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message 1: by Susie (new)

Susie | 4488 comments This post makes me want to know more about all of you, like your ages, how many children, what you all look like etc. I always create mental pictures of people, and then one of you will mention something that will throw my mental picture in to disarray!


message 2: by Ladyslott (last edited Dec 29, 2017 09:54PM) (new)

Ladyslott | 1880 comments Susie wrote: "This post makes me want to know more about all of you, like your ages, how many children, what you all look like etc. I always create mental pictures of people, and then one of you will mention som..."

I am 65 this year, how did that happen? I have three daughters and three granddaughters. I am married for 30 years to my second husband and father to my two youngest. Best step-dad to my oldest daughter - she considers him her dad - rightfully so.....

You can request friendship on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Ladyslott

I do screen all requests, so if there is anything you can say to make me know who you are that is helpful.


message 3: by KateNZ (new)

KateNZ | 2211 comments Susie wrote: "This post makes me want to know more about all of you, like your ages, how many children, what you all look like etc. I always create mental pictures of people, and then one of you will mention som..."

I just sent you a FB friend request, Susie :)


message 4: by Susie (new)

Susie | 4488 comments I’ve hijacked Anita’s post!

I’m forty and am married to the love of my life. We’ve been together since we were eighteen. We live in Melbourne, Australia, although he is a New Zealand born Samoan who is also a quarter Chinese. We have two kids, Will, 9, and Ollie, 7. Ollie has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. I’m a highly qualified social worker who works as a gardener at a primary school!! My background is working in adolescent alcohol and other drugs, but my twelve hour a week gardening job suits me for now. I’m quietly hoping that the well-being officer at the school will resign some time soon! ;-)


message 5: by Anita (new)

Anita Pomerantz | 6276 comments Hijack away because I love the new direction! In fact, I just learned something new about Linda, and I thought I knew her story.

This is a great idea. Why haven't we ever done this . . .

My bio is kinda boring, but for the sake of participation . . .I'm 51 and live in a county right outside of Baltimore (soon to be the city). I'm married to a former interventional cardiologist turned hospital administrator (chairman of medicine). And in a little known fact, we are third cousins. I don't tell anyone this, so anyone who actually reads this can marvel how much I love and trust the members here. I didn't meet him though until college. We have two sons. One is newly launched (data scientist) and one is in college (and I fear he might end up married before he ends up launched).

I have an unused MBA in marketing because I quit the working world after my second child was born. I now do freelance bookkeeping for a landscaping company and a lot of volunteer work for a philanthropic group here in town. My real passions though are baseball and reading and food. I'm a dedicated runner even though I hate racing and oftentimes don't even like running that much, but I love eating, so running permits that. I like cooking and wish I was better at it. I keep trying.


message 6: by Anita (last edited Dec 30, 2017 05:25AM) (new)

Anita Pomerantz | 6276 comments Book Concierge wrote: "Oh ... and the building / apartment looks fabulous!

My husband and I cannot agree on city-living vs suburban condo. He used to live in Manhattan so is enamored of high-rise living. On the other ha..."


Thank you, BC, for your book divesting strategy and your nice words about the apartment. I can understand the quandry. I love feeding the birds in my yard, and that will be gone now. I will miss doing it and seeing them. I'm very enthusiastic about ditching home maintenance though. I hate everything about it. And I'm very minimalist in my decorating taste which doesn't go with my house at all, but will be well suited for the new apartment. I like everything all clean and neat looking and kinda modern. Something I definitely am not achieving now.

But agree having a basement is awesome.


message 7: by Book Concierge (new)

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 5631 comments Susie ... you're so right about "knowing" yet NOT knowing much about each other here!

I was named after my grandfather - because I was born on his birthday and my grandmother insisted "it's a SIGN!." My mother relented but hated the name, so she called me Tessa from the day I was born. I didn't know my real name until I went to school, and the nun called the roll that first morning. Of course I didn't respond, and when she told me I was to say "here" I said, "That's not my name." Anyway ... I can always tell if someone calling me on the phone actually knows me. If they don't ask for Tessa I know it's a marketer or some such.

I grew up in Texas; came to Milwaukee for college at the age of 17 and fell in love with winter (I hate hot weather). Stayed here after graduation.

I'm married to a disabled Vietnam Veteran (combat infantry platoon leader, Airborne Ranger). We met through an add in a single's magazine (before the internet). First marriage for both of us; I was 40 and he was approaching 50. We live in a suburb of Milwaukee WI. No children; no pets. He retired from international business 20 years ago; I recently retired from healthcare administration at a major medical center (turned 67 in December). Loving retirement.

