What Shaped Me

What Shaped Me

81: DESCRIBE A MAJOR EVENT OR

ISSUE THAT'S AFFECTED YOU PERSONALLY: The Women's lib movement. I would not be who I am today if it had not been for the women who came before

me who worked to free women from a narrowly defined life of marriage and children. Women of my generation and those that come after us should be

eternally grateful to the women who fought to make us free to make our own choices about what kind of life we want for ourselves. Along these same

lines, we are no longer chained to motherhood, and instead, for educated women in western societies, we can decide if and when to become a mother making

society better for everyone.

82: WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE OR PROBLEM FACING YOU TODAY? My husband and I need to decide if we want to try

and get pregnant again.

83: WHAT IS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE YOU'VE HAD TO OVERCOME IN YOUR LIFE? The terror of being stalked and coming to terms

with the after effects of this sort of mental abuse. It took me a couple of years to come to terms with the constant terror I was experiencing. I found

a very good therapist, who had experience with PTS, and she helped me learn some coping techniques and within a month my panic attacks had stopped

completely. The most important moment in my emotional recovery occurred in England in 2001. I had a consulting job in Swindon and was taking weekends to

do some sightseeing. I re-found myself and shed the fear that had been my constant companion for the previous few years. I rediscovered my wonder and

the confidence that I could make my way safely in the world. I no longer needed to be the prisoner of my fears that I had become. It was truly

liberating.

84: IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I would have the body I had when I was about 34. I think

that was about the height of my physical best. I was no longer the scrawny little girl, but I hadn't yet put on extra weight. I was a woman at her

physical peak.

Work and Education

Work and Education

89: HIGHEST LEVEL

OF EDUCATION (PLEASE LIST ANY AND ALL DEGREES YOU HOLD): I hold a BA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu HI 1990.

90: NAME AND

LOCATION (CITY, STATE) OF YOUR HIGH SCHOOL AND YEAR OF GRADUATION: Mira Costa High School, Manhattan Beach CA. Graduated 1984.

91: NAME OF

ACADEMIC/TRADE INSTITUTION(S) ATTENDED AND # OF YEARS COMPLETED (PLEASE INCLUDE DATES OF ATTENDANCE AND MAJOR/MINOR OR COURSE(S) OF STUDY) : Hua Dong

Shi Fan Daxue. East China Normal University. It was a summer course in intensive mandarin, course credit through Hofstra University of New

York.

92: PLEASE LIST AND INCLUDE ALL AFFILIATIONS OR ORGANIZATIONS TO WHICH YOU BELONG, (E.G. TRADE UNIONS, FRATERNAL ORGANIZATIONS, NON-PROFITS,

NGOs, CIVIC, CHARITABLE, VOLUNTEER, RELIGIOUS, OR POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS ETC.) YOU MAY LIST AS MANY AS YOU LIKE: NARAS, Council for Secular Humanism,

American Humanist Association, ACLU, Sierra Club, Democratic Party of Manatee County, Florida Progressive Network, Planned Parenthood.

93: HAVE

YOU EVER SERVED IN THE MILITARY? NO

96: IF YOU COULD HOLD ANY JOB OTHER THAN YOUR CURRENT POSITION (OTHER THAN PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

STATES), WHAT WOULD IT BE ? I am currently holding the job I want, except it would be nice if it paid better. I also wouldn't mind making my living

as a playwright. Also, I miss doing strategic analysis.


See also my CV for further

My Life So Far

My Life So Far

The following questions

explore my personal life, upbringing, friends, etc.


98: WHAT WERE YOUR FAMILY'S ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP?

Solid upper middle class. My parents were both computer programmers. My dad was a senior computer programmer, my mom was a computer specialist. I grew

up in Hermosa Beach CA, exactly 4.5 blocks to the beach. Aside from my bro locking my out of the house every once in a while things were pretty good. My

mom and dad made a very radical decision to not raise us in any particular religion on the belief that religious indoctrination is inappropriate and a

child is a person and have the right to make their own decision about what they believe. My mom took a lot of crap in the community for that decision,

but I am grateful for her courage. While this is a common practice now, it was unheard of back in the 60's. At some point I became interested in

religion and my mom and I explored the religious options in our community and had a great time and learn a lot together. About all I came away with is

that Catholic Churches have great music, but the Krishna's put on a better party. My mom and I would volunteer together, and she taught me my

volunteer ethic. My father taught me to think critically, but playing devil's advocate in debates. I am very close with not only my immediate

family, but also my extended family.

