I drink half-caf coffee so I can have more cups before the jitters set in. I love climbing trees. I appear to be something called a multipotentialite, because I am comfortable with and skilled at a variety of things.

In 1990, Raytheon Corporation shut down their Caloric manufacturing plant, devastating my family and our rural community. When I got to college, I started studying economics so I could understand why that choice was made and how the effects could have been mitigated. And now I understand why Raytheon did it. I just donít agree with their methods. Itís like that Labour Party poster I found while studying at Essex: Some things are too important to be left to market forces. #blasphemousEconomist

I wrote my undergraduate honors thesis on Feminist Economics. One of the professors in the department refused to attend my defense because it would be nothing but “feminist diatribe.” I didn’t take the hint, and continued into graduate school and professoring. The lesson I have finally learned: I need to see the signs and believe what they tell me.

Economics is very good at justifying the decisions made by people with a lot of money and power. But I am more interested in the rest of us, the proverbial 99%. I devote my skills and my energy to projects, organizations, and people who are committed to the greater good. I measure program outcomes, manage projects, plan and write grants, facilitate strategic planning, design surveys, collect and analyze data, and offer economic, managerial, and technical advice. I also believe that dance changes lives and I know that yoga heals. I keep two blogs: one on economics and another on dance, yoga, gardening, camping, scootering, animals, and all sorts of other things.

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