I volunteer for a local all-girl's school serving at-risk children; am on the board of my local library; and on the board of the Skylight Music Theatre. In the past I also worked on the Milwaukee Art Museum's Lakefront Festival of Arts (from 1980 thru 2014), and served on the board of the Milwaukee Public Museum.

My undergraduate degree is in psychology and philosophy, and I started my working career in the Department of Corrections. I was a probation / parole officer with a caseload of adult male felons - everything from worthless checks to murder. Once upon a time I was a drill sergeant in the Army Reserve.


message 8: by Tracy (last edited Dec 30, 2017 07:17AM) (new)

Tracy (tstan) | 1182 comments I’m a 5th generation Grinnellian- my family has been on our farm outside Grinnell, Iowa for about 150 years. My avatar is a sunset over the pasture/prairie that I planted my house on.
This next year I’ll be celebrating the 21st anniversary of my 29th birthday.
I have two sons, one working in collegiate student affairs and the other applying for jobs and grad schools for clinical psych research.
I’m also the feeder and alpha to a boxer and a mini dachshund. They keep my husband of 26 years and me entertained!

I’m a pharmacist lucky enough to work from home. Most smaller hospitals can’t afford to provide the strongly recommended 24 hour pharmacy coverage. That’s where my company comes in- we log into hospital systems after hours and verify physician medication orders and answer questions from the onsite staff. I love it, because I don’t have to dress up to go to work (sweat pants, no bra)!
And I get more reading time, because I listen to audiobooks most nights.

I have been tutoring some high school students, mostly with math that I have to look up, and that they already knew anyway. But if their education provides them with the ability to make good choices, then I’m proud to have that small role.


message 9: by ~*Kim*~ (new)

~*Kim*~ | 461 comments I'm a 42 year old divorced (after 18 years) mom to 2. My 19 year old lives on her own near campus and my 16 year old son lives with his dad (his choice, not mine, even though he was living with me up until about a month ago). I have a degree in Social Psychology and I work in the call center at the Texas Attorney General's office as a child support officer. I've been there for 3 1/2 years. My Ex was military, so we travelled a lot and I am Tennessee born.

I have a rather boring social life as I don't have many friends here (2 of my closest friends moved to Louisiana). I obviously read a lot and watch TV. Haven't met Mr. Right yet, but maybe some day I will.


message 10: by Amy (new)

Amy | 8278 comments I feel like we should sort of save these, so we could kind of have an anthology to look back on and sort of cross-reference. Maybe it would be nice to have a thread for a PBT who are you blurb.

Mine is this: 49 and two days. Thank you everyone who acknowledged my birthday after my shameless self-promotion - lol!

Married 21 years, we live outside Boston with our three sons, the illiterate athletes I have referred to in the past. Actually the second grader is showing some rare recent interest in self-reading, so there may be hope. I adore my illiterate beautiful funny dynamic children, they are almost 15, 12.5 (bar mitzvah in June) and 7.5. We have one beautiful loving labradoodle, who is currently driving me crazy with her excess of voice. It is a very loud dynamic but loving household here, and we do an amazing amount of sports.

I am a Psychologist in private practice. My husband has had a varied career, but his latest stint is Real Estate. And because he is authentic and warm and connective, and trustworthy, I think he does really well. He truly cares deeply and defies the stereotype you might hold. But if you are moving to this area, he's the guy to call.

I went to Brandeis for undergraduate, majored in Psychology and minored in Music, Legal Studies, and Philosophy. I got my masters at Harvard, and my doctorate through NYU.

Despite the fact that I watch a lot of TV, (love character development, plot, dialogue, twists, - so books are also film/movies, theater, TV and the like), I am sort of a secret scholar. I have my own unusual nerdy interests that I can get quirkily get involved in.

I sing - often, loudly, and whenever I can. These days in an acapella group with elder women, to jazz standards and other songs between the 1920's and the 1970's. I love skiing, hiking, puzzles, games, writing, the beach and the mountains. I enjoy traveling, and just about anything we do together as a family. I enjoy going out to dinner, and can get delighted by the various temptations. I enjoy a tremendous amount of friendships and sacred conversation. I'm pretty active, and I stay fairly joyful.

I love my work, and I feel like its a great privilege to have transformative relationships for a living. I learn from and with my patients every day about what is important in life - and how to be resilient from whatever life throws out at you. Meaning making and connections are the most important thing in life - and if you don't believe me, take a look at my dissertation (from 1994-2007), or just look at the power of our group. So pleased to share myself with you all, and learn a little bit more about everyone. Again, kind of wish there was some sort of thread that this could go into to save.


message 11: by Anita (new)

Anita Pomerantz | 6276 comments OMG, this is the BEST. I can't believe we never did this before.

