Monday, June 4, 2012

Armchair BEA--get to know me! Rhonda


ARMCHAIR BEA Blog Interview with blogger: Rhonda Gayle Nash-Hall


                                                                                              photo courtesy of nina of nina reads

  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?  I am a 50-yr. old retired teacher, on disability due to health problems.  I have always loved reading and taught my daughters to love it too.  I have 3 grown daughters, 4 grown stepchildren, and 11 stepgrandchildren.  I have just been blogging a few months and got into blogging due to my love of reading and writing, and free books and connections with authors.  :)
  2. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.  I started teaching at age 11 when I served as a substitute Sunday School teacher in my small Baptist church.   I also helped teach Bible School every summer from that age.  My first marriage, I eloped and married on prom night at Va. Tech's chapel.    We kept it secret for a year and then announced it on our first anniversary which happened to occur on Easter Sunday!   met my 2nd hubby (celebrating 7 years this Wed.) on match.com!   he said he was a "Virginia gentleman" and he is...he arrived with a dozen yellow roses for our first date at Olive Garden and laid a kiss on me right there!   woww!!   
  3. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?   My Interview with Author, Jerry Eicher!!   Read it!  LOL 
  4. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?  This is a very difficult question, but I think I would love to eat dinner with Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz as it was such a magical story.  I like to hear all about the beauty of Oz as well as the frightening things she endured.
  5. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?   The Swiss Alps and Grandpa's cottage from Heidi.   I have wanted to go there ever since seeing the movie when I was very young.   
 my youngest daughter, Amanda Gayle and me, Rhonda Gayle
 me on subway in D.C. headed to dinner with BIL and SIL at National Press Club, taken by Amanda 
 Hubby and I at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, NC, photographed by EdgeSPhotography
 Middle Daughter, Alison's beach wedding to Heath, with me and both her sisters: Amanda & Erica
 Mr. & Mrs. Harry Hall, married on June 6, 2005
 Daughter, Alison, and I, coloring Easter eggs with her adorable stepson, Brennan
Me with my newest baby girl, Cocoa, our little chocolate sable Pomeranian--ahhh! isn't she sweet???  

38 comments:

  1. Great post. I met my second husband on match.com too. I also had a Pomeranian. I love them because they have no idea that they are little dogs.

    Here's a link to my intro - http://www.spiritblog.net/?p=4319

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  2. Hi Heather, I'm going to go check out your intro at your blog too. haha, Poms are just so sweet!

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  3. Your family is beautiful! Such a blessing! Heidi was one of my favorite books as a child. I used to renew it from the library constantly because I didn't want to give it back!

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    1. Hi Leonicka, thank you for stopping by ! Heidi is a delightful book! heartwarming story!

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  4. Love that you included so many photos in your intro post! I look forward to seeing your around during Armchair BEA!

    By the way, I think it is great that you posted about meeting your hubby on Match.com. I have been single a long time and am a lot scared of doing the online thing!

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    1. Marg, you really should try the online dating. Just be careful and talk a lot before you meet and then meet in a public setting and let someone else know where you are! my neice met her hubby on match.com after we had success and they have a delightful little one now!

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  5. A picture is worth a thousand words...what a great idea to post those! And, WHAT a beautiful family too...including, of course, the pups!

    Good to meet you!!

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    1. yes, love pictures and love my little pup! Cocoa is a delight!

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  6. Love the photos! Dorothy would be a fun dinner companion - I'm sure her firsthand account of Oz would be interesting!

    Pleased to meet you, and thanks for stopping by my Armchair BEA Intro Post.

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    1. yes, Dorothy would be full of interesting tales, I'm sure!

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  7. Great pictures :) Happy Armchair BEA to you, hope you have a great week.

    Love the dinner answer, it would be pretty great to hear Dorothy's stories and all the gossip from Oz.

