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Saturday 7 November 2009

The Sunday Roast

Far from Retired In Blogland

This week's interview is with Rosaria of Lakeviewer,
who writes the blog
Sixtyfivewhatnow .

Thank you for the interview Rosaria which was initiated by David at
It is my great pleasure to publish it.

Here's the first of the standard questions. Why do you blog?

Writing feels like a continuous conversation, a sharing of ideas and memories without being interrupted. Many friendships have bloomed through blogging across generations and across continents. I blog to feel connected to the world.

What's the story behind the blog name?

The title of my blog reveals both the age when I started, and the need to find out about what that age meant. After I retired, I had to rethink my goals and my priorities. The task became an existential search for meaning at this stage of my life: what now, what can be as important as the work I did, or the dreams I had? While my blog has expanded and morphed, the issues of the day, such as the current universal health care debate in the States, the basic need to understand what life can be at this age is still the main direction for this blog.

What is the best thing about being a blogger?

The best thing about being a blogger is the rush to discover who responds and what direction the comments take the conversation. After I posted on the need for universal health care, a blogger from Canada asked if he could respond as a guest blogger. I was delighted by his generosity and his knowledge of this subject. Most Americans are still in the dark on the kinds of services other nations have; Rob-Bear outlined a clear path.

What key advice would you give to a newbie blogger?

The best advice I could give a new blogger is to just go for it; if you want to share your daily life, go for it; if you want to share your hobbies, go for it. After you get comfortable, you can add gadgets, improve the layout. Even with your help, David, I admit to being quite dense on technical stuff. It’s intimidating. It’s frustrating. But it doesn’t stop me from creating the conversation.

What is the most significant blog post you've ever read?

David, finding your blog at Authorblog was a stroke of luck; it exposed me to many people I would not have encountered otherwise.

I have three blogs I check first thing in the morning:

Lola’s at Aglioolioepereroncino who takes me back to my Italian roots

Erin’s at Inthroughthebackdoor who writes such insightful, poetry that makes me feel as though I am reliving my life . . . . . and

Renee at Circlingmyhead who shows me how to be brave and courageous.

This list could go on and list people from many continents who introduce me to skills and points of view that open vistas for me.

What is the most significant blog post you've ever written?

I have enjoyed writing the post(s) about health care. I could have gone further, a lot further. It is a very important topic, still debated, still too hot to handle rationally. Sharing ideas about this topic will help us all grow and find solutions.

Finally, if you were to suggest two blogs for roasting who would you pick, and why?

at Aglioolioepeperoncino and Willow at Willow’s Manor. These are exciting bloggers, with lots of ideas and talent. Your readers will definitely enjoy them.

Thank you, David, for selecting me for this Sunday’s Roast. I appreciate this opportunity.

Note from Eddie: Thank you Rosaria and for your two recommendations. They are indeed very popular and in fact both have been roasted already and well worth another read.

Lola HERE and Willow HERE


Today's Sunday Roast with Rosaria is the 89th in a weekly
series of interviews with bloggers from around the world. __________________________________________________

This interview will feature in The Roll of Honour
for all published Roasts. To view press
HERE __________________________________________________


  1. I *know* Roseria already and enjoy going to her blog regularly. Through doing this, I have found out a little more about American Health issues via her blog that has opened my eyes, as I didn't know that not all Americans could afford health Insurance and some are living in fear of serious illness.That is something that I had never thought much about before. It has also made me aware of our excellent free health service. So I am grateful to get behind the scenes, so to speak.
    That was a great interview (that wouldn't have taken place if Eddie hadn't rescued R. from Cyberspace)
    So thank you for doing that Eddie!