So excited to get to know BC and Kim better . . .definitely learning new things and changing my picture of each of you!

Hope others chime in!!


message 12: by Anita (new)

Anita Pomerantz | 6276 comments Tracy wrote: "I’m a 5th generation Grinnellian- my family has been on our farm outside Grinnell, Iowa for about 150 years. My avatar is a sunset over the pasture/prairie that I planted my house on.
This next ye..."


I love your profile pic! How neat that is where you live!! And your job sounds perfect . . .honestly, I liked your entire description of your life.


message 13: by KateNZ (new)

KateNZ | 2211 comments I'm a lawyer in Wellington, New Zealand. I live with my husband and my mother just north of the city, looking out over a very pretty sea inlet, which does my heart good every time I open my curtains in the morning.

My undergrad degree in the UK was in languages, but when I moved to NZ 28 years ago, I went to law school and haven't looked back since (either with my country of residence or my occupation of choice).

I did my degree part time as I was solo parenting with two very small children by then. Lectured at the law faculty for 10 years, then gave up my tenure to shift into a regulatory job for another decade. Now I'm in private practice - Career 3.0. I'm just about to turn 54, so there's a chance this job will last me through to retirement (aka Career 4.0), but who knows what the future holds :)

My second husband, of nearly 21 years, is a partner at the firm I work at - he's technically my boss, which we both find hilarious, though I'm rarely on deck at the firm at the moment as I'm contracting for a couple of our major government departments in my specialist area (data protection/privacy with a smattering of freedom of information thrown in for good measure).

My two gorgeous boys are now grown, are independent tax-paying citizens, and are Other Women's Problems - the elder (IT security - aka legit hacker) is married and the younger (government policy adviser) might as well be. They still live locally and we see a lot of one another. No grandchildren yet, though it would be lovely if it happened. I adore their kind, feisty, clever partners and I'm eternally thankful that they all have such happy lives.

Never the most athletic of souls, I'm currently trying to get fitter by taking long walks in our gorgeous countryside. I sing in a local choir (enthusiastically, if not expertly) and sometimes remember to pick up my embroidery - when I can find it under all the books.


message 14: by Tracy (new)

Tracy (tstan) | 1182 comments Anita wrote: "Tracy wrote: "I’m a 5th generation Grinnellian- my family has been on our farm outside Grinnell, Iowa for about 150 years. My avatar is a sunset over the pasture/prairie that I planted my house on...."

Coming from the woman who’s moving into the ultracondo! Hahaha!
Thank you- I’m very lucky. And my home is always open to anyone who finds themself in the area!


message 15: by Anita (new)

Anita Pomerantz | 6276 comments Tracy, I like extremes. Very nature-y and rural or very urban and modern. It is my current suburban state that strikes me pretty (but not beautiful), convenient (but not walkable), close to shopping (in strip malls). But maybe familiarity breeds contempt lol. I might miss it once I move . . .hence the renting.


message 16: by Barbara M (new)

Barbara M (barbara-m) | 2182 comments I will be 71 in 5 more days - can't believe it! I'm married for 50 years to my best friend and supporter. He got me through 10 years of college after our two children enter the school system. I got my BA in History at a local college working part-time and school full-time. My Master's of Library Science was from SUNY- Albany, a 2 hours drive from home while I worked full-time and went to school part-time. I've worked mostly in Public Libraries with a 3 years stint at a small college library.

We have two sons, two grandsons and one granddaughter that is the apple of my husband's eye. My husband retired at 55 and we retired to Central Florida. However, I worked for another 10 years during which time I had the wonderful experience of building a fantastic Public Library with great public support. I'm loving retirement and can now read all the books I put off - librarians often don't get a chance to read! I also learned how to quilt, took up bowling again, love to cook, and work out with Zumba to try and keep off the pounds.


message 17: by Rachel N. (new)

Rachel N. | 1440 comments This thread definitely needs to be renamed, maybe then we can get more autobiographies from members.

I'm in my 40's and live in southeast Michigan. I'm a biologist working for the Army Corps of Engineers. My first husband died unexpectedly in 2009. I've been fortunate enough to meet another wonderful man whom I'm engaged to. His daughter lives with us and his two boys are in Florida. The youngest visits during the summer and for Christmas. We also share the house with a Jack Russell mix and a cat, both of whom are rescue animals. Along with reading I love playing bells in my churches bell choir.


message 18: by LibraryCin (new)

LibraryCin | 8118 comments Ok, my turn. Probably many of you know this stuff.

I'm Cindy and I'm a librarian. 45 years old. I've never been married. Grew up in a small town in Southern Saskatchewan, but have lived in Calgary, Alberta almost the entire time since I finished high school. My undergrad degree is in anthropology (cultural), and I have a Masters of Library and Information Studies. I currently work in an academic library - my main thing is cataloguing, but that has expanded to included other duties in the past few years, as well.

