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(Just Who Do I Think I Am, Anyway?)
I was born and grew up in Columbia, Missouri, moved out of state for grad school and jobs, then came back to Missouri . . . and somehow I’m still here. My sweetie and I bought my grandma’s house in Jefferson City in 2001, and all kinds of things have resulted from that—both frustrations and glory.
Oh, by the way, I’m a freelance book editor and publishing consultant, but this blog is my chance to be anything but an editor! Apologies in advance, but I’m too poor to hire an editor for my own writing, and I don’t have the time to devote to editorial polish here.
My interests are wide, but there are some things that can hold my attention for especially long periods of time. For instance, I love natural history—plants, fungi, bugs, aquatic things, birds, you name it—and hiking is what truly brings me home.
I also love good food. Most recently, I’ve been teaching myself how to cook German dishes, since that’s my heritage and the older generation is slipping away, but I love Indian cuisine as well and can also make an awesome Mexican fiesta. Mediterranean? Yes. Vegetarian? Often. Sushi? Check. Grandma’s vintage Maytag Dutch Oven gas range came with the house, and the whole kitchen has excellent mojo.
I should also mention that I have a tendency to be depressed; I created this blog in part to remind myself of all the things there are here in Central Missouri, in the Ozarks, and all around me, to be happy and enthusiastic about.
Of course it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, but you really can find coolness and authenticity in unlikely places. And that’s what I’m trying to highlight here.
If you want to contact me, simply leave a comment on a post and I’ll see that you have done so and respond. Maybe I’m overcautious at this point, but well, you know—I’m trying to avoid spammers and stalkers and what-not.
Finally, thank you for reading my blog. Leave me a comment to let me know you’ve stopped by!
I hope you enjoy your little peek into my day-to-day observations and reflections.
As of late Dec. 2011, I've turned on Blogspot's "comments moderation" feature, which means that all comments come to me first as an e-mail, and then I approve them, before they are posted.
No, I don't like this at all, but in the past few weeks I've been spammed with dozens of "comments" from cheap overseas pharmaceutical vendors. Blogspot refuses to send comments with words like viagra to anyone's spam inbox, just on the off-chance that erectile dysfunction would be a genuine topic on someone's blog. (Who knew it was such a popular topic! Most of the blogs I've seen are about cooking, kids, gardening, traveling, and amateur poetry!)
Too bad they can't figure out a way for bloggers to customize their spam filters with verboten keywords (I can think of a couple dozen words I'd like to screen first), but I guess Blogger's technology is not up to speed on that yet!
Anyway--sorry that there is currently a lag time between your commenting and its appearance on my blog. Hopefully the ersatz cialis vendors will lay off soon, and I can lower the drawbridge again.