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Your Turn/Linda Coleberd

Posted: Jan. 19, 2019 7:20 pm Updated: Jan. 19, 2019 8:42 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... My high school aptitude test indicated I would do well as a forest ranger. But I was drawn to becoming a dietitian.

What would you rather be doing right now? Traveling/hiking the state and national parks.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... Besides still being shy/timid, I can fix a great meal out of almost nothing, retroactive to college days.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Graduating from the University of Wyoming with a double bachelor and masters ABT. I started college at age 37.

It really stinks when ... people say they will call you back and don't.

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

I always laugh when ... my brother does funny imitations of our mother and my sister while growing up.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Margaret Sanger, 1879-1966, Planned Parenthood founder. Mark Twain, 1835-1910. His mind never stopped. Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker, and Harriet Tubman.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... in the summer, go to the Cavemen/Hoots baseball game and watch my players, eat nachos and drink ice-cold beer. In the winter, (I want) a fireplace and wine.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... shy. I was very shy then and still more than I would like

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Garth Brooks and Brad Paisley. Garth called me at the cave one day after I wrote him a funny letter and sent a Mark Twain Cave T-shirt about "friends in low places." Brad brought his family to the cave for what was to be a 20-minute tour that lasted over two hours.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... take a night flight to Colorado to visit my granddaughters.

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

America should be more concerned about ... the welfare of children in areas of nutrition, education, security and neglect.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... clothes. I am a great seamstress. Or shoes. (I can have more shoes because I made most of my clothes.)

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Today Show-Food

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? My friend Jere said when I wanted to open a fabric store in Kammerer, Wyo., called Linda's Stitchin' Post, "Don't spend any more money than you can afford to lose" (1983).

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... country music.

I always get sentimental when ... I hear the National Anthem, saying goodbye to family and long-distance friends after a visit and hearing "The Dance" by Garth Brooks.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... as wonderful as my life is here at Mark Twain Cave and Hannibal, Mo., my soul is in Wyoming.

My favorite item of clothing is ... an old red wool sweater I wore hunting antelope in Wyoming every year.

If I've learned anything at all ... You must forgive even if you can't forget.


Linda Coleberd, 69, owns Mark Twain Cave and Cave Hollow West Winery, a family business since 1923. Before owning the cave, she taught special education in Laramie, Wyo. Coleberd graduated from high school in St. Joseph, Mo. She has two sons and three granddaughters.