Sunday Q & A: Linda Hamm

<p>Linda Hamm</p><p>Retired teacher</p>

What do your friends call you?

Linda or Lin

How old are you?

Well, I’ve only had one 39th birthday.

Where do you live?

About four miles east of Hermiston.

Where did you go to school?

I graduated from Oakland (Oregon) High School where I completed all 12 years of school. I have B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oregon College of Education in Monmouth.

What do you do?

After teaching high school science for 30 years, I retired last June.

What's the best thing about your work?

The best thing about teaching was the kids. I’m missing the interaction.

Who is the historical figure you most admire?

David — as in the psalm writer. He began life as a shepherd and since I grew up on a sheep ranch, his writings touch my heart.

The living person you most admire?

My son. He’s faced adversity in his life with determination, courage, humility and faith.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I’m a mom and our kids turned out to be great adults. We are proud of all of them.

What is the most difficult challenge in your life these days?

I’ve spent my entire adult life working and most often in the field of education. I’m taking some time now to get used to being retired. It’s not as easy as I thought it would be.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Gardening, crafts, music and family.

What type of electronic equipment do you carry around with you?

My cell phone — sometimes. I really enjoy not having interruptions.

If you had to live in another country for a year, where would you go?

Hmmmm — I don’t even have a passport. I think Italy would be fascinating. So much history and diversity.

If you could change one thing in your community, what would that be?

More access to shopping. For a community as large as Hermiston, we are amazingly dependent on Tri-Cities for access to goods and services, and that takes our money out of our community.

What is at the top of your bucket list?

Both my husband and I love history as well as science. We have plans to take several trips to different areas of the U.S. and visit historical sites in each.

What is your favorite beverage?

Heidi’s blended coconut mocha.

Tell us about the best book you've read lately.

I love mysteries and I guess my science background makes the CSI variety a very satisfying read. I’ve read several good ones lately.

Your most prized possession?

I love our little piece of the desert. We’ve managed to make it into a place we really enjoy.

What's the funniest thing that ever happened to you?

Something involving toilet paper and a damp shoe.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Sleeping in.

What's the one question we didn't ask that you'd like to answer?

Do you enjoy life in Hermiston? We’ve been here 21 years — transplants from the west side. There is a beauty here in the people, the slower pace and even in the desert. We are glad this is home!

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