Most of you know this. I love animals, particularly cats. I have three of my own and I volunteer for a no-kill cat shelter, as well, mostly working with shy and some feral cats to try to socialize them to be ok with humans, so they can be more easily adopted out. I also recently started volunteering for a facebook page for lost and found pets in and around Calgary.

I read, a lot. I have cut down on the amount of tv and movies I watch to fit in more reading.

I bought a house (one side of a duplex, really) about a year and a half ago.

I used to ballroom dance. I never competed - it was just for fun. That was off and on for about 15 years. Later, I took bellydance lessons, again off and on, for a few years.

I've just started something new: contra dance. It's folk dancing, but sort of reminds me of square dancing (though the music is different) because there is a "caller". You can be dancing in lines, a circle of four people, or just with two of you. If you are interested to see what it is, there are lots of youtube videos. We also learned the dance from a wedding in the Mockingjay movie a couple of months back. :-)


message 19: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 5493 comments Amy wrote: "I sing - often, loudly, and whenever I can. These days in an acapella group with elder women, to jazz standards and other songs between the 1920's and the 1970's."

Amy, that is so interesting, I have a long time online friend who lives in the Boston area and is also in a jazz acappella group. She is a science teacher.


message 20: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 5493 comments Wow! I love reading these. It is so hard to think of where to start, so I guess I'll start at the beginning and move from there. 65 years ago, I was born in upstate NY and grew up on a farm that had been in our family for 4 generations. Growing up on a farm, I learned to love nature, animals and gardening. Both my parents were readers, so I quickly became one.

I moved to CA with ex after receiving BS in Education in 1980. I married current and loving hubby of 35 years. I got my MS in Early Childhood Education and worked for quite a few years as an administrator to a large center on a UC campus. I completely burnt out as an administrator and wanted to get back to teaching so work now as a head teacher and mentor teacher at a small community college preschool which is walking distance from my house. I love it, but do look forward to retiring sometime in the not too distant future.

My husband and I do not have children but we have 2 cats who we love dearly, Rosie and Roxanne( as in the Police song.) And besides reading and gardening, I do love blues music.


message 21: by JoLene (new)

JoLene (trvl2mtns) | 1532 comments Love hearing about everyone!!

Let's see --- I was born in a small town in Illinois, but my parents moved to New Orleans when I was 12 and I consider that my hometown. I went to college in TX (Houston) and then grad school in AZ. Moved out to California for a job (temporarily) as a programmer which then turned into project/program manager. I got sent to France (Grenoble) for a job and lived there for 2.5 years. Came back to CA so my temporary move has now been 25 years.

I actually met my husband in France --- he came over on a business trip with someone that I knew. He was intrigued about working overseas and ended up getting a job in the same group I worked in. We became great friends and travel buddies, and only 8 years later started dating. We celebrate our 10 yr anniversary next May. No kids, but 2 boxer-lab mix dogs.

I love to travel and have been to about 65 countries. I'm also a knitter and worked in a knitting store and needlepoint store after I retired from my high tech job. I am also a breast cancer survivor --- unfortunately, it was caught a late, so I will always be on medicine, but I am lucky that I live in the San Francisco bay area and my doctors are at Stanford. I do tease my husband that he married a low maintenance girl who turned into a high maintenance "old lady" since now I'm pretty careful about what I eat and the personal care and cleaning products.


message 22: by Susie (new)

Susie | 4488 comments How wonderful to read about all of you!


message 23: by Book Concierge (new)

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 5631 comments I am SOOOoo enjoying this thread and everyone's biographies!

Amy ... "psychology and philosophy" twin ... And they said those majors wouldn't lead to meaningful employment!

And I'm glad that Anita and CIndy added a bit more to what I've learned about them over the years.


message 24: by Cora (new)

Cora (corareading) | 1309 comments I am 42-years old and I have three children. My oldest son is 15 my younger son is turning 10 this month and my daughter is 12. I have been married for 17 years and I am a stay at home mom. I live in Maryland, in the DC suburbs. I have a B.S. in ecology, a B.A. in government and politics (both from the University of Maryland) and a Masters of Environmental Studies from Yale. I once had the ambition to work in endangered species conservation but after staying home with my kids for 15 years I find myself overeducated and under experienced. I am now pondering what I want to be when I grow up. My husband is a self employed software developer.

