wHooligan feature! LuAnn Braley

Today our wHooligan feature is the grrrrrrreat LuAnn Braley! She is also active on Twitter

LuAnn is a super-involved writer, reader and book reviewer. She's participated in loads of blog fests and seriously, you should go check out all the reading challenges this lady is participating in. How does she have enough time to do all that reading and be an excellent blogger too? I dunno, but I'm lucky to have her on my side this April!

Each of my wHooligans is answering some of the questions posed to the A-Z Co-hosts over at the A-Z blog and here are LuAnn's responses!

If you were a contestant on the CBS show "Amazing Race" and could pick ANY movie character to be your partner, who would it be and why?
I would pick the character of John Patrick Mason from "The Rock".  Or maybe Armand from "Interview With the Vampire".  They are both bad-you-know-whats with whom I would not mind running around the world (and/or hiding from the cameras).  ;)

What makes life worth living?
My family, my faith and the possibility that I might one day be able to visit Scotland.

What is your "Thing". i.e. do you have a non-professional hobby or a particularly acute preference for something that you feel defines a large part of who you are?
I love to act in live theatre.  I've done everything from Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde to Susan in "No Sex, Please, We're British" by Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott, to Winnie in "Happy Days" by Samuel Beckett.  I haven't done so since before my first child was born in 1996, but would like to get back to it at some point.  Of course, I'd probably  have to go to a city, and this gal is happy in the country.

When was the last time you were slapped, and what did you do to provoke it?
A couple of years back, I was working with adults who have MR/DD (mental retardation and developmental disabilities).  One day, I was assigned to work with a woman, whose favorite method of getting what she wanted was to physically attack the people she believed could get it for her.  She was non-verbal and mentally and medically really could not be held responsible for her actions.  Before I met her, it has been said she used to climb up onto an overhang in the doorway to her room and jump down on people - although I never experienced that personally.
So that day, I would not let her run amok in the kitchen, and she proceeded to slap me at least 40 times on the right forearm.  There were so many h-a-r-d slaps that a large, swollen palm mark appeared on my arm.
Still, today, if I were to see someone abusing this woman or any of my other charges, I would jump in the middle of their you-know-what.

If you could sing any song with the artist who wrote/performed it, what would it be and with whom?
"Amazing Grace", sung a capella by Patsy Cline.

Thanks for stopping by, LuAnn!


  1. LuAnn Braley9:34 PM

    Thanks so much for the feature, AJ! (It's my first time and my feet are happy dancing under the desk.) *LOL*

  2. shilpagarg1:42 AM

    That's some interesting questions and answers LuAnn!! The experience with the lady with MR/DD must be so shocking!
    Good to see you here :)

  3. Live theater is the best! No need to go to the city if you don't want to. Organize a theater troupe in the country and put on a show. Although I have family members who have developmental disabilities or mental challenges, the thought of working with an adult who has a habit of jumping on top of people, from the roof, is alarming. I wouldn't have the patience to deal with something like that. LuAnn is heaven sent!

    #atozchallenge Co-Host

  4. I've never seen "Amazing Race" although I think I have seen clips of it. Armand as a partner for your team sounds interesting.

    If you make it to Scotland let me know, I have a list of places to visit (I live in Bedford which is about 60 miles North of London and we've been to Scotland twice in the last seven years ish) :)

    With regards to your job, (slightly random question??) is mental retardation still a commonly used title? Here retard or retardation has a negative connotation. Retard is often used as an insult. I think here it's tended to be referred to as mental illness or special needs or something like that.

    Found you via #atozchallenge

  5. TaMara1:56 PM

    I love to watch live theater, but I've never been brave enough to actually act. One of my small people is planning on doing a theater camp this summer, though. I'm excited to be a fellow wHooligan with you!


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