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When You Die…

During our walks, Melanie and I often enjoy some good discussions. Recently, I told her I was thinking about who I would like to visit after I died. (No. I’m not ill, dying, or anything of the sort.) Besides loved ones, I immediately thought of a few people that I would love to ask some questions. Melanie did the same. We decided it would be interesting to share who a few of those were and the questions we would ask them.

We are not advocating for any after-life beliefs you may or may not hold. That isn’t the point. We are merely interested in knowing who you would talk to if you could. What would you ask them? The religious, or after-life questions, are for another post.

Pull up a chair and sit for a spell.

Jim’s Choices

Thomas Jefferson – Is the United States living up to your vision of what you wanted this nation to become?

Abraham Lincoln – We have a black man for president for the first time. What are your thoughts?

Carl Sagan – Is S.E.T.I a waste of time for earthlings?

Marie Curie – You won two Nobel Prizes, sharing one with your husband Pierre. Your daughter also won. What would you say to people today about their fears of radioactivity and whether they are well-founded? Are we over-reacting?

Leonardo Da Vinci – You were a master of so many things. What fields of study would you pursue today?

Melanie’s Choices

Anna Williams, African American quilter from New Orleans – I’d like to talk to her about her creative process and inspirations, and about how, technically, she took her creative vision to reality.

Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady and pioneer for social justice – On a personal level, I’d ask her about successes and disappointments in her life, and her view on changes in American society in the 20th century.

Louisa May Alcott, author – How did the nation change over your lifetime, and what was the impact of war and reconstruction at the household level?

Mary Lou Williams, jazz composer, pianist, and arranger – What was it like being a woman in a “man’s” field of music? Add on that being African-American during segregation, how difficult was it to tour and to get recognition for your own talents? How did the music industry and the jazz genre change over your career?


  1. kishik

    And making various discoveries through art, music and books, to my dismay, those I newly discovered were dead!

    One I had wanted to hear sing live and to meet was Paul Robeson.  I was so smitten with his voice… And then I read about his life.

    Another was Gene Stratton-Porter.  I loved her books and wanted to make nature discoveries as she unfolded them in her books and their characters.

    I would just want to talk and ask questions about their lives, how they overcame what most likely was always pushing them back in their time.

    I would love to speak with my maternal grandmother again, and my parents.

  2. slksfca

    …of whom I’d like to ask too many questions. I’ll have to give this some thought before narrowing down the top contenders. 🙂

  3. Kysen

    this is like the ‘who would you like to have dinner with’ question…and my answers always change.

    Sitting here now….

    Sir Richard Francis Burton  – He would surely have some amazing stories to share of his adventures.

    D.B. Cooper – I’m just a curious sort.  /grin

    Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) – Why not? I can always use some more Zen in my life. 😛

    The architect of the Great Pyramid of Khufu – Again, I am a curious sort.

    Martin Luther King Jr – I’d like to hear what he thinks about how things have progressed since his untimely passing.

    Huh…no women this time, it seems….ask me again in a week and the list will surely be different!

  4. HappyinVT


    1) and 2) are my mom and dad.  My mom to get her to tell me where I went wrong 🙂 and my dad because I’ve never had the chance to talk to him.

    3) 4) 5) and 6) are my grandparent because I’d like to hear their stories about where I came from

    7) Mary Todd Lincoln to see if she really was nuts or just really depressed


    8) Sigmund Freud to see if he’s rethought anything.

    Gonna take awhile I’ll have all of eternity.

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