I love photography and I am a member of my local camera club. I have a black belt in Tang Soo Do (although I have not practiced much lately). Our house is also the home to our dog Shadow and two guinea pigs, Nibbles and Patches.


message 25: by Nicole R (last edited Dec 31, 2017 08:20AM) (new)

Nicole R (drnicoler) | 7692 comments Well, I guess it is my turn even though I am pretty much an open book (Obviously, witty is the first trait I am sharing about myself! Lol)

I am 35 (ugh, officially mid-thirties) I am from a smallish town outside of Kansas City, Missouri, where my extremely large family all still lives. My immediate family consists of my parents and my younger brother, and we are super close.

After getting a BS in biology at Missouri State, I moved to the Bahamas for a bit, then worked as a chemist at an animal pharmaceutical company, before moving to Rhode Island to get my PhD in biology. I also did a little stint in Monterey, CA, during that time.

After graduation, I moved to DC and worked on The Hill for almost three years—both in the Senate and the House and for both Republicans and Democrats.

For the last 4+ years I have been the Assistant Director of the Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island. I live in Providence, which I LOVE!

I also decided about 4 years ago that I wanted a law degree. So, I am a part time law student on top of my full time job.

When I am not working, schooling, or reading, I love catching up with a slew of friends all over the country, visiting said friends on mini trips, and just generally being around other people (I am very very social and outgoing. Extrovert for sure). I have two lifelong friends and am “auntie” to their combined four daughters.

I do not have pets because I am never home, but I would love to have a dog when I transition to my next career. Which will be in less than two years as I finish my law degree in May 2019 and will be Dr. Nicole R, esquire ;)


message 26: by LibraryCin (new)

LibraryCin | 8118 comments Book Concierge wrote: And I'm glad that Anita and CIndy added a bit more to what I've learned about them over the years...."

I was trying to think of something that people might not know, but that's a tough one for those who I have as friends on facebook, as I post way too much over there! At least for friends here who aren't on facebook, I thought the dancing might be something new. :-)


message 27: by annapi (last edited Jan 03, 2018 07:33PM) (new)

annapi | 4904 comments I agree these bios should be transferred to another thread where we can look them up all the time!

I'm 53, originally from the Philippines but moved to California in June 1990, when my then-boyfriend of 8 years (long distance for 4 of them) bought me a ticket to the US ostensibly to marry him. Arrived in San Francisco and within weeks discovered he had been cheating on me the whole time we'd been apart, dumped his sorry ass, and moved to Southern California with a friend. Overstayed my tourist visa as I could not face the family back home, and was illegal for awhile, before I met my husband, an American, in 1992. He proposed to me 3 weeks after our first date, and we were married 8 months later (first marriage for both of us), which solved the illegal problem but I swear was not the reason I said yes! We'll be celebrating our 25th anniversary in Sep 2018. We live in Long Beach and have a 15-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old son, and currently have 2 dogs, a Maltese and a Havanese.

My mother says I've been reading since I was 2, and I like to say books are my only vice. I graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1989 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine, which I have never really used as I moved to the US shortly after that and never got licensed to practice here, at first working as a veterinary technician and later getting a job in the computer field, mostly as a program coordinator/data analyst. I got laid off 2 years ago and am working part time as a courier now while still looking.

I learned to scuba dive at 12, my father was one of the pioneer divers of the Philippines and my mother used to run a dive resort, so I spent my teenage/twenties diving for free, and later getting paid to guide groups. Took a sailing class at around 14, and leaned to windsurf from my first boyfriend at 16, eventually getting paid to teach it at the resort. You can guess where all my weekends were spent.

We had a family reunion in the Philippines this past July, the first time our kids were able to appreciate being there as the last time I was back home they were only 2 and 1, and their favorite part of the month-long vacation was taking an introductory to scuba course, where they saw a sea turtle on their first dive. Unfortunately our resort has been long gone since I left, so we couldn't afford to pay for a full certification for them.

I'm not a very social person, so I don't really get out much - both my husband a I are introverts and we have a small circle of friends. This group really satisfies most of my need for socialization though I do wish my kids would make friends with people whose parents were more compatible with us so we could have more close friendships! They are both readers, though sadly not to the extent I am. (Same with hubby.)


message 28: by Anita (new)

Anita Pomerantz | 6276 comments I'm conferring with Nicole, but thinking that I can edit the topic and delete the comments about my inability to part with my books - - and just save these wonderful bios in their own thread. Without even needing to move them or anything. And leaving people's ability to edit them intact.


message 29: by Anita (new)

Anita Pomerantz | 6276 comments annapi wrote: "I agree these bios should be transferred to another thread where we can look them up all the time!

I'm 53, originally from the Philippines but moved to California in June 1990, when my then-boyfri..."


Wow, the story of your early years could be the basis of a novel! I want to hate your long term boyfriend, but if it wasn't for him, you wouldn't have met your amazing husband of 25 years. Love that story . . .

