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naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (self-portrait)

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Created on 2009-07-27 18:23:23 (#431311), last updated 2017-06-11 (1 week ago)

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Name:naturedance
Location:United States of America
Website:Adele: Rolling in the Geeks
This journal contains some content originally posted over at my LiveJournal from 2002 to 2008, and from a Wordpress blog from 2001 to 2009. The LJ started out as a joy and gratitude journal. Think of a cross between the simplest Good Things, and the magazines Real Simple and Yankee. Think of the Anne Morrow Lindbergh book Gift From The Sea. Think Amish, Shaker, Craftsman, and Mission furniture styles. Think naturalist, humanist, feminist, Unitarian, Quaker, Wicca, Druid, and Pagan living. I randomly included recipes, poems, essays, nostalgic memories, and ideas that I'd tried to make my life better. I'd included little tidbits and tricks that I've found make my daily life easier or happier. When I started the journal in 2002, I'd decided that it was time for some positive vibes in my life.

Additionally, I made some posts about making a difference. Part of feeling good about ourselves is making a difference in things we care about, things we feel are important. So I also posted information about volunteer and charity opportunities, and some activism.

As my journaling style evolved, it got a bit more random, a bit more sporadic, and in 2009 I relocated to Dreamwidth, because Dreamwidth rocks my socks. I removed all of my content from LJ because LJ continually disappoints me.

This journal consists almost exclusively of public posts. Anyone is welcome to friend this journal at any time. And hey, if anyone reading this knows me offline? If you are comfortable doing so, drop me an email or a private DW message so I can figure out who is which pseudonym!

Hmm. I suppose I could say something more about me, huh?

I'm a generalist science geek. Grew up in Indiana, came to Pasadena for college and have been living around Los Angeles ever since. Started out studying math or physics, changed to chemistry, figured out I liked writing and talking about research more than I liked doing protein chemistry, changed to geology and then learned HTML and got a work-study job at the computer center. Ended up with a bachelors in geochemistry and marketable IT and communications skills and a social network of Blacker Hovse, chem department and geo department alumns of various vintages. Worked as a webmaster/marketing organizer at a tech/telecom startup company for a bit, and then came back to my alma mater as IT staff: webmaster, documentation guru, Unix sysadmin, project manager, accounts wrangler and knowledge manager. In the summer of 2005 I enrolled in Claremont Graduate University part time, working toward an MSIS degree. In the late fall of 2005 Caltech did a major reorg of their IT departments and laid a bunch of folks off, which efficiently derailed my graduate studies; I contracted for six months and am now staff at USC doing IT project management, falling up the management & leadership ladder. In 2007 I was made an honorary member of the ITS hardware team which was recognized by the departmental peer awards for excellence in collaboration for pulling rabbits out of hats in getting the Unix Enterprise data center moved to our new building, and the feeling of being part of something and being appreciated for my work was overwhelmingly wonderful (and I don't know why I've let myself go for so long without trying to find that feeling in the past). In 2008 I was named ITS Most Valuable Employee, so the way I figure it, I've really found my niche, because I love what I do.

My resume is available on LinkedIn, and I'd eventually like to relocate northward along the west coast of the US to find a more hospitable climate, so if you're in Washington or Oregon and would like to hire me, I'm happy to talk to you, despite being very happy at my current job.

I find gardening cheaper and more useful than therapy or organized religion. I find peace and solace in open spaces full of growing things. I believe humanity needs to explore beyond our planet to have a better perspective on ourselves and our universe. I believe that no single religion has all the answers, nor even all of the questions. I believe that America and our world deserves better than the mess made by megacorporations and politicians. And I believe that each individual person can make a difference.

I enjoy gardening, camping (day-hiking, car-camping and backpacking wonderful wild places), writing, crochet, knitting, dancing, cooking, tatting (that's making shuttle lace, not tattoos!), sewing, creative writing, reading, needlepoint, going to farmers markets and flea markets, Shakespearean comedies, music of many many many different types, science fiction, educational television, mythology, marking the passage of the seasons, road trips, learning about ancient cultures, and enjoying good food with good friends (when I'm not in the mood for being a hermit).

I'm independent, feminist, environmentalist, and I care very much about equal rights for everybody regardless of gender or skin color or sexual orientation. I'm intolerant of intolerance. I'm a member of the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, the Nature Conservancy, The Sequoia Natural History Association, Descanso Gardens, the System Administrator's Guild, and perhaps most importantly career-wise, LOPSA, the league of professional system administrators and the Project Management Institute. I'm a former-for-budgetary-reasons member of the International Webmasters Association & HTML Writers Guild, USENIX, and NARAL Pro-Choice America. I contribute to and when time allows I volunteer with the Organization for Transformative Works. I'm a workaholic and a perfectionist striving for better work-life balance, and idleness is not in my nature.

I post professional career related stuff at adeleshakal.com.

Within the past year or two, I've found myself in the role of fairy godmother and extra bonus grownup to four girls aged from elementary to middle school. This change represents a major addition and expansion to my life, and while it's introduced more complexity, I'm thankful every day that I have this opportunity.

Welcome to my journal. You can treat it as my front porch... pull up a comfy chair and set a spell... you're welcome to the virtual tea and lemonade, cookies and brownies, but please be polite and civil with myself and anyone else commenting here. Thank you!
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