I donate regularly to educational, hunger prevention, and various civil liberties organizations. The Red Cross gets donations to help in major disaster relief.
I enjoy the results of gardening, but not the process. There is great peace for me to look at flowers in planters on the deck or in the gardens around the house. And the few edibles I plant are nice additions to the table. It is all worth the effort.
I have done quite a lot of genealogical research, posted on Ancestry.com. and will provide some links to it sometime.
Most of my family came to North America from Great Britain during the 1600s and 1700s, living in the Plymouth area, Maine, and Block Island.
More recent research has uncovered an ancestral line to the Plantagenet nobility, both paternal and maternal, as well as Charlemagne. This is common, but I feel kinda special anyhow.
When I was younger I focussed on science, math, information technology, and practical stuff. Retirement has opened-up time for me to learn about those things I missed in the Humanities. The Great Courses are a really good resource.
I still keep-up with science news and can actually understand most of it.
Although I loathe partisan politics, it's vital to be aware of it. Otherwise, it's too easy to become an apathetic couch potato.
I characterize my politics as socially very liberal, economically libertarian-ish, and unsanctimonious. That is, I am an outspoken moderate.
For now, I vote only for Democratic Party candidates. The Republican Party currently has an agenda that would harm me, my family, the majority of my friends, and many other people who I care about. I will not vote for anybody allied with such a noxious platform.
I occasionally donate to political campaigns.
I am too pragmatic to support third-party candidates.
I have eleven tattoos:
- The Elements:
- Fire (Ka): A salamander on my left shoulder and a flaming sword on my left forearm
- Earth (Chi): A mushroom patch on my left breast
- Air (Fū): Kokopelli on my right shoulder and the central design of the tarot Ace of Wands on my right forearm
- Water (Sui): A pair of fish forming a ying-yang on my upper back.
- Spirit (Kū): A bind rune on my right breast
- Ganesha, with Mushika attending, on my right leg.
- A Triple Goddess Labyrinth spiral on my left calf.
- A cheeky attitude in an appropriate spot.
I may get more.
I am retired and no longer open to any paid work opportunities.
Are you looking for my past connections to Shared Medical Systems, Siemens, or Grok-A-Lot? Check out my LinkedIn profile for history.