Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Create a Connection- The Dream Dinner Party

"Imagine you're going to organize a dinner party for yourself and seven guests. You can invite anyone who ever lived, whether they're world-famous or someone whose name only you would recognize. If you choose someone from the past, they will be magically alive and present for this one day. But here's the twist - in order for the magic to work, each chair will only hold a guest who fits into a certain category. Tell us who you would invite and, if you like, tell us a little about why. What do you admire about that person or what would you like to learn from him or her?"

1. Guest one must be someone who is/was creative with words - a novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, journalist, etc. Who would you invite? I would have the poet Mary Oliver because she was the first poet I read that changed my whole view of poetry. I would love a few tips on writing poetry.
2. Guest two must be someone who is/was creative with images - a painter, photographer, sculptor, fabric artist, collage artist, etc. Who would you invite? Annie Leibovitz because she has a gift for capturing faces with her camera and the interesting stories of her subjects would be very fascinating dinner conversation. I'm sure she would have a few tips too :)

3. Guest three must be someone who is/was a performer - an actor, singer, musician, comedian, acrobat, etc. Who would you invite?
Jimmy Stewart was a great actor, man and I loved everything he did. I would like to just get to talk about his life and learn something in the process.
4. Guest four must be someone who is charting/charted new territory - either in the physical sense, like an explorer, adventurer, or astronaut, or someone like a groundbreaking scientist or inventor. Who would you invite? Steven Hawking because he is an amazing scientist and he has lived so long with ALS. I'd love to argue his black hole theory with my next guest and get some info on the latest ALS gizmos.
5. Guest five must be someone who is/was a leader of other people - perhaps in the area of politics, like the literal leader of a country, or perhaps a leader in the area of religion, military, business, or even a great philosopher or teacher, or an inspiring athlete. Who would you invite?
Jesus Christ, I would sit him at the head of the table hogging him from my other guests ;) I want to learn the truth about God.
6. Guest six must be someone from any field who you believe is/was underrated and under-appreciated by most people, but whom you admire. Who would you invite?
Abraham Lincoln has always been a fascinating man in the history of our country and I'd love his opinion on what's going on now.
7. Guest seven is a wild card - your choice! Is there someone you'd like to invite who didn't seem to quite fit into any category, or was there a category where you'd have really liked to invite two different people? Then this is your chance to add the person you missed to the table. Who would you invite?
My husband Dave so we could share the amazing moments.
Bonus: Uh Oh! The dinner party is just about to end, and all your guests are about to disappear, and you realize that you've forgotten to ask one important question of one of your guests. You just barely have time to squeeze in that last question, so quick! - what was the question and who did you ask? I would ask Jesus will I see him in heaven?

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19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this one, and I know He will see you there!

Anonymous said...

A clever, interesting and thought provoking post. I would invite Jesus, too, and Monet. I will have to think about the others.

Anonymous said...

Jimmy Stewart is a great idea! I didn't think of him - but he's a favorite of mine for sure - The Glenn Miller Story being one of my favorite roles! :)

Anonymous said...

I'd love to be a guest at that party! Mary Oliver, for sure! And Abe Lincoln - yes, I'd love to know what he'd have to say. Great job with this - I love Create a Connection!

Deb R said...

Great answers, Tammy! Mary Oliver and Annie Leibowitz are two I considered "inviting" too. And Jimmy Stewart would've been way up on my list of choices if I hadn't decided to go with a Girls Night theme. :-)

tinker said...

Wow, I'll play waitress for you - I'd love to eavesdrop on this one, lol. If not,I would want to at least see the video from that party - that is quite a guest list!
Fun post, as always, Tammy
xo

Anonymous said...

Can I be the eighth guest? I would love to speak with JC - what a brilliant idea inviting him. He would have the answers to everything.

Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed catching up with your posts after being away on holiday.
It is so good to read of the resolutions you are making and that things are looking set for a great new year. You have made some good decisions regarding your daughters, I'm sure. TK's adorable isn't he? BTW his birthday is the same day as my husband's!
I laughed about the hairy legs! (That's got to go into the book!)

pepektheassassin said...

Tammy, I love this so much! I love your Mary Oliver poem for the poetry Thursday, too. You are so great!

Nancy said...

Freakin' Fabulous!

xo,
Nancy

Anonymous said...

Oh, Tammy, I love your answers. I still have not had time to do this one but it's on my list (maybe this weekend). I can just see Annie taking pictures of TK--he's at the perfect age for it!

Paris Parfait said...

Now THAT would be a memorable evening! And it's really sweet that you wrote you'd want Dave there to share it all.

Anonymous said...

I loved this. Do you think I could come along, too? I'd serve the food... wash the dishes... anything...

firstborn said...

wonderful post! i'd invite jimmy stewart & Jesus too!

blackdaisies said...

what a fantastic dinner party this would be : ) great guest choices!!

Catherine said...

That's an interesting list. I just got around to mine, I read Deb's list first and thought we had to make it all women so I did the same, but I think Steven Hawking would be a very interesting dinner guest.

Anonymous said...

these are wonderful guests - sounds like it would be a very engaging evening - and i love that you invited your husband. w/mine, i didn't start out to have it be all women, but then i realized that's what it was going to be. i'm enjoying reading all of these.

Anonymous said...

It's funny how both of us would invite our wonderful husbands both named Dave to share our time together with.

It's amazing how much an experience shared is!

you are an inspiring woman. best, lisa

Anonymous said...

tammy, every single one of your posts I've just been catching up on today (after being mostly away for awhile) is incredibly beautiful, powerful, heartfelt. I love the poem you posted of Mary Oliver's this week ... and THIS post about the dinner party. I wish I could be there -- your guest list is so right on. You are truly inspiring and motivating to all of us who can walk with our own two legs, no matter what else is going on with us.

I did a little post today -- for ou and Pam ... I hope I can introduce you to a song you hadn't heard before... much love to youxoxo