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    1. Becky B., yes, would it not be fun to get to have a huge banquet with all our favorite book characters? that would be awesome!! a book character convention, perhaps!

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  8. Love your pictures! My niece is a great fan of Heidi and I have also enjoyed watching the movie and the series when I was younger.

    Have a great week.

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    1. thanks, Sabrina, my 3 daughters and I all take many many pictures! I think Heidi is a wonderful story. enjoyed reading the books with my daughters.

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  9. So nice to meet you Rhonda! You have a beautiful family and thank you for including pictures; it's nice to see what people look like!

    ~Kailia

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    1. Kailia, thank you! I love pictures and my family! what is the origin of your name? it is lovely!

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  10. I was already here - LOL! Came back cause you are a fellow Oz enthusiast!

    I am your newest follower!!

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    1. Libby, lol, I did that too, went to some blogs repeatedly as I skipped in the list so as not to leave off those on bottom of list. Did you read the Oz sequels? REturn to Oz? and can't recall other title. they were quite interesting and little known to folks.
      My daughter and I read it together when she was only 6 or 7 so it has special sentiment to me!

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  11. ooh I love your answer to the character dinner question! Dorothy would be very interesting indeed and the Swiss cottage sounds lovely. Nice to meet you!

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    1. Elena, thanks, I love the idea of being snow bound in a Swiss cottage with a roaring fire in fireplace, a good stack of books, hot cocoa, coffee, tea, and lots of homemade Swedish rolls! hmmmmmm

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  12. Oh, I'd LOVE to meet Dorothy!! That would be amazing! :) Also, the pictures of you and your family are adorable!

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    1. thank you, Daisy. I'd like to meet her friends, too, the tin man, scarecrow, lion, and Toto of course!

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  13. Beautiful family and you have to love a man who shows up with flowers on the first date.

    Hope you have a great week!

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    1. thanks, Ryan, and you're right....it was quite hard not to love a man who appeared with flowers for the first date! plus he had a beard, which I am quite partial to!

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  14. Hello Rhonda! It's nice to meet you. It would be really neat to have dinner with any of the characters from Wizard of OZ, I love your answer!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my intro post :)

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    1. Hi Rachelia, I am just getting around to replying to the comments from earlier in the week. Oz is just a beautiful place and would love to lay in the field of poppies! and take pics there of course! lol

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  15. Ohh, I totally love the sound of your second hubby! That's so sweet. :D I worked some in my church with the children there as well after my Confirmation.

    Nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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    1. Hi Rebecca, yes, he is a sweetie pie! love working with children of all ages!

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  16. So cool that you met your husband online!!! Love the pictures. You both (and your kids) look so happy.

    Dorthy would be so fun to eat with! I've not seen too many "character" mentions for this question.

    Thanks for stopping by mine!

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    1. hi Amanda, thanks! I would love to meet many of my favorite book characters. It is so easy to meet with authors today and I have a very active imagination! lol

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  17. Cocoa is a pretty, pretty girl!
    It was wonderful "meeting" you :) Armchair BEA @ the Brunette Librarian

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    1. Cocoa is not only pretty, she is also quite smart, well-trained, and extremely sweet!!

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  18. Welcome to Armchair BEA12 your post was fun and inviting, you have a wonderful voice for blogging. I feel like I know you and your beautiful family.

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    1. Poof....books! thanks so much for your lovely comments. I think I write as if I were sitting and chatting with my best friend.

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  19. Wow, you were able to keep your first marriage a secret for a year?! I admire your ability to do so! I would have cracked after a couple weeks. LOL

    You family looks and sounds beautiful! :)

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    1. Sarabara081, it was a difficult thing to do, but every weekend when we got together from my college (Longwood) and his (Va. Tech VT) was a honeymoon! lol
      thanks, I love my family!

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  20. Your family looks so happy! :)

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    1. thanks, Chrystal, I try very hard to help keep my family happy! much of that comes in the form of praying for each of them daily! :)

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