davin: “Glitter”
Judy Williams: “Space Odyssey 2001.” It was the most boring movie I ever sat through!
Casey Nash: “Shark Bite” ... the new movie just came out on 3D. Definitely not worth the money or the time spent watching it!
Dana Czekalla: “Exorcist” ... I still have nightmares about that movie.
Claudia Oakes: Hands down it’s “Plan 9 From Outer Space.” I urge everyone to see it. I once sent a copy as a gift to a friend in Chicago without telling him I was doing it as a joke and that it is so wonderfully awful. I could tell he simply didn’t know how to respond or what to say. I led him along long enough that he figured it out.
If you could go on a road trip with any person (dead or alive), who would you choose, and where would you go?
Alice Williams: Joyce Meyer. I wouldn’t care.
I’d just love to spend days with her and talk. She inspires me!
Nancy L. Smith: Low Country South Carolina with Pat Conroy.
Tannika King: I would go to the beach with my five best friends. We have done several beach trips over the years, but all six of us have never been able to go. Maybe next summer ...
Carmen Acevedo Butcher: That’s easy. I’d pick Julian of Norwich because no matter what happened — whether flat tire, food poisoning or ill-functioning GPS — she’d have equanimity of soul, often reminding me: “All will be well, and all manner of things will be well.” Plus, I think she’d love to see Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon. I’d love to see them with her and then drink tea together!
Carol L. Grajzar: Since it could be anyone, and I choose Robert Redford, who cares where we go?
Dana Davis: May I make that a fictional person? Because traveling with Auntie Mame would be a hoot.
Lacy Clack: Huck Finn and George Lopez to the Knoxville Zoo.
Julie O. Allen: We lost my Dad to Alzheimer’s when I was in my early 30s. I never got to know him as a grown person as his illness had already stolen him away. I would love to take a road trip with him to all the iconic American places — the Grand Canyon, the redwoods in the Pacific Northwest. Philadelphia and Washington, D.C, the prairies and desert, Mount Rushmore. He was an Army vet and a true patriot. It would mean the world to me to experience those places with him and to converse with him the whole way.
Gena Agnew: Katherine Hepburn on a road trip across the United States. She has always been my idol — a bit of a tomboy, great sense of humor, style, class and an incredible spirit of adventure. Oh the things we would see, the things we would do.
Denise Powers: Ireland with my great-grandfather Patrick.
What really gives you the creeps?
Kelli Karanovich: Feeling as though I’m being watched when no one is there disturbs me.
Heather Seckman: Snakes – even typing it gave me the creeps.
Marlene Pyle: A hair in my food. There’s nothing worse. Well, at least I used to think so until I read about the chocolate pie incident in “The Help.’”
Catherine Ragan: Those grey cave crickets. I am convincedthey will jump on you and take you out!
Barbie Lee: Baby corn creeps me out. Basically I see it as embryonic corn.
Janice Williams: Snakes, bugs, spiders
Connie Payne: Pan-handlers
Mimi Thompson: Old men who try to look/act as if they are half their age.
Natalee Staats: Vegetables in my soup.
Dru Fowler: Coffee breath and fanny packs give me the creeps. A person with both is unbearable.
Amber Chatfield: Saliva grosses me out ... big time!
What is your most cherished childhood memory?
Julie Henderson: I asked Santa for just Christmas cards. My Mother gave our address, and Santa told everybody he saw and gave our address. Mother said I got hundreds of Christmas cards that year.
Tequila Smith: Making buttermilk biscuits and cornbread with my grandmother.
Lisa Smith: My brother and I began to question Santa. My parents arranged for a special visit during supper. We first heard taps on the rooftop (reindeer) ... then the jingle of bells ... then in comes Santa himself! I don’t know that we said anything. Just sat with our mouths opened!
Louvonia Johnson-Boone: Taking daily walks with my grandmother, and she always had a piece of peppermint candy in her apron pocket for a cherished treat. (I inherited that apron.)
Kristina Wilder: Going for rides in the country with my mawmaw and pawpaw. I know that sounds silly, but with gas cost being so high now, you can’t go for rides like you used to. Pawpaw always had those huge, old cars with bench seats, and he would drive us all over the county, and we would always yell “Cow!” when we saw one. Pawpaw always smelled like Juicy Fruit gum. The windows were always rolled down. It is something I barely remember, but it chokes me up when I think about it, so I hold onto it. I also remember staying with my other mawmaw and how her kitchen would always smell like heaven must. She could cook and sew better than anybody I’ve ever met. She loved to read like me, so she always let me nose around in her old bookshelves. I found my first Nancy Drews in her house.
What is the funniest prank played on you or played by you?
Dianne Stansberry: I played it on my husband. When we received the new cable box, I had another remote that he didn’t realize we had. I would stand behind him changing the channels, messing with the volume etc. It was driving him nuts! This went on for weeks. My kids cracked up. He kept saying our television was going out, and we were gonna need a new one!
Ann Arnold: My husband was emceeing an event and was introducing his wife, and as he made nice comments about his supportive bride, I ask an elderly lady sitting in front of me to stand up when he finished. It was great, the crowd laughed for what seemed like 10 minutes before she sat down, and I stood and waved. We still laugh about that one.
Eva Marie Kelley Burns: I did a study abroad in Italy during college and one of my friends loved to use bad language. We found out the Italian words for private parts of the body — and we told her they meant your basic cuss words. She used these words for over a month! She would come back with stories about how Italians did not use bad language because they all reacted so surprised. Finally, a sweet Italian man told her what she was saying ... and we laughed for years!
Scharla Battle: I worked for a doctors office and would call patients back to see the doctor. So the ladies and physicians did a fake patient chart with the name Alfred Koholic and they said he goes by Al. So I go out in the full waiting room and call out out “Al Koholic” several times, and everyone started laughing. One gentlemen said, “I have been sober for two years.” I just about crawled under the furniture, and then I turned, and the entire office staff and doctors were standing there laughing. Good prank but oh so embarrassing!
What is the most outrageous thing your child has ever said or done?
Jeanette Sanders: I have no children of my own, but I had a cousin that was over at my mother’s house, and I had made a chocolate mousse. I asked him if he would like to have some, and he said yes. He then asked me who killed the moose?
Jayne Diggs: While attending a summer youth retreat, my son filled a chocolate éclair with shaving cream and gave to his youth minister.
Debbie Burnett: When she was little she would always sneak and eat cookies and then say she had no idea who did it. (Usually it was the leprechaun.) One day I asked her who ate the cookies and she said it was the neighbor. I punished her for blaming this on someone else. As it turned out, the neighbor really had eaten the cookies!
Jamie Bennett: “For real momma, tell me where babies grow? And don’t say the stomach, because I know the acid in our stomach would kill a baby!” asked by my daughter when she was about 5 years old — while I was driving.
Karen S. Smith: We used temporary tattoos as potty training rewards. Recently, Grady, my 4 year old, and I saw a teenager that had both arms covered in tattoos. Grady said, “He has a lot of tattoos. He must have pooped in the potty a lot of times.”
If you were running for office, what would your campaign slogan be?
Melody Terry Noyes: Hell on Heels
Paige Sharp Bennett: Actions speak louder than words, and I can be loud!
Frances Herron: With God and Love, everything is possible.
Janet Byington: Either “Janet Byington will get the job done or die trying” or my personal favorite from the past, “Janet Byington is a work horse, not a show horse. “
Shauna Sharp: Vote Smart Vote Sharp!