This page is always under construction. Expect potentially interesting things to come.

My interests include:

• Working at the library
• Web publishing
• My family
• Pete
• my husband
• who has many web pages of his own
• and likes sports
• and Star Trek
• Spencer
• who is six
• and likes the Power Rangers, Star Wars, and Mario Brothers.
• and is in first grade
He has been learning at school about
• Cooperation
• Addition and subtraction drills (currently he's starting in on the 3rd grade math curriculum)
• Still working on handwriting

At home, we've been working on
• Beginning of multiplication, division, fractions, simple algebra (e.g. 2x+4=14) and geometry (e.g. parallel lines, shape characteristics that aren't the ones you learn when you're 2)
• Deductive reasoning (logic problems)
• Patterns (from spring 98)
• Best of Spencerisms (and Graham too)
• and Graham
• who is three and a half
• and likes stuffed animals
• and climbing unsupported objects (and sometimes jumping off...)

• Graham's favorite movies are Mulan and The Aristocats (especially the two dogs)
• He is learning counting and adding skills and starting to think about phonics (he especially likes the sound mmmmm, which is odd, because Spencer did, too). He doesn't like thinking about subtraction because he doesn't like the "taking away" aspect (if you have any toddlers, you know that if they see it, it's theirs, and taking away is never the right thing.)
• Carolyn K's Hoagies, a collection of sources, resources, articles, anecdotes about and for and by parents of bright kids
• GT World, more on-line community stuff, mailing lists and moos, etc
• Cooking and passing off my experiments to co-workers. I bake cookies, cakes, tarts, breads...but not pies; I have bad luck with pies.
My favorite cooking shows are
• Cooking with Caprial, a Portlander who has a fun show on PBS and a web site at
http://www.pacificharbor.com/caprial
• Death By Chocolate, with a guy named Marcel, also on PBS
• Science fiction/fantasy, such as
• Star Trek, Official: and not:
• Earth Final Conflict (also Roddenberry)
• David Weber's Honor Harrington series
• McCaffrey
• Lackey
• Velgarth especially
• Asimov
• Foundation, of course
• Clarke
• Everything!

If you like to buy books, you probably already know you should visit Amazon.com, an online bookstore that has all that stuff and other stuff too.
• Going to the gym, which you would never guess to look at me. My current favorite things to do at the gym are the EFX machine (that would be "elliptical fitness crosstrainer," a medieval torture rack which combines all the features of a treadmill, a bike, and a stairmaster, yikes), kickboxing, and pushups. Well, I mean, I don't like pushups, and I can only do about 20 modified (knees down) or 1 regular, but I've decided I need a stronger back and shoulders. I decided this when I started doing some reading about skeletal and muscular structure and realized that most of the muscles of the upper body and torso effectively hang from the shoulder girdle. Probably a good idea for that area to be both strong and flexible.
• Fixing stuff around the house (sometimes badly, but always learning about what went wrong).
• Here is a story about what can go wrong fixing a flat tire, even when you know what you are doing.
• Sports, most particularly women's basketball and major league baseball
• The Ducks
• This year, I have fantasy baseball teams at CNN and Sandlot. The free kind; it's a game, for heaven's sake!

Here is a link to Warren's home page, which so far has a lot more stuff than mine. Here also is Warren's D. C. Shopping story which keeps coming up in conversation and then people want a copy.

You can also check out the UO home page, but be warned, it is bigger and more graphical than it used to be, and has been known to make my browser sad.

send me mail; lnessel@darkwing.uoregon.edu Last modified 05/03/99, a piece of information I routinely forget to change...