I grew up in rural Michigan but lived a year in Palo Alto (4th grade, fond memories of SF), a year in Spain (grad school) and 2 years in Indiana (postdoc), and have been in Atlanta almost 14 years. I strive to live simply, sustainably, peacefully. A bit of an urban homesteader, I grow as much of my food as I can (completely edible front yard), have chickens and a cat, and love cooking, dancing, running, and photography. I have traveled extensively for work (public health) and for fun. My last trip was this past August when I took my 13 yo niece on her first trip abroad -- to Ireland where we volunteered for a week at a family owned garden center and then did some site seeing and hanging out with friends. I am Quaker, Buddhist and have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psych. I am a Senior Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, currently focused on obesity, nutrition and physical activity. I am a mature, responsible, 40-something non-smoker.