Sandy MilnerThis article written by Sandy Milner, Area 9 Oklahoma Representative

I was reading through Facebook the other evening and read a post where someone said they were a handbell addict. This got me wondering – Am I a handbell addict? I looked up the definition and found this: “an enthusiastic devotee of a specified thing or activity.” Okay, so now I thought — Am I an enthusiastic devotee of handbells? So, I developed a list of questions that may help you decide if you are a handbell addict.

  1. Is your favorite meal a gyro and a shake?
  2. Do you have a personal license tag with a handbell reference?
  3. Do you attend bell practice more than once a week?
  4. Do you seek out and attend handbell events near you?
  5. Do you own two or more handbell themed shirts?
  6. Do you know the connection between P.T. Barnum and handbells?
  7. When you see the letters – TLD, PL, LV, vib., R, TD – do you know how to react
  8. Do you quickly recognize the following names: Hart Morris, Kathy Moklebust, Cynthia Dobrinski, Kevin McChesney, John Behnke, Joel Rainey, Jason Krug, or Arnold Sherman?
  9. When someone mentions heavy metal, do you immediately think of bass bells?
  10. Do your friends refer to you as a ding-a-ling?
  11. Do you have a drawer full of handbell gloves that have seen better days?
  12. Are you a member of Handbell Musicians of America?

If you answered “Yes” to five or more of these questions, then you too can call yourself a handbell addict! I do not think there is a cure, but you are among many friends. By the way, I am a handbell addict and proud of it!