Ask Roger Anything – because you can

Not sure from whom I got the idea of allowing y’all to ask me stuff – maybe it was Jaquandor.

But I sure know WHY I do it. You might ask me something that – maybe – I always wanted to write about it. But perhaps I edit myself because I don’t know if anyone is interested in the topic. Or perhaps propriety gets in the way; I do HAVE some sense of propriety. REALLY. And YOUR requests will assist me in liberating this piece from the recesses of my brain, and my heart.

Last month, I discovered Scottish therapist Heather Bestel, who wrote: “Now my life really is quite wonderful, by design… But it’s not always been like this. There have been times in my life when I have been depressed, alone, confused and suicidal. I grew up with a shameful secret.” I found this in a comment to a blog post, Don’t Cross the “What Not to Blog” Line. I don’t THINK I do, but you can judge that for yourself.

Understand that ALL questions are welcome. I think Jaquandor noted that he’s surprised what he ISN’T asked, and I tend to agree. All questions WILL be answered eventually, within 30 days of the asking. That’s true even if I have to obfuscate a bit, which is always the challenge in balancing the profound from the profane. Hey, you don’t want to come here and find a black page, now do you?

7 thoughts on “Ask Roger Anything – because you can”

  1. I will have more, BUT:

    You can only have one of these three powers: infinite strength, the ability to fly, or the ability to read minds.

    Which one would you pick, why, and what would you use it for?


  2. Have you ever had a talk with Lydia about racism? It is a tough subject for a parent to talk with their children about.


  3. 1. (As always ask in the spring) Who do you think will win the World Series this year, and who will they beat?

    2. In the first one hundred years of the US, which president do you find the most fascinating?

    3. Who do you find the most fascinating US president after those first one hundred years?


  4. 1. You are alone for an entire day, as in, your family has to go somewhere and you’re on your own. And it’s your day off. What do you do, and what do you eat?

    2. There are lots of ‘black’ stereotypes. Which one or ones irritate you the most?

    3. You asked this of me, so I’m turning it back: Are we really in a ‘post-racial’ society, and if not, how attainable IS such a thing?

    4. Are there any countries you think you’d like to visit if not for the fact that you’re pretty sure you wouldn’t find anything you liked eating there?

    (Note to self: next time, don’t Ask Roger Anything right before dinner. Wow, I’m hungry….)


  5. If you were a character in a book or a comic, what would your standard or symbol be?

    I’ll ask this one like I asked Janquandor: Have you ever fantasized about being a female character in a novel or a story?

    If you could start a political party, what would be its planks?


  6. If you were a tree… oh, never mind.

    How about this: If you had one of those “shameful secrets,” would you speak out about it?

    I only wonder because I write a lot about being a survivor of childhood sexual abuse (usually most women’s “secret” and a shame that can grow like a pustule in your gut) and my past drug use and my mental illness all the time. I get notes from folks saying, “I can’t believe you said that.” And yet, it gives me back my own power. I live life on my own terms and write what I want. Blogging – and therapy – have set me free. Love your blog, Rog, and you are wonderful. Amy


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