An interview with the author of Midi Me, a blog about midimalism.

Who are you? My name is Patty, that’s with a ‘y’.

How old are you? I am just over five feet tall, thanks so much for asking.

Where do you live? I have lived near Gettysburg Pennsylvania for 24 years. Before that I lived in New York, New Hampshire, and Illinois. I was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado.

Can you share a little about your family? I have been married to the same man for 38 years. We have two amazingly awesome children who live at opposite ends of the country. Happily, my world revolves around Dad. He is 95. I’m the luckiest daughter alive.

What is the meaning behind the title of your blog, Midi Me? I tend to think in extremes, but I don’t live there. Finding happiness some place in the middle is my goal.

What will you write about on this blog? Anything I find interesting, sad, funny, or perplexing. I write a lot. I am using this blog to free up some space in the file cabinet.

Have you published any of your work? Yes, two books. The first is a memoir, Grace on the Ledge, the second is a children’s book, Grammy’s Eyes.

Have you been a writer your whole life? No,  I began writing chapter books when I was eight. The Girl Who Loved Adventures was the series title. I still have one, complete with illustrations. I took 50 years off to grow up, go to school and teach sociology courses to undergrads.

Do you have any other interests? Should I list them in alphabetical order or by major heading?

How do you spend time when you are not writing? Lately I plan yoga classes I teach, practice yoga, ride my bike to and from yoga. Oh, and I read, a lot. I may have an attachment issue there, so I am trying to cut back.

Have any pets? The cat population is steady at two. Bear, retrieved from a farmer’s woodpile, all black. Cricket, abandoned by her mother at the age of four days, all fluff. I miss our dog Wilson who passed away in 2015. He was my best friend.

Favorite food? Lately I love anything green and garlic humus. I don’t eat meat, probably a yoga thing. 

Do you have any goals? Do you want me to start with those I have for the next five minutes, for this week, this month, or the next ten years?

Do you have any fears? Running over a slow moving mean black snake on a bike trail. Typing this pretend conversation causes me some concern. Sharing my writing on this blog would be first on that list.

Thanks for your time. We look forward to reading more on this re-titled blog of yours called Midi Me.

So do I!