My family and I moved to Missouri from Plano, Texas in August 2006, just as our son entered his junior year at Marquette. My professional background is in mechanical engineering, with a degree from The University of Texas. I took a leave of absence to focus on motherhood in 1990. Except for 9 months that I worked as a contract engineer on the International Space Station when our son was in first grade, I have remained unemployed by choice. Over the years, I have studied photography, ceramics, and other areas of art. I am passionate about life - in particular family, nature, gardening, cooking, social justice, spirituality, reading and photography, to name a few. I am an avid recycler and thrift store shopper. I am prone to flit from one activity to another, often leaving a trail of unfinished projects.
This year I am learning about organic vegetable gardening, with a commitment to preservation of plant diversity. I blog at dancingwoman.wordpress.com about gardening and occasional random thoughts. I have 3 plots in two community gardens and various edibles on our deck.
I also blog at dancingwomanlocal.wordpress.com about "All things Local". Among my passions is the belief in community - I grew up in a small north Texas town, in an era when people went to bed at night and simply locked the screen door - just to keep the bugs out. We frequently socialized with neighbors, family and friends. These connections to other people are very important to me. I find much joy in being able to visit with other members of my community when I'm out and about. Blogging is a way for me to "visit" with folks every where.