As a fellow introvert, I can totally relate to your last paragraph.


message 30: by Anita (new)

Anita Pomerantz | 6276 comments Cora wrote: "I am 42-years old and I have three children. My oldest son is 15 my younger son is turning 10 this month and my daughter is 12. I have been married for 17 years and I am a stay at home mom. I live ..."

Nibbles and Patches are the cutest guinea pig names! Love that there is a fellow Marylander here in addition to my IRL friend, Kelly.


message 31: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 5493 comments Anita wrote: "I'm conferring with Nicole, but thinking that I can edit the topic and delete the comments about my inability to part with my books - - and just save these wonderful bios in their own thread. Witho..."

I did enjoy the conversation about keeping or setting books free and finding out about where you will be living. So beautiful!

Perhaps we can start a thread about book hoarding.


message 32: by Anita (new)

Anita Pomerantz | 6276 comments Booknblues wrote: "Anita wrote: "I'm conferring with Nicole, but thinking that I can edit the topic and delete the comments about my inability to part with my books - - and just save these wonderful bios in their own..."

Thank you! I think we are going to try to preserve those thoughts by moving them over to a new thread and then using this one for the autobiographies so we don't lose the comments!


message 33: by Denizen (new)

Denizen (den13) | 1138 comments I am 64 and have lived all but 14 of those years in Indiana. My two children - 1 daughter and 1 son - are grown and fledged. My daughter is married with a 10 month old grandson. We were fortunate to have the whole crew join us for Christmas week. Company and reading has never mixed well for me so I will be trying to get my 50th, and goal book, read this evening.

I earned an MBA from Colorado State in my early 40's but then chose to home school my children. By the time the children were in college, I decided to accept the early retirement package I offered myself.

I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer June 2016 and have run the gamut of surgery, chemo, chemo radiation, more chemo, and targeted therapy. I failed to meet one of the goals with my last CT scan so may be dropped from the targeted therapy drug trial - totally the decision of the manufacturing company. My doctor is exploring possible alternatives but I may have run out of additional choices. Fortunately, I was physically fit before the diagnosis so have remained relatively high functioning through the various treatments.

My husband retired when I was diagnosed and we have set a goal to work in as much traveling as we reasonably can. Last year we visited my daughter in Texas, spent two weeks in Colorado visiting old haunts with the family, and took a Peruvian Amazon cruise. Small ship cruises are a great choice for us as they accomodate the growing difference in my and hubbies fitness level while not packing us in with crowds of people.

We have always had plenty of pets. Our current crew is a senior dog we adopted in 2016 and 5 cats. We bottle fed our oldest cat, Bill, 16 years ago.

Right now, I'm dreaming of spring. Winter weather is not my cup of tea.


message 34: by Amy (new)

Amy | 8278 comments Denizen, (Denise?) Simply sending so much love to you. Often when I hear vulnerable information I find myself wondering whether thoughts I or others have, other than just love and support, would be intrusive or welcome. Your intent in sharing, may not have been to welcome an onslaught of unwelcome advice. My question is this. If I or others want to offer a possibly helpful thought, would it be welcome to private message you? Or only to privately and publicly offer messages of love. Following your lead.


message 35: by Denizen (new)

Denizen (den13) | 1138 comments Amy wrote: "Denizen, (Denise?) Simply sending so much love to you. Often when I hear vulnerable information I find myself wondering whether thoughts I or others have, other than just love and support, would be..."

Thank you for your caring message. I'm good with both public and private messages. I generally find it's clear which one is best for the message and the time.

And yes, it is Denise.


message 36: by Jenny (new)

Jenny (jennywilliams88) | 676 comments I'm 27, live with my parents and a mad cat (pictured).

Despite having 2 degrees - one in English Literature and the other in 18th Century Studies - I am currently unemployed. I'm actively looking though so hopefully something will turn up in 2018!

I've had a heart transplant and as a consequence of this I have type 2 diabetes and crohn's disease.


message 37: by Jenni Elyse (new)

Jenni Elyse (jenni_elyse) | 1266 comments I'm 39, married, no children, 3 cats.

I have an AA in nothing. I quit school to become the main breadwinner when my husband's health declined 17ish years ago. I'd love to go back to school, but I've already tried the school and work thing together and I can't survive both.

I'm a child/teenager at heart. I love YA novels as most PBTers know. I ask for Legos every Christmas/Birthday and I got the new 7,541-piece Millennium Falcon this year for Christmas. I'm still putting it together and IT'S AWESOME!


