Friday, January 16, 2009

7 Things You Don't Need to Know About Me!

Seven by mdumlao98
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You don't need to know these 7 things about me for two reasons:
1.) If you know me, you have probably already figured these out
2.) Most of these 7 things remain arcane, yet deeply held passions or ideas that I hold.

But that kind of reasoning has never stopped me from attaining a goal before.

Since I was tapped to share in this meme by my wonderful colleague and friend, Anne Mirtschin, from Australia, it seems that I'm wondering: What are 7 things people don't need to know about me? After several false starts, I've listed 7 things and named 7 other colleagues to share this meme.

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1. The desert plains of North America would be a favorite place to live. I enjoy the low humidity and cool nights, as well as traveling to nearby mountains for respite in the hottest times of the year. I especially like New Mexico for its lovely landscapes, rich history and relatively small populations when compared to other mountain states.

2. Gardening and caring for the environment have been a passion of mine, since I was a toddler. Recently I completed the Master Gardener program offered through our Kansas State Extension service. This is a national model, yet it was offered for gardeners in Neosho County, Kansas where I live. My cohort forms a team who will work to encourage more participation in our southeast Kansas area and complete volunteer public gardening works to give back to the Master Gardener program.

3. As a citizen of present day United States of America, I like to talk about the founding fathers' foresight in organizing our country and establishing traditions that continue to serve us well. Next to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America and the American Bill of Rights, my favorite American historical documents are the Northwest Ordinance and the Land Ordinance of 1785. The founders used these documents to establish firmly held beliefs about democracy. These laws were the blueprint for the public land survey system. They also helped establish the people's right to public lands for various uses, including government and schools.

4. I enjoy discussing topics that others believe arcane.

5. Besides reading and gardening, collecting is a favorite hobby. Over the years, I have focused on various items, including fossils, minerals, furniture, glassware and other items like stamps. The longest running collections I have are the minerals and fossils. I enjoy leading fieldtrips and have developed several daytrips and week long tours of our region. One of my favorites is the Volcano Tour, while another is the Sun and Stars Tour. One of my favorite fossil hunting sites is in Peru.

6. I appreciate irony and even a sardonic sense of humor at times. I agree with the beloved American humorist, Will Rogers when he said, "Everyone is ignorant, only in different subjects."

7. My Personal/Professional Learning Network continues to encourage me to push my skills to match my abilities, and I need that. I work well in groups. If I could, I would like to meet my colleagues in the World of Matter. They all make me think, cheer me on and push me to see opportunities and possibilities.

Here are several colleagues that I'm selecting to share in the 7 Things You Don't Need to Know About Me meme:

Malinka Ivanova

William Chamberlain, aka Mr.C: Thanks! We are all enjoying your contribution to the "7 Things" meme. One colleague especially appreciated that you correlated #6: "I love art, music, video games, movies, and books." with #1: "I have a very short attention span." Personally, I don't see how you can teach and NOT have a wandering attention span!

Sherry Crofut

Joyce Seitzinger

Dr. Mark Stock

Amanda Marrinan

Lori Sheldon who has always wanted to be a teacher. Read this engaging contribution to the "Seven Things Meme".

Linda George

Allison Kipta

Elizabeth Holmes


Moggs Oceanlane said...

smiles. I recently did a similar challenge on flickr - second lifers were asked to share 16 real life facts about themselves - I loved reading each and every one of them... I love people and am an avid people watcher so these things really appeal. Thank you for sharing yourself :)

loonyhiker said...

Great list! I love learning more about people. My hubby and I collect things too. In fact, we collect too much because we have to rent a storage building for all our junk, I mean, treasures.

jennylu said...

Happy New Year to you Sheryl and thanks for tagging me. I very much enjoyed learning more about you with your 7 things post. I was tagged for this meme earlier and have written a post listing my 7 things. You can find it here;
I hope your year has begun well. See you on Twitter!

Daisy said...

We have so much in common. Some day we need to meet in the middle. What's halfway between Wisconsin in Kansas? :)

Heidi Pence said...

Thanks for writing about yourself. I find it so interesting to know "personal" things about my PLN. I hope that one day we can meet face to face :)

samccoy said...

Thanks Moggs. I really enjoy hearing about Second Life, and I thank you for sharing these experiences. That challenge would be an excellent one to participate in.

samccoy said...

I appreciate the comments about our treasures, Pat. I always enjoy hearing about your flea market experiences. I have a semi trailer at the farm that I use for all my stuff.
It is good to learn more about our colleagues, and I was glad to participate in this 7 Things meme.

samccoy said...

Jenny, I didn't see your December 29th post. I only searched the 2009 postings, so thanks for the update. I enjoyed reading your 7 Things post.

samccoy said...

Daisy, from the moment I first saw your Compost Happens blog, I knew we were "twins of different mothers".

Thanks for reading my post, I am sure we can me in between some time. I would love that.

samccoy said...

Heidi: Thanks for the kind comments. When I come to your area, I am sure we can get together. It seems that many of my PLN live in Wisconsin. It is a beautiful state.

murcha said...

I am so glad that you got your meme up. I love knowing more about the people I work with and befriend virtually. It fascinates me that there is a 'New Mexico' in Northern America. How did it get its name? I also love collecting things and gardening is one of my passions too. I would love to go to Peru. Hope that 2009 is a great year for you.

Paul Bogush said...

The Land Ordinance of 1785!
I had to look that one up ;)

samccoy said...

Anne, you have been a real inspiration for online collaboration, so I was very glad to be included in your 7 Things group.

Yes, there is a NEW Mexico. That was the name given early on when the Spanish conquered the indigenous peoples of the Southern Rocky Mountain region.

It was called Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico when it was conquered and controlled as part of the greater Spanish Empire in 1598 by "the last conquistador", Juan de Onate, from New Spain (OLD Mexico). This was during the reign of King Phillip II of Spain.

samccoy said...

Yes, Paul my love for the ARCANE is evident in my fascination with the Northwest Ordinance. The legislation itself was called "The Land Ordinance of 1785". Hope the link I provided was helpful.

This bedrock legislation became the source for later legislation called "The Homestead Act" in the mid-1800's.