My background is a ’round about journey. Much of my youth was spent in south Alabama in what was then the second poorest county in the second poorest state in the country. My grandfather had both a wholesale grocery store and a farm. I loved to go with him to the farm to “pet the cows” and wade in the creek and he taught me how to tell when the corn was ready to pick. By contrast, I have spent the last 20 years in the largest metropolitan region in the southeast. I have enjoyed the access that living here brings, but the traffic really makes me wish that the region/country had chosen to pursue better public transportation options. I’d rather sit and read than drive and I really think that good public transportation options are necessary to a prosperous future. My hobbies include things like fine hand sewing, SCUBA, cycling, geocaching, hot-air ballooning and what ever else comes along. Travel is the love I’d pursue if I had more opportunity and exploring is my nature where ever I am.
My post secondary education spanned 10 separate institutions from Alabama to California and back to Georgia. It also spans business, government, geography and even includes tropical biology study abroad in Costa Rica. My varied ventures make sense in the context of a broad spectrum life, but without that context it seems a little unfocused and people don’t usually know how to label me. I like being label free, but when people don’t know how you fit, they tend to think you don’t. An interesting irony since I have always been interested in the connection between things. Varied subjects really felt comfortable when I moved officially into geography because it can encompass so many different fields and how they fit.