I love teaching and I love teaching people about software. It’s as natural to me as breathing. So it took me a long time to realize that I should do it as a business. Really. It’s true.
Mine is a long and varied career. Teaching and computers have been woven throughout.
I’ve done lots of things including:
- Earning a teaching certification from Vassar College for elementary school
- Earning a Masters in Divinity
- Working as a management consultant, teaching teamwork, other soft skills, and problem solving
- Creating a non-profit organization
- Writing training for numerous corporate and federal clients
- Authoring and publishing the book Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates
- Running a Sharing Housing business, which includes a website, blogging, workshops, presentations and social media
I’ve been using personal computers since 1984. It was my geek friend Bill, who on listening to me describe a weekly report I had to write, encouraged me to try word processing. He put me on his SuperBrain computer (this was before the IBM PC) and came to my rescue every time I got stuck. (Which was often!)
Earlier in college I took a programming language called PL/1. We used keypunch cards to write the programs. I credit that experience with my patience for figuring out how software works.
I bought my first Mac in 1986 and have had an unbroken succession of Apple computers ever since. For work I also used and owned Windows machines. I currently use a wide variety of software both professionally and personally.
I’m amazed at how much computers have made possible. We now have free international calls, the ability to buy almost any product from our home, instant communication with friends and family, literally a world of information a Google search away, access to our bank accounts no matter what time of day or night it is, and so much more.
I am also acutely aware of the losses that this world brings in terms of human connection, development and community. So I’m not a techno-geek willing to embrace every and all use of computers. I do think they are wonderful tools.
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