1. What's your favorite breakfast food? If I'm in America (I went once!) then definitely waffles, pancakes, maple syrup...the works. Here in the UK it's scrabble about making burnt toast or, preferably, get a Full English in a cafe (I'm no cook!)
2. Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? This is the hardest question for me. Where to start? I guess as I have a PhD in philosophy and taught and published in this field I would ideally wish everyone would read more philosophy. It shows where you're coming from, what's involved in formations of self-identity, and where the logic of a certain way of thinking will take you. When I'm relaxing (no, philosophy is not relaxing), then I love the horror novels of Peter James. Then again, that's not always too relaxing either. But any book will do. I will read anything, even the back of the cereal box.
3. What makes you laugh? Oh, anything that strikes me as absurd.
4. Song that never gets old: No. This is the hardest question as I'm not a fan of music. But I do have favourite sounds - birds singing, the wind in the trees, grasshoppers in meadows, the sound of rain...anything natural.
5. Drink of choice: An easy one! Cappuccino.
6. Would you rather be hot or cold? Definitely hot.
7. Mountain, beach, desert or forest? Yes please. All or any of those.
8. Favourite color? I love all colours! If pressed, red and green.
9. Best movie line: It's a cliche now but it has to be, "Go ahead, make my day"; the brainchild of Charles B. Pierce and uttered by Clint as Harry Callahan in the 1983 film Sudden Impact. This is my favourite response to anyone who comes at me with an "if you don't do what I want, or agree with me, then this will happen".
10. Last thing you splurged on? Raffia nibble mats and de luxe rabbit mix for my house rabbit. The nibble mats are a futile attempt to stop him turning the house into a pile of matchwood (precious books are all out of reach of the razor-blade teeth until I try to read them).
11. What's your most embarrassing experience? It was my first class and I was teaching Thomas Hobbes to a lecture theatre full of avid undergraduates on the qui vive for a trip-up. Nervous, I began, "Hobbes was born in 1588 and died in 1979". Silence. Then, this from one of the bemused students, "blimey, Hobbes lived a bloody long time, didn't he?" I had of course meant 1679 but failed to take into the theatre a memory-stabilising decent cup of coffee. I can still be found absently muttering, "Hobbes lived a bloody long time, didn't he" at moments of distraction or abject confusion. Although actually he did live a bloody long time (he died aged 91 although aged 391 would have been even longer).
Donna Hazel first started getting interested in the tarot at the age of 17 when chancing upon the Balbi tarot deck. Although busy with studies she returned again and again to the tarot and filled out her remit with classes, books, practising, and reading at psychic fairs together with email readings. Whilst it may seem incongruous set alongside an academic background, Donna has had a lifetime of ghostly encounters and remains fascinated with and open to anything Other. Her blog is a mixture of the serious and the fun. She believes that learning tarot should never be a drag and her blog incorporates many fun ways of learning for the tarot novice. Visit Donna at her blog here.