Sheryl If you can talk, you can sing.
Jun 11, 2013 7:46 PM

Hmmm...will this be my new blog home?

In my last blog, I mentioned that I have a place where I blog that gives me more control over who can see my entries. That place is in the process of closing down if they can't raise enough funding by July 15. So I may be back here to do my blogging. I'll just have to be more careful, since if there IS a way to control who can read here, I don't know about it. (I just haven't kept up with Delphi's bells and whistles)
About the Author

a typical morning
"If I cannot fly, let me sing."
-- Stephen Soundheim - Sweeney Todd

I've been alive over 50 years so far.  Life's been very good to me. What more can I ask?

I grew up in a small town in Michigan and never saw railroad crossing gates until I was 14 years old.  Our house was next to a big field where we would hunt berries in the summer and pull each other on sleds in the winter.  I went to a small-town high school and graduated barely into the top 1/3 of my class although I had the smarts to have been class valedictorian.  Silly me, I thought school was my social playground!

After high school I worked various and sundry jobs, never a career until I got my first computer.  I fell in love and found my career path.  I worked my way through the ranks starting as a data entry clerk until eventually I ran the I.T. Department of a fairly large trade association in Chicago (80 employees, 35,000 members) and had the best staff anyone could want. I returned to school and got my associate's degree in computer science (accidentally - an advisor told me I qualified for four certificates - Java, C++, Visual Basic and Database Management - and if I took a speech class I'd have all I needed for an associate's degree.  So I took speech and graduated with a 3.92 gpa in June 2004)

Meanwhile, the company I worked for got a new CEO who brought in his own people, then hired a consultant to tell him that there were too many duplicate positions so recommended that either I or the other I.T. manager should be let go.  Well, since the other I.T. manager was the guy he brought in, I was let go. 

I have since returned to school to get my bachelor's degree in Business Administration.  I finished in December, 2006, graduating with honors, and immediately found a position in a Chicago philanthropic organization as their Director of Technology.

I joined Delphi in 1994 originally after spending a couple of years on services like GEnie, NVN (both out of business) and CompuServe before coming to Delphi.  Delphi turned out to be the service that I liked best, so I stuck around - mostly playing in a games forum and hanging out in chat.

In August 1998 I went looking around on Delphi for a forum that dealt with health and fitness without being tied to some product, and couldn't find any (plenty of weight watchers, jenny craig, etc. but nothing that was totally unrelated to any product) so I opened my own forum and called it
Healthy Living.

I learned HTML and became one of the first certified webmasters in 1997.  I wanted to teach anyone who wanted to learn HTML so I opened up charhtml in 1999.  Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I had to close it in 2007.

I spend most of my off time playing World of Warcraft.  My favorite weekend activity is going to karaoke.  I'm currently living in Michigan with my new husband and old high school sweetheart, Roger.
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