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The most recent posts on this site are listed in the sidebar. Specific pages with relatively static content are at the top of the sidebar. If this is your first introduction to me, you might want to read the static pages first to get a feel for my interests and passions. To see a list of other websites (mostly blogs) I maintain, check out the “Other Sites” page.

The purpose of this website is two-fold: to allow people who know me to easily find all my projects and interests in just one place, and to provide a platform by which I can establish a sort of “brand” for this name which I have been using for well over ten years now.

If you know me in person, you may be surprised to find my finger in so many pies. If you know me from online adventures only, you may be interested to know how truly boring and mundane my real-time life actually is!

In 2007 when this was originally published, I wrote: I am a forty-plus mother of two, spouse of one, pack leader if you prefer (my dogs do). I like to garden, sing, paint, draw, play on the computer, write, dream and make pretty things.

This should now (2014) be amended to: I am a fifty-ish mother of two, spouse of one, teacher of many; student, learner, gardener, singer, painter, artist, time-waster, writer, and dreamer. After a long and difficult 18 months following a house fire, the residents are fewer in the home, but the garden remains, and we are all growing and improving daily — as the plants do.

I am shy and rather awkward in person, especially in large groups, but I enjoy sitting down with friends over tea, or walking through public gardens and museums. I completely lose my shyness around plants!

I earned a basic college degree, but my only jobs after college needed no more than a high school diploma and perhaps a class or two of college math. Since soon after the birth of our elder child I had been a full-time mother with occasional temporary work on the side for friends and family. In 2011 I earned a Master’s in Teaching, subbing in local schools to pay for student loans, and in 2013 I landed my first full-year position teaching middle school Language Arts. In 2014 I am starting a new phase teaching elementary school.

I have had a small business doing minor web design; and another making greeting cards and small clothing items (currently hand-painted scarves and ties). Those activities were put on hiatus while I attend graduate school for a Master’s in Teaching, and then while I got my career started. Now that we are “home” again I hope to begin painting again, and perhaps add in some web design later.

Some technical details about this site… our domain host is DreamHost, and we use WordPress as the CMS/blog software. WordPress is free, but requires some ability to understand what to upload and how to connect things on your server — probably not for blogging beginners. If you are looking for a domain host, and decide to use DreamHost, there is a bit of a bonus to us if you tell them we sent you. From a personal point of view, we have used them for about three years and they provide good service with only one short downtime that I can remember. Tom handles the technical stuff, but from what I remember early on with the user interface for them it was pretty straighforward and easy to use. For me, easy is the deciding factor!

I imported previous blog entries from stidmama.blogspot.com and the wordpress blog I kept at the family website — these are not well-labeled, and the timeline overlaps.  But it extends the archives back an extra couple years.

I still occasionally make a tech post on my livejournal site… but now usually cross-post between both when I have something to say about technology.

If you wish to read the story I write (was working on before I went back to school), please visit Babblestory.com. Like so much, the story had to take a break while I was a student again, and hasn’t been picked up again (yet). Soon, I hope!

I found a cool site that generates a Disclosure statement.  Here’s mine:

This policy is valid from 05 February 2011/renewed 23 Aug 2014

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. We write for our own purposes. However, we may be influenced by our background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.

This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.

The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

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