With GAYLE POPE
When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a teacher or a nun. (Those were the typical choices for little Catholic girls, which I was at the time.)
What would you rather be doing right now? Spending time with my grandkids.
Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I was a cocktail waitress in college.
Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? When my two daughters and I celebrated our triple graduations from high school, college and seminary in 2003.
It really stinks when ... people on TV or radio don't take turns when they argue but talk on top of each other.
What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Truthful.
I always laugh when ... I hear a good punny joke (and I do mean punny).
Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? St. Therese of Lisieux (the Little Flower) because I love her spirituality. Author Frederick Buechner because we could have a great conversation. My Grandma Agnes Poulter because she died when I was six, and I'd love to have a grown-up conversation with her.
At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... play solitaire on the computer.
People who knew me in high school thought I was ... smart in school.
My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I shook hands with Bill Clinton in a receiving line when he was governor of Arkansas and I was at a national convention in Little Rock.
I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... see a friend or relative I hadn't seen in a long time.
If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... renounce my Christian faith.
America should be more concerned about ... seeking truth, even when it doesn't fit our biases and preconceptions. Too often, each side on a controversial matter is convinced their position is the truth, when both cannot possibly be true. Good solutions do not emerge from false premises or stalemates.
I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... ball caps. (Actually they are my husband's, and we may not own that many more compared to other farmers.)
When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... sites related to my health and retirement benefits.
What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Always tell the truth. My Dad.
When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... news or talk radio.
I always get sentimental when ... I witness or experience true, unadulterated love.
The older I get, the more I realize ... no one will want all the "stuff" I have been saving my whole life.
If I had one "do-over," I would ... not have been speeding when I passed that Highway Patrol car.
My favorite item of clothing is ... the yoga pants my daughter gave me for Christmas. (Not that I do yoga. I just wear them around the house because they are so comfortable.)
If I've learned anything at all ... Life is richest and most beautiful from a perspective of abiding in Christ.
Gayle Pope, 66, was born and raised in Fargo, N.D., graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 1976 and worked in journalism and marketing communications in Fargo for 22 years. She started at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 1998, graduated in 2003 and served eight years as pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Nauvoo and another eight at Christ Lutheran in Quincy before retiring last August. In November 2005, she married Terry Pope, a farmer from Burnside. The Popes have six grown children and are expecting their 12th grandchild this summer.