Hello all! Dana claims that snagging me for an occasional guest post is a great success on her part, but the truth is I’ve been wanting a blogging outlet for a long time; I just don’t have enough to say to write my own blog (or enough time to say it). I’m really honored that she’s taken me on.
A bit of bio: I started my professional career as a computer engineer, first designing hardware and then developing software. I even got talked into a short stint as an engineering manager, which tried my patience almost beyond endurance. But after a couple of decades and some in the field, just as I was getting incredibly bored with solving what seemed to be the same old problems with new technology, I actually needed to quit work altogether to take care of aging parents. When that task was done, and my parents passed on, rather than re-invent myself as an engineer I listened to my Inner Scientist and took up studying geology. After a lot of catch-up, I graduated with an MS in December 2011.
Due to chronic health issues, I have trouble working full-time. However, I’ve been making beaded jewelry for years and will soon open an Etsy shop (and you all will have to endure some shameless self-promotion).
Geology is still my first love, and I’ll mostly use my blogging opportunity here to talk about geo-things that interest me. I especially love sedimentology*, petrology, petrography, and maps and mapmaking. But I’ll look at and listen to any rock that’s willing to tell me a story, and share those stories.
As far as family goes, I have a wonderful husband of 32 years. We are staff to two feline boys, Rocky and Paddy. I’ll close with photos of our masters:
*Locke, Karen Marie, “Composition and Provenance of Sand from Wells, Santa Clara Valley, California” (2011). Master’s Theses. Paper 4100. http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/etd_theses/4100