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Ellen | 2083 comments I was born in Boston but have lived just outside San Antonio, Texas, for 40 years now. My husband and I dated in high school, went our separate ways, and met up again after I graduated college with a degree in education. He was in the Air Force about to be stationed in Japan so I followed soon after and we were married at the American Embassy in Tokyo 46 years ago.

We have 2 beautiful daughters, an 11 year old grandson and a 3 year old granddaughter. Our oldest daughter is a 5th grade teacher and our youngest followed after Dad and is a MSGT in the Air Force.

I have worked at the local public library for nearly 15 years. I absolutely love my job and wish I had come to the library field when I was much younger. I do all of the processing of materials being added to our catalog so basically everything goes through my hands ---- and frequently onto my TBR.

Fifteen months ago my husband and I decided that we needed to lose weight and get in shape because being a senior citizen comes with enough challenges without the extra baggage of too many pounds. He quickly lost the 30 he needed to. Shamefully, I needed to lose 100 but I am proud to say I have lost 94 and the goal is in sight! I walk about 3 miles most days and throw in some yoga fairly often. I have learned that it is never too late to lose that weight and start exercising.

Hobbies? Reading, quilting, reading, cooking, reading, knitting and crocheting.

We have 2 tuxedo cats named Lucy and Ethel that we adopted from foster care 11 years ago.


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JoLene (trvl2mtns) | 1532 comments I LOVE legos as well. There is a lego store at the mall near us and my husband and I always go in when we are there. Unfortunately non of my nieces and nephews seem as enameled!


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Susie | 4488 comments Ellen, what an amazing achievement! You must be so proud of yourself. I put on an embarrassing amount of weight throughout my two pregnancies by eating everything in sight and decreasing the amount of exercise I did. I ended up needing to lose 30kg (66 pounds). In 2012 I knuckled down and did it. I think a few kgs have crept back on during this Christmas season! We are on a seaside break at the moment but once we’re home it’s back to healthy eating again. I love exercise so much and don’t feel normal without it. My first love is weight lifting but I also run (like Anita I don’t like competing and just do it for fitness) and I like HIIT training too. I’m about to set off on a family bike ride as we speak. I think it’s so important to role model activity so that it becomes second nature to our kids. My parents were/are very inactive and my brother and I both had to learn to love exercise as adults.


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~*Kim*~ | 461 comments Ellen wrote: "I was born in Boston but have lived just outside San Antonio, Texas, for 40 years now. ..."

Hey! I'm in San Antonio! :)


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Jason Oliver | 2063 comments My full name is Jason Kessler Oliver

I am 29 years old, married for 10 years, two kids 8 and 3 at the end of January. I am a Jehovah's Witness so that is why I'm absent from the holiday conversations. I was born and raised in Lee County Ga (they just won the Football AAAAAA State Championship this year) You may have heard of Lee County if you are a country music fan (Luke Bryant) baseball fan (Buster Posey) or American Idol fan (Phillip Phillips). Yes I just named dropped like crazy.

I have 2 brothers, 6 years old and 4 years younger, and 1 sister 5 years older. My mother died from an abdominal aorta aneurysm in 1998 when I was 10. My father remarried and I have a step-brother and sister, both much older than me. They were already out of the house when my parents married.

My wife is 10 months older than me. She is from Columbus Georgia. She has 2 younger sisters and though she is a medical transcriptionist by trade (102 words a minute) she is a stay at home mom.

We lived 8 years in Blue Ridge, Georgia, the mountains of Georgia, where both of our kids were born, but now we back south in Tifton, Ga. Fun fact, Tifton backwards is Not Fit. haha

No college here. I now work for USPS but before that I was a sales and marketing manager and I loved it. I miss the thrill of the sale but I decided to take a less pressure job. Man did I make a mistake going to USPS. haha

I love to read, duh love most sciences but my favorite is physics from astro to quantum. I love sports, almost all sports. Not a big team fan much anymore, but I love the psychology and strategies in sports. My favorites are cycling such as Tour de France, and baseball.

My favorite hobby is trying something new. Creating a new experience. Doing something I've never done before. That is one reason I love to read. I can't do everything I want to do, so I experience it through books. I love to learn.


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Elise (ellinou) | 524 comments I’m 29 and proudly Canadian! I was born in Toronto and lived there until I was 11, then moved to Montreal. I’ve been bilingual (French and English) practically since birth.

I have three university degrees, in biology, translation and publishing. I currently work as a web translator for a big Canadian travel company. I’ve been there for a little over two and a half years, and it’s not a bad job, but the salary leaves a lot to be desired, there’s no opportunity for advancement and it’s pretty repetitive. I mean, once you’ve translated about a hundred wedding packages, you’ve pretty much done it all... So I’ll probably be looking for something else in the near future.

