Your Turn

Your Turn/Rebecca Winner

Posted: Jan. 27, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Jan. 27, 2018 11:10 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a nurse until I realized I didn't like blood.

What would you rather be doing right now? Reading, sewing, playing piano, working a puzzle, coloring with colored pencils, playing games, watching Hallmark Channel.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I have written seven novels, all Christian romance, none of which have been published.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Walking across the stage at the U of I and receiving my master's degree at age 60.

It really stinks when ... drivers don't signal. Poor grammar and spelling by businesses and reporters. People who think freedom of speech means freedom to destroy. People who can't make a sentence without profanity.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Friendly.

I always laugh when ... the toddler grandson and the toddler kitten play with the same toys.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Abraham Lincoln, Corrie ten Boom because she forgave the guards at Ravensbruck and my dad's long-lost grandmother Lucy who disappeared in the 1870s.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... sit, color and watch television with the family.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... studious and musically talented.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I am a first cousin four times removed of Wyatt Earp. My grandma's grandma was Wyatt's first cousin.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... travel. I wonder if I will ever need a passport.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... change.

America should be more concerned about ... recycling. There is way too much trash going into landfills that could be recycled. It only takes a little effort.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... VCR tapes and phonograph records.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Facebook to check on my friends and relatives.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? I think it was Grandma Becky, whom I am named for. "It is better to take the sweater with you and not need it than to need it and not have it."

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... Christian CDs or Christian radio.

I always get sentimental when ... the American flag is being respected.

The older I get, the more I realize ... today is the first day of the rest of my life, and I want to do something with that day.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... not change a thing.

My favorite item of clothing is ... a lovely lavender dress with matching jacket that was my mom's.

If I've learned anything at all ... Life is short, and life is hard. Don't try to do it without God.

Rebecca Iftner Winner -- who just turned 65 and is proud of it -- has been the library director at the Barry Public Library for about six and one-half years and is a retired teacher. She and her husband, Mark, soon will celebrate their 45th anniversary. They have a son, Joe Winner, and his wife, Katy; a daughter, Kristina Winner; and a toddler grandson, Joseph Jeremiah Winner. The Winners live in Pittsfield.