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Hometown

“Knowledge of places is closely linked to knowledge of the self, to grasping one’s position in the larger scheme of things, including one’s own community, and to securing a confident sense of who one is as a person.”  Keith Basso, Wisdom Sits in Places

I’m lucky: I have my family, and I have friends who are like family. For Thanksgiving, I went to a one such friend’s house for dinner in my hometown. For the most part, I moved away from South Jersey when I was 18. I rebelled, with an appropriately dramatic teenage flair, against where I grew up. Not one for the quiet life, I was drawn to the stimulating toughness of the city.

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Anthony Braxton at the Roulette

My very good friend talked me into going with him to see Anthony Braxton at the Roulette this weekend. And, oh my, it was amazing!

There was a four-day series of Braxton’s work going on where, in many of the performances, he played in numerous acts throughout the night. We went to the last show, a performance of Trillium J (Acts I & III), which was basically his take on a free jazz opera. Perhaps, a “free opera”? Continue reading Anthony Braxton at the Roulette

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Automa-what?

It’s official — I’m a full-fledged member of the amazing team at Automattic, the folks who run WordPress.com. As a Happiness Engineer, I get to work with WordPress.com bloggers to help answer any questions they may have about using our services.

I’m really, really excited about this bit of news! I left my job at the adoption agency as a “leap of faith” while on trial as a Happiness Engineer. (All employees at Automattic have a trial period, to make sure the job is a good fit for both the company and the employee — neat, right?) I couldn’t think of a better fit. I love the flexibility of working from home, spending my days chatting with my talented coworkers from around the world, and watching the bloggers I’m lucky enough to correspond with learn and perfect their understanding of WordPress.com — as well as giving us feedback to keep us on top of our game.

For those of you reading this who have found me via the forums or while looking for assistance with a WordPress question (which can be answered here, by the way), I can’t wait to meet you!

Cheers to new adventures!