“Meme” is a term used to describe a question or series of questions that a blogger asks another. Usually, a blogger “tags” several others to respond.

Some bloggers love ’em. Some like ’em. And others, like me, are not fans of them at all, and try to procrastinate responding (sorry, Gail at Blogwalker).

I’ve been recently “tagged” by Kate at Teaching Learners With Special Needs and, since her meme is easier to respond to then Gail’s, I decided I should at least get one out of the way! And I know Sue Waters encourages bloggers to share a bit about themselves personally, so I figured I could hit two birds with one stone.

I’m listing the questions I’m supposed to answer, followed by my answers:

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?

I was working as a community organizer for the Industrial Areas Foundation at its Sacramento Valley affiliate, assisting low-income families to build political power.

2. What are my 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):

Work on a writing project about parents and schools; write a post for my blog; play basketball; call my daughter; and go to a Mother’s Day dinner at my mother-in-law’s house.

3. Snacks I enjoy…

Reeses Peanut Buttercups; tomatoes and bellpeppers dipped in hot sauce; and bananas.

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

* Provide long-term financial security for my family.
* Start a foundation to support progressive school reform and broad-based community organizing.
* Start a political action fund to support progressive political change.

5. Three of my bad habits:

Procrastinate on writing projects; be lazy around the house; and can be more self-centered then I like.

6. 5 places I have lived:

New York City, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Vermont, and Portland (OR).

7. 5 jobs I have had:

Running a soup kitchen & emergency shelter; community organizer; produce manager at a food coop; teacher; and bread driver.

8. 6 people I want to know more about:

Kevin Hodgson; Alice Mercer; Anamaria; Ronaldo Lima; Gail at Blogwalker (if she’ll forgive my not responding to her meme– yet); and Mathew Needleman.

These six should not feel obligated to respond — just write if you feel like it!