||[Aug. 21st, 2006|02:37 pm]
An elegant virtual studio to create your dreams
Hi everyone, I'm ladycatherina, your friendly facilitator, and for the purposes of this community, I have a room overlooking the spectacular Northern California coastline :) I'm virtually working as a scientific writer for a cancer research institute that has already made my mother completely well and comfortable, and spend my days interviewing eminent scientists and clinicians over soy lattes, mochas, and frappucinos. On weekends and in the evenings I enjoy strolling through art galleries, performing my poetry and singing in cafes, hiking through beautiful nature trails near my home, stargazing, taking pictures and painting with oil and watercolors, and, of course, surfing! |
I'm active on the boards of several science and art museums, and also advocate for microcredit and sustainable national and international development through the Davis-based organization Freedom from Hunger. And I support several monks-in-training through the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India, which I visited during last year's trip around the world for meditation practice. Other highlights of that trip included expatriate literary monuments and backstreets of London and Paris, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, the Macchu Picchu ruins in Chile, and a scientific research center in Antarctica. I'm looking for a few traveling companions next year, and my upcoming raise will make it possible for me to subsidize their entire trip, as well as keep up with my substantial investments, in socially responsible funds.
I drive an energy-efficient, hybrid vehicle, and have a perfect driving record, to the point where my insurance company has mentioned that I could get away without even having coverage! But I bicycle and roller-blade whenever possible, as I love to travel and visit friends and family. I have many wonderful friends over here, friends and admiring lovers to whom I have dedicated ballads on my guitar.
I've been attending the Burning Man festival for years, everyone knows me by my restored artwork theme camp, where people drop off old, broken appliances and things from their homes and I re-create them into works of art. It received more visitors after the publication of my second novel, Summer Sunsets, where it was mentioned for the first time.
My parents live nearby, in a lovely oaken treated-wood cabin I bought for them with a single personal check to pay off the mortgage. They've relaxed over the years, especially after I earned my second Ph.D. in neurobiology, and become ready to treat me as an adult and an equal. Although they have no biological grandchildren from me and my current life partners, I do have an adorable niece and nephew in Oregon, the kids of my brother and his wife, who come to visit regularly. And I have an adoptive family from all around the world, whom I encourage to visit also. My online friends all take breaks from their otherwise beautiful lives to come see me here - everyone is always welcome to stay however long they would like, in any of my assortment of guest rooms.
Anyway, in reality, welcome to the community!! I look forward to hearing from all of you, to enjoying many beautiful times together.
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