    Nuts in May

  2. So nice to see Rosaria being roasted. A well-deserved recognition indeed. She's always a must-read blogger. Thanks, Eddie - for sharing our Lakeviewer. :)

  3. Like Maggie I learn a lot about my American friends from blogs just like Roseria's.
    Great roast.

    I'm also listening to your daughter Eddie, who has the voice of an angel. ;0)

  4. It's always a pleasure to meet new friends here in blogland and I'm so glad that David's tradition is being kept up, Eddie. Thanks

  5. Rosaria is one of my favorite bloggers. I really enjoyed this interview!

  6. what a great roast of one of my favorites...she writes her story so well with such wisdom and gentleness. wonderful selection and roast!

  7. Oh, what a delight to "see" Rosaria...and to learn a little more about her heart!!! We all love her so much, and it was truly a treat to see her roasted!!! Thank you, Eddie (And David, if you are lurking in the shadows)!!! Another brilliant interview, my friend!!! You are doing a super job with your Sunday must certainly be a blogging gourmet for your postings are excellent roastings ;-) Hugs, Janine

  8. Hi Eddie,

    Thanks for promulgating this ritual after David's departure. It's a lot of work to coordinate and follow through; you are a true friend of David's and the rest of us who love him and his "nods".

    I do look younger than I appear in the picture above. (Just so the record is straight!)
    I'm sitting on my stressless Swedish chair, a fabolous gift from my hubby, and I have my trusty laptop to keep me company and to help me join the world on any Sunday.

    Have a great weekend!

  9. Hooray for Rosaria, what a delight her posts are, wise, erudite and thought provoking.
    Thank you Eddie.

  10. Thanks for introducing me to a new blogger Eddie. I'm looking forward to getting to know Rosaria better. So happy you are continuing this feature. I posted a promo for it on my blog.
    Have a great weekend.

  11. Congratulations on another great roast, Eddie! Going over to subscribe to Rosaria's blog right now! She's adorable!

  12. Rosaria - it was a great pleasure doing this roast since by popular acclaim you are not only a highly accomplished blogger but a lady who is well respected, a good friend of many and one of the kindest people in Blog Land.

  13. Thank you for a very well conducted and very true picture of Rosaria.

  14. Eddie,
    Thanks for the correction. It has been changed!

  15. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Eddie thank you so much for posting about my very dear friend; Rosaria.

    You are so beautiful (not you Eddie) Rosaria.

    You always write things that are important and lately I have been loving what you write about love and your husband.

    Fantastic blog.

    Love Renee xoxo

  17. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction.
    Good interview. I think Rosaria's reasons for blogging are shared by many :)

  18. It was so wonderful to meet all of you together here at your place, Eddie B.! I would not have met any of you, neither Rosaria nor you nor several other blog friends I see here, were it not for David's Authorblog. I try hard to post every day, with very little time for exploring other blogs, and David made it possible for me to get a taste of what wonderful bloggers are out there. Thank you for continuing in David's spirit!

    A wonderful Sunday to all of you!

  19. Eddie, I've been reading your blog for a long time, but only realised this morning that I'd not done the official sign up! Have been going bananas 'cos I don't have your proper email address in my book - are you in hiding?! :) Thanks for continuing with Roast Dinners every Sunday! We'd starve without them.

  20. Eddie...I'm glad that you roasted I had never visited her blog. What a wonderful visit I had. Thank you, Eddie... I wouldn't have seen the great photographs nor read the wonderful writings. She's terrific...and I thank you from the bottom of my Jawja heart for a great roast!!

  21. This is a great Roast Eddie. Thank you. Lakeviewer is one of my favourite bloggers, though recently I haven't been able to visit her much. Thanks for the interview, I am off to visit her for more.

  22. A great roast Eddie. I've had Rosaria on my blog roll for quite some time and she's one of the first I go to on the days I blog.

  23. She's an extremely nice person, whom I've visited a lot and she has done likewise in return. You give us nobody but the best, Eddie! Thank you!

  24. Dear Eddie, I am ever so far behind on visits here and every where. Just trying to "catch up" as I can while on break.

    I love Rosaria's blog, ans was interested to read this post about/by her. Thank you for Roasting her!


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