We love our Mrs. Pickelle, who, in her own words, has a pot-pourri of poetry and imagery to present about every day household appliances and simple personal experiences.
FC: Tell us about your poetry
Mrs. P: I write poetry as it appears to me. If I am sitting outside looking at a tree, or if I pass something that stimulates my thinking, I'll jot something down. Actually, when I was on the train, I wrote a poem called "Grand Central" about all the people sitting in front of me, and how I felt there. Sometimes I remember things, and write about things I remember. It seems to turn into a poetic feel when I put it down. I give it some rhythm, and the words seem to clip together nicely
FC: What is the driving force behind all that? Do the words just have to come out?
Mrs. P: I feel like I am observing, and then I feel that I want to write it down. And then after I write it down, and I read it over, I think, that's just what I felt!
FC: So, you are understanding something via the process of writing
Mrs. P: Hmm. I don't know it would be something I am understanding, really. Sometimes I just want to write down what I see. I don't know if I really go as far as to understand. Like, I was watching all the deflated characters in people's yards after Christmas, and it just seemed to signal to me the end of the old year, so I went home to write about that. Something things just strike me, so I want to write it down
FC: Do you hand write your poems? Or do you use the computer?
Mrs. P: I use pencil or pen and paper
FC: Do you read poetry too?
Mrs. P: I love Emily Dickinson, e.e. cummings, Robert Frost, Wordsworth, Thoreau.
FC: Did you write poetry as a child?
Mrs. P: I don't know if I recognized it as a child as poetry. I don't think so.
FC: What about music? You mentioned rhythm in your poems. Are you musical?
Mrs. P: I am in an all woman singing group called The Song Pipers, we do 4 part harmony. We sing to hospitals and nursing homes. It's all volunteer.
FC: Coffee or Tea?
Mrs. P: Tea every day. Red Rose. Coffee on Sunday mornings. Milk and sugar.
FC: What should people do more of in your opinion?
Mrs. P: Get up out of their chairs and move around
FC: Who would play you in a movie
Mrs. P: In looks? Maybe that woman in M*A*S*H
FC: If you could change your first name, what would you change it to?
Mrs. P: "Linda", because I love the way the "L" writes in cursive!
FC: What was the last argument you had with someone?
Mrs. P: Probably my husband. He always puts salt on everything before he even tastes it! It's infuriating!
FC: Do you gamble?
Mrs. P: Slot Machines! And Bridge. Does Bridge count? Sometimes we play for a dollar.
FC: Do you like Charlie Sheen?
Mrs. P: I don't care for him.
FC: Have you ever skinny-dipped?
Mrs. P: Oh my !! NEVER!!!!
FC: What was the last movie you watched?
Mrs. P: Cafe Society. I liked it very much. But I really want to see the Meryl Streep movie
FC: Be honest. Do you watch "Keeping up with the Kardashians"?
Mrs. P: .....yes. Let's call it a guilty pleasure.
FC: Rolling Stones or the Beatles?
Mrs. P: Beatles
FC: How do you like your eggs?
Mrs. P: Well, I have to say, I make deviled eggs, and even Chef Anne Burrell says they are wonderful!
FC: What is your definition of a blog?
Mrs. P: Well, I was just wondering that today! What in the world is a blog? And I am going to be on a blog when I don't even know what it is?! I guess it's a place where people express their opinions, but how would that involve me then? I don't know!
FC: Do you know who Moby is?
Mrs. P: Moby?
FC: He is a famous DJ, and a music producer. We interview him on Fluffy Concrete as well-- so you are in good company!
Mrs. P: His name is Moby?? I am sure he is a nice man, but I think I prefer Mozart.
FC: ..... ok then!
FC: Are you computer savvy?
Mrs. P: I would say no.
FC: Do you have Facebook?
Mrs. P: My daughter signed me up. But too many people are on there showing their things! I think I need a little direction.
FC: How many credit cards do you have?
Mrs. P: I have a Lord & Taylor card, and a Macy's card. But I use cash and write checks.
FC: Do you have an ATM card?
Mrs. P: No. I don't want one. I don't like all these mechanics- all these new-fangled things! I drive to the bank when I need to take out money. Maybe I am an old fuddy-duddy, but I like how things were in the 50's.
FC: What's your favorite memory?
Mrs. P: I am happy to say that I have many favorite memories.
FC: What scares you?
Mrs. P: The unknown....and airplanes!
FC: What do you do for exercise?
Mrs. P: I try to swim 10 laps every day. And I love to walk. I am pretty good at golf, too! (If I do say so myself)
FC: Anything else you want to tell us?
Mrs. P: I think I am a very lucky person. I have a good peaceful life.
FC: Any regrets?
Mrs. P: No, I don't have any regrets. I loved teaching. I love being retired. I have many wonderful friends. I feel very content!
FC: We can't wait to get our hands on some more of your poetry!
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