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Welcome to my little home on the web.  This project has been stewing awhile.  It’s a place to document my thoughts on what inspires me – on the humbling learnings from my kids, frustrations and joys of being a parent, topics in education that interest me, and yes, the occasional recipe.  Like me, it’s both focused and scattered, and a little nerdy.

I’m originally from Portland, Oregon, but have lived in the Bay Area for many years.  Discounting babysitting, my first paying job was working at a truck stop.  My truck and large vehicle vocabulary has served me well as a parent.  After graduating with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, I taught English in Southeast Asia, worked at several youth and education-based nonprofits managing programs and fundraising, and most recently, worked at Google managing communications and community affairs. Throughout my career, I’ve always been fascinated by people and inspired by the power of storytelling.

Most important, I’m the mom to two wonderfully energetic kids. I’ll refer to them by their nicknames here: my son, Robot, and daughter, LC.  I’m married to a very nice, tall guy  (NTG) who reads a massive amount of science fiction and fantasy books and encourages me to chase my dreams. I’m lucky I found him.

A few more things about me:

  • I’m a middle child (raised by 2 middle children)
  • My celebrity NPR crush is Terry Gross
  • I’m a compulsive list maker
  • Motherhood has reduced my attention span to writing (and thinking) only in bullets. This blog is an attempt to remedy that.

And yes, I’m fond of scrambles (and other one-dish, easy semi-nutritious meals) and make them often these days.  Particularly popular at my house if served with waffles and marketed as “Breakfast for Dinner!”

Thanks for visiting.



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