99: DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD: Aside from my bro locking my out of the house every once in a while things were

pretty good. My mom and dad made a very radical decision to not raise us in any particular religion on the belief that religious indoctrination is

inappropriate and a child is a person and have the right to make their own decision about what they believe. My mom took a lot of crap in the community

for that decision, but I am grateful for her courage. While this is a common practice now, it was unheard of back in the 60's. At some point I

became interested in religion and my mom and I explored the religious options in our community and had a great time and learn a lot together. About all

I came away with is that Catholic Churches have great music, but the Krishna's put on a better party. My mom and I would volunteer together, and she

taught me my volunteer ethic. My father taught me to think critically, but playing devil's advocate in debates. I am very close with not only my

immediate family, but also my extended family. I was a beach kid and spent most of my free time at the beach. As for friends, I am still close with some

of my childhood friends. I have almost always had more male friends then female friends. I remember finding girls pretty stupid. Boys talked about

interesting things. Girls talked about hair, which seemed stupid to me. Now, I wish I had paid attention. Then I would be able to do something cool with

my hair aside from just pulling it back out of my eyes.

100: IF YOU CURRENTLY HAVE A SIGNIFICANT OTHER, TELL US ABOUT HIM/HER. HOW DID YOU MEET?

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT THEM? I met my husband when I first moved to Florida. He was playing fiddle in a local contra dance band. I thought he was

really cute. I tried to get his attention and failed. I thought he was married, he thought I was just being nice. Anyway, a few years later, we catch up

again. Both of us were coming out of horrid relationships. I was at a Christmas party and he was there, and he was talking to my best friend, who, as it

turned out, new him pretty well. So, I sidled up and started talking to him. Things went well after that. Aside from the fact that he is super cute (and

yes, cuteness counts), he likes me for me. I don't have to be something I am not around him. Plus he is really patient. I can be really clueless,

and he had the patience to wait for me to come around.

103: TELL US ABOUT YOUR TWO BEST FRIENDS.
1.Heidi Lovett. She is one of my

best friends. We were introduced through a mutual friend when I first moved to Florida. We both think it is rather funny that neither of us keeps up

with the friend that introduced us. I like Heidi for a whole lot of reasons. She is nice. Truly a nice person. Compassionate, responsible and ethical

(which is my criteria for friends.) She is also very smart. An environmentalist and marine scientist. I am so proud of all she has done and

accomplished. She is an amazing woman and an excellent cook to boot. I love her family. I like the man she married this past year (a man my husband and

I feel is actually worthy of her), and am honored that they asked me to sing the Sheva Brachot at their wedding.

2. David Lapides. I met

David when he was working at a bulk mail house that I was doing business with. We became friends when we realized that we both liked the same comic

books (the Sandman Series). He decided that we should be friends, despite the fact that I am a chick. And, we have been great friends ever since. Again,

he has the traits I look for in a friend (ethical, compassionate and responsible – although he would argue that he isn't that compassionate, but he

really is). Dave and I have been through a lot together, and I cherish his friendship. What I like best about him is that he is the friend who calls me

up and says things like: "Muppets from Outerspace – lets go!"

104: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE IN YOUR CIRCLE OF FRIENDS? Well, it

used to be that I was the one who got everyone together. I am not afraid to make decisions and that is required if you are to get a large group to do

anything, just make a decision and move forward. Nowadays, my circle of friends is smaller and closer, and much more of a homebody. I don't waste

too much time with acquaintances as I had in my past. So, I don't know what role I play with my friends. I try to be a good friend and that is about

it.

My Favorities

My Favorities

A list of my favorite things

(from the American Candidate Questionaire)


107: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE:

NEWSPAPER: Bradenton Herald (although the Honolulu Star

Bulletin is also a good paper)

TV SHOW: Keene Eddie

BAND OR TYPE OF MUSIC Spandau Ballet, swing music

MOVIE: Popular: Sabrina

(both of them.), Art or Intellectual: The Sandglass (a polish film).

MAGAZINE: Free Inquiry

BOOK: New Jedi Order – the series

FOOD:

Honey Almond Chicken (a Moroccan dish)

WEBSITE: stratfor.com

Personal Profile

Personal Profile

These questions about my personal life are from a questionaire I filled out for American Candidate. 


1.. WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT RELATIONSHIP STATUS? CIRCLE AS MANY AS APPLY.

MARRIED

2. IN WHAT U.S.CITY AND STATE WERE YOU BORN? Torrance, CA

3. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ETHNIC OR CULTURAL BACKGROUND? White, very white

5. DO YOU LIVE ALONE? NO

6. IF NO, WHO DO YOU LIVE WITH AND WHAT IS THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO YOU?
Michael Hancock – Husband

My son

Harry – Cat,  Sally – Cat

7. WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR LIVING SITUATION?
My husband. I love being married to him and hanging with him and all the domestic stuff that goes with it.

 

Basic Qualifications

Basic Qualifications

I am a highly intelligent person, very creative and a good

problem solver. Politically – I would describe myself as a realist with liberal ideals. To me that means that ideoligically, I am a liberal – but… I

am realistic about implementation The goal is to create an environment where the as many people as possible can live and thrive and that requires a safe

and just society. However, I am realistic about how exactly to implement that sort of environment. In a nutshell … that is the philosphy by which my

decisions get made.

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