Joyce Ann (Heath) Hanson

Published 8:48 am Saturday, August 1, 2009

Name: Joyce Ann (Heath) Hanson

Age: 65

Occupation and title: Retired high school English teacher and high school librarian

Spouse’s name: David Hanson

Children’s names and ages: Rejoyce 34, Heather, 28, and six grandchildren

Church affiliation: United Church of Christ

If I could change my name, I’d make it: Would not change

Pet I’d like to own: Elephant. I love them. I ride them every chance I get. I have ridden them through the rivers and jungles in Bali and other places.

People say I look like: My mother

Favorite movie of all time: “Dr. Zhivago”

TV show I never miss: “Murder She Wrote”

The secret to happiness is: A good attitude

I wish I knew how to: Build additions on houses

Song I’d love to sing karaoke to: Party Doll

If I had to eat only three foods for the rest of my life, they’d be: Chocolate, fried chicken and ice cream

Three words that best describe me: Dependable, tenacious and organized

One superpower I wish I had: The ability to read minds

Book currently on my nightstand: “Ann of the Island”

My proudest achievement: When I became a teacher

My most recent trip: Greece

My life won’t be complete until: I write and publish a novel and I play “Lady of Spain” on my accordion.

My friends think I’m: A gypsy wanderer

I really lose my cool when: People lie

Favorite color: Red. There is no other color.

What’s the best life lesson you’ve learned? Life has taught me that you have to go where the wind blows you, fall with the punches and get back up.

What’s the best decision you’ve made in life? To work overseas — Panama, Korea and Germany

Which local charitable or nonprofit organizations do you wish more people would support? Girl Scouts and missionaries

What gives you the blues? Not much

What’s your best childhood memory? Playing with my cousins and friends in my sandbox

What’s your most recent venture? Organized and planned the 47th high school reunion for Franklin High School class of 1962