Meet Ironnica: Eclectic, Intelligent and Irish

Friend with Ironnica on Graduation Day

Friend with Ironnica on Graduation Day

Ironnica is one of our top Supervisors in the areas of Chemistry and Math. He has a special talent for chemistry in particular and is currently doing a PhD in the subject, and he is just 25 years old! To pay his way through school, he bartends and he also works with undergraduate students at University. On our site, he is an AnswerThon winner in Second Place, and a member of the Mentoring Program and Vandal Patrol. He is also a Category Supervisor in Math and Arithmetic and Chemistry and related areas. At over 26, 000 contributions, he is already a Gold Contributor. It is an honor to have Ironnica helping out on our site! Read more and get to know this young Irishman.

What is your first name?

My first name is Liam.

What is your occupation?

I am a PhD student in Dublin City University. My area of study is solar fuels generation in the Department of Chemistry.

What enticed you to join our community?

I asked a question about a guitar that I wanted to buy, the Jackson WRMG. It has a very unusual shape and I wanted to know if it would fit into a normal sized soft guitar bag. Somebody actually checked their guitar and let me know that it did. From there, I answered a few questions while in  my first year of college and later I was asked to join the Premier Answerers Facebook page. That was a very nice touch. Following that, the community of people on the site made it somewhere that I wanted to stay. There are a lot of lovely people here.

What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?

I like answering questions. I’ve recently been working through a few key words, mainly on unit conversions, as a means to clean the backlog up. I could try to guess alternative wording for answers in the hope of slotting an answer in, but for the majority of these questions, they require a one sentence answer, and it is far more efficient to just answer them. When I started,  I used to look up the answers to questions I had a vague idea about, and I learned a lot of random things myself through that method. I used reliable sources so I do not fear that the info was incorrect!

What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

The move from an institute of technology (IT Carlow) to university was daring. I didn’t come from a house with vast amounts of money, but I knew from my time in Carlow that chemistry was my calling and that I would have been at a disadvantage if I didn’t take the plunge.

What is your favorite type of music? What is your favorite band or artist?

Andy McKee

Andy McKee

I used to be into heavy metal and some power metal, hard rock, punk and a random mix aside from that. I have gone now drifted towards pop punk and listen to Less than Jake, The Offspring, Blink 182, Bad Religion, Lars Frederiksen, Bouncing Souls, Fight Like Apes and Dead Cat Bounce. Two legends of music that I’ll always hold very dear are Andy McKee (double hand tapping acoustic) and Ludovico Einaudi (Italian composer and pianist). I’ve been very lucky to see both and they gave incredible shows.

What makes you unique?

I am a very honest person, and if I’m not being honest, I have good reason not to be. I am not religious, but I do live by a loose idea of karma. I have been very lucky in life to get where I am, which encourages me to continue this way and to keep in mind who may be affected by my actions or lack of them.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

I am most passionate about chemistry, and as of late, inspiring younger minds by explaining things in ways that I wish had been told to me. I have always been passionate about my three nephews and my niece and I hope to be there for them whenever they need me in the future.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

I don’t need to look far in my life for inspiration thankfully. My girlfriend, Andrea is a rock, and a very intelligent, capable and highly motivated individual, and to put up with me is something to be admired on its own.

My dad and sister have always offered me help. My dad has provided me with any tools that I have needed in life, and has done his level best for me. I have quite a few aunts and uncles who are there to give support whenever needed, in particular, my uncle Eamonn who is a Catholic priest. He (and others) has looked out for me and we get on remarkably well, considering I am an atheist. He respects that, and it goes unmentioned.

Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’? Why?

I am a half empty type of person, a bad habit. Doing research is an absolute roller-coaster that has you picking yourself