Let me just get this out of the way: I have brain damage. It affects mostly my memory and coordination, which means I spend a lot of time standing in the middle of rooms, saying to my self, "What did I come in here for? Or was I already in here and headed somewhere else?" It also means I can't connect names with faces, don't remember dates, etc. Pretty much anything I want to remember for any length of time has to be written down so I can refer to it frequently. This makes some rituals and spells difficult, if not outright impossible. And I'm having to relearn all the correspondences and associations and principles. This would be soooo much easier if the trailer hadn't burned down and taken my whole library with it, lol, but it is what it is. Please forgive me if I don't know something simple or sound stupid. In my case, I literally HAVE forgotten more than some people will ever know.

Ok, now the good stuff. Yes, that is my real name. Life is too short to hide in the shadows, and I've always been a 'stand up and be counted'-kind of gal. I worked as a paralegal for a short time in a large city, and for several years as a 911 dispatcher in my home town. I never hid my interests, and only butted heads with a couple of people over it. I'm all about free speech and freedom of expression. I make Art, which means I plop things down on the table and my family goes, "It's pretty, but I don't get it." My dogs are not my babies, but they are my friends. I sleep between 2 A.M. and 6 A.M., if I'm lucky, which leaves plenty of time to read. I'm so afraid of the dark I have to sleep with the TV on. My favorite shows all revolve around forensics, crime, or medicine. I love rum raisin ice cream. I'm also diabetic, short, and fat; I snore; I smoke; I laugh way too loud, and usually at the wrong things. My favorite story of all time is Poe's 'Cask of Amontillado.' Some days I wake up feeling so vicious, bloodthirsty, and mean it's like I'm channeling Attila the Hun with a bad hangover, and sometimes I'm so full of sweetness and light I raise my own blood sugar level.

I am presently living with my extended family; apparently, it's a bad idea for me to wander alone. By 'extended', I mean my parents in their 60's to my great-nephew of five months. There are eight people, nine dogs, two cats, two parakeets, and a fish at the moment. I do have my own bedroom where I spend most of my time, and my own laptop. I look forward to learning and making friends.

peace,

Mary

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