I live in an apartment in the suburbs of Montreal with my almost-12-year-old cat Dewey (yes that’s his actual name, lol).

I have a neuromuscular disease called spastic ataxia that means, in simple terms, that I have absolutely no balance. I walk with a walker, and have a few other issues, but I try to be as normal as possible. But since I’ve become officially disabled, I’ve become more aware of how unadapted the world is. Like, I can’t take the subway anymore, so I have to drive everywhere, and since parking downtown is nearly impossible, I’ve basically stopped going downtown, which sucks, because Montreal is awesome...

Apart from reading, I watch a lot of TV. Right now I’m watching the 2nd season of Fuller House, which I’ll probably finish tonight. I’ll try to cram the 2nd season of Cable Girls before my regular shows start up again over the next few weeks (to give you an idea, if I don’t watch 2 hours each night, by the end of the week, I’m behind on my series). I also like learning languages (Spanish, Irish, Italian and Korean on Duolingo at the moment) and watching F1 (been a fan for nearly two decades). I used to watch hockey also, but it kind of got phased out by TV shows. I still follow it from afar and occasionally go to games when we get tickets at work, but I don’t watch it anymore.

Oh and Harry Potter is my life. I write loads of fanfiction and will never grow out of it, to the great despair of my mom.

I’m not on Facebook anymore (bet you can’t find many people my age who willingly quit Facebook, haha!), but you can find me on Twitter and Livejournal.


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Tracy (tstan) | 1182 comments Nicole R wrote: "Well, I guess it is my turn even though I am pretty much an open book (Obviously, witty is the first trait I am sharing about myself! Lol)

I am 35 (ugh, officially mid-thirties) I am from a smalli..."


My cousin and her husband are lawyers living in Providence. Although, they plan to move home (both are from Minnesota) soon.


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Jason Oliver | 2063 comments How about a history of PBT. Why did you start it? Did you ever consider giving it up? We're you already in some books clubs? PBT needs a bio too.


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Charlie  Ravioli (charlie_ravioli) | 393 comments My real name is Ian Shea, not Charlie Ravioli. I'm 45, am married to my college sweetheart for 20 years, have two adopted sons (both under 2 years old) and a rescued German Shepherd. I work for a big, global bank and commute into NYC to my office. I have my BS in Accounting from Villanova, got my CPA license (a long time ago) and now lead a team of about 200 people responsible for negotiating and reducing the overall cost of everything the bank purchases from its suppliers. I grew up in Dallas and went to three high schools in three states (TX, VA, CT) in four years due to my dad's job (commercial real estate). I'm told I get my love of reading from my mom who I never really knew (she was killed in a car accident we were both in when I was 5). For me, reading helps me relax. It also helps me remain curious, learn and think about things bigger than my own existence. I've never been in a book club before and I have Anita to thank for inviting me to join PBT several years ago.


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Jen | 1545 comments Charlie wrote: "My real name is Ian Shea, not Charlie Ravioli. I'm 45, am married to my college sweetheart for 20 years, have two adopted sons (both under 2 years old) and a rescued German Shepherd. I work for a b..."

I went to Haverford! Lots of friend from Nova although mostly undergraduate friends


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Charlie  Ravioli (charlie_ravioli) | 393 comments Jen wrote: "Charlie wrote: "My real name is Ian Shea, not Charlie Ravioli. I'm 45, am married to my college sweetheart for 20 years, have two adopted sons (both under 2 years old) and a rescued German Shepherd..."

Small, small world!


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Jen | 1545 comments Charlie wrote: "Jen wrote: "Charlie wrote: "My real name is Ian Shea, not Charlie Ravioli. I'm 45, am married to my college sweetheart for 20 years, have two adopted sons (both under 2 years old) and a rescued Ger..."

Indeed. I've also enjoyed following your posts about your two sons and being a dad so fun to know we may have been going to school down the street from each other. I graduated from undergraduate in 1999.


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Michael (mike999) | 569 comments Fascinating histories and lives behind the common identities of jolly book lovers.

I am 66, single with no kids. After a 20 uear career in neuroscience, I got tired of struggling for grants and moved to very rural coastal Maine in its most eastern extent in 1993. After struggling to stay employed in jobs like roofing, seaweed acquaculture, and newspaper reporting, I finally found steady work writing grants and evaluating projects for a community health center. Over 15 years I've gained a lot of experience in public health, health care delivery, subtance abuse, HIV treatment, and telemedicine.

I do a lot of audiobooks on my long but beautiful commute or stacking and hauling wood for a home heated by woodstoves. When the weather is better I like cross country skiing in winter and canoeing in summer.

I grew up in eastern Oklahoma and for my education and career lived in Connecticut, Miami, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, and finally the Boston area for 11 years.


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