Want to know more about me? Read on. And on.
Domestically speaking, I’m a mother (two preschoolers – eek!), a wife and home owner. I am owned by one very demanding cat.
My formal education consists of a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (and with a minor in Computer Science (I also attended Stevens Institute of Technology). I have my M.Ed. in Technology in Education from Lesley University.
My hobbies and interests are varied. I love playing with my kids, singing with them, and just watching them grow and learn. I enjoy all manner of paper arts – papermaking, bookbinding, marbling, rubber stamping, collage, and I could go on and on. I dabble in some other things as well (jewelry, clay, digital artwork). I read, read, readâ (some of my favorite authors include Laurell K. Hamilton, Rumer Godden, Maya Angelou, J.K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Diane Dreher, Erich Segal, Shel Silverstein, Ambrose Bierce, Jennifer Weiner, and Pearl Cleage). Basically, I’ll read chick-lit, horror, romance, sci-fi/fantasy, self-help, business, historical, instructional, general fiction (adult and young adult), and probably some other things I can’t think of. I’m a TV addict, and I enjoy catching a movie now and again. I love traveling, but don’t do it much as I got a bit burnt out in my last job (oh, yeah, and now I’m a MOM). I like surfing the web and videogames, as well as board games. I write, do projects around the house, bake, hang out with friends, and am a champion napper.
I am a freelance writer with a regular gig at About.com, Common Sense Media and Mom Blog Magazine. I am also a sales rep for Barefoot Books (gorgeous multi-cultural children’s books). I am a certified gold mystery shopper, but am on hiatus.
In past lives I worked in a video store, National Park bookstore, and greeting card shop. I worked with a high-end front-projection TV company, for Exxon (ack), a non-profit database analysis company, Peace Games (a violence prevention/safe school non-profit), and the Museum of Science in Boston. I also did a year of AmeriCorps with the NCCC in Aberdeen, MD. I have worked and volunteered with young people in various settings from after-school, to in-school tutoring, to mentoring. I have written and managed grants, managed volunteers and staff, designed HR policies, planned and run training sessions, conferences, and retreats for adults and teens, designed an organizational technology plan, done some software coding, and more. I love having work to do that’s varied and ever-evolving. I do not handle boredom well!
Since this is more than you could ever want to know, I’ll stop here. If something interests you and you’d like to know more about it, give me a shout!