What I do at Macalester College
user services specialist in Advancement Services I provide
technical services including pl-sql programming, report writing
and staff training for
advancement and other departments on campus. Along with my
colleagues on the advancement services technical team I also handle new
account setup on our systems and web server; provide student training
each semester; and maintain web-based documentation.
Years ago we called our location on third floor of Lampert Building the Eagles Nest, a high perch from which I enjoy a "Grand" view of Snelling Avenue and the Mac neighborhood south of Grand.
Advancement services staff provide support for alumni relations, donor relations, development (annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations), communications and public relations.
What I do away from Macalester College
In my spare time I paint in my Studio on Grand Avenue and I also mentor individuals who wish focus more deeply on their creative work. This image is an acrylic painting on a hand-made Djembe (African) drum (African) hand-crafted by my friend John LeMer. It was very different from painting on paper and canvas. If you're interested in talking about handmade drums give me a call, I'll give you John's number. John carves and joins the wood, using many different types of wood for a unique drum; and cleans and stretches the hide. John and I donated to create this particular drum as a give-away for a fundraiser.
When I'm not working at Macalester, making artwork or doing chores I enjoy hand-beading using a needle to decorate hides for bags and pouches or using a small handmade loom made by my friend Chuck Burditt. That old pine wood loom is the old traditional kind consisting of a long narrow piece of wood and a small bridge. Our extended family live all over the U.S. and on at least three continents. Richard Watson, my husband and some say better half, is a professional therapeutic massage therapist and bodyworker . His business is called Heart Life Massage. Happily and completely biased but no less correct for all that, I tell everyone he's a good listener and a talented, gifted massage therapist whose specialties include relief of migraines, headaches, as well as all rehabilitation, relaxation and other therapeutic bodywork.
Echidna are my kind of people. "The echidna looks fearsome enough, but it is a shy animal and would rather retreat than fight if disturbed. When frightened it will curl into a ball, with its snout and legs tucked beneath it and its sharp spines sticking out. It will wedge itself beneath rocks, or burrow straight down into soft soil, to escape predators such as dogs, eagles and dingos" - NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Echidnas sure seem to have a simple no-nonsense approach to things. Anyone wanna spend a bit of quiet time wedged between rocks? Hmmm...I wonder if that comes with pizza delivery. A puggle is a baby echidna. More about echidnas at EarthWatch.
and other wonders
Handbag stolen while Queen sleeps, read the full story.
God by Terese
Svoboda. "God, in the person of a
perm-giving, sheetcake-baking Nebraska farm woman, ...
Tin God is a funny yet poignant story of the plains
that transcends its... Quoted from.
"This is God," the novel begins, helpfully spelling G-O-D for the reader, and we are spinning on our way into the heart of a Midwest that spans spirits and centuries and forever redefines the middle of nowhere.
Whispers plague a desperate conquistador lost in tall prairie grass. Four hundred years later, a male go-go dancer flings a bag of dope into the same field. God, in the person of a perm-giving, sheetcake-baking Nebraska farm woman, casts a jaundiced yet merciful eye over the unfolding chaos. Fire and a pair of judiciously applied pantyhose bring the two stories together. A contemplation of divinity and drugs on the ground, Tin God is a funny yet poignant story of the plains that transcends its interstate spine and exposes us to a whole new level of Svoboda's fiery prose. [read more]
|Links to other sweet stuff||Women in the Arts
People in the Arts
Other cool community links
Minnesota Drug Courts
Dispute Resolution Center
The Wakanheza Project in Ramsey County. The Wakanheza Project is a community-wide effort that provides tools and strategies to help us effectively respond in these every-day situations and prevent them from happening in the first place, by creating welcoming environments for our children, young people, and families.
Campaign for a US Department of Peace. Participate in an historic citizen lobbying effort to create a U.S. Department of Peace.
Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, is one of the leading institutions within medical research in the world. KI's social sciences resource web site maintains an interesting repository of documents about all kinds of social issues like handling teen violence, well, take a look yourself.
The Nobel Prize
Mario R Capecchi (USA), Martin J Evans (United Kingdom) and Oliver Smithies (USA) are the 2007 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells"
Verbatim opening statement by Haudenosaunee Faithkeeper, Chief Oren Lyons addressing delegates to the United Nations Organization opened "The Year of the Indigenous Peoples" (1993) to the delegates to the United Nations Organization in the United Nations General Assembly Auditorium, United Nations Plaza, New York City, December 10, 1992.
Here I am as a kid in Australia. Serious kid, but maybe there was a serious problem with the tartan on my dungarees and I just don't remember that now.