On another site, I do a bit of professional blogging. The blogging includes education topics (K-12 as well as postsecondary) and topics related to small businesses. For this site, I would like to keep things on the personal side.
Who am I? Well, for a lot of years I taught middle school level special education classes—emotionally disturbed and learning disabled students. To give myself a break (actually, to provide myself the opportunity for some positive feedback), I spent a long spell of time in the middle of the teaching to prepare user-controlled report programs for some high profile companies. Then I decided to go back to school to get another education degree—this time, a doctorate.
Hobbies include reading, especially mysteries and semi-Goth works. I’ve got to say, I really don’t like Goth romances. Give me Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files novels, or Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan thrillers, and I’m happy for hours. Yes, I’ve read all the Anne Rice vampire novels, and started to find them getting rather ponderous toward the end of the series—almost as though she were being forced to write them under threat of her demise. However, the Southern Vampire Series continues to hold my interest (Go, True Blood!).
When it comes to mysteries, my favorite authors include Patricia Cornwell, Elizabeth George, PD James, John Le Carre, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum adventures. The Plum books are particularly entertaining to me because I lived in the Chambersburg area of Trenton, NJ, for a few years, where I drove many of the same streets as Stephanie; like Stephanie, I even went to Douglass College in New Brunswick.
Right now, while business is somewhat slow, I’m working on a bunch of projects, not the least of which includes learning web site design. Although I minimally programmed for PCs during my programming days (yes, I wrote code for those mega-ton mainframes), I figure the same logic should ultimately apply at the heart of the online stuff.
Well, I’ve got work to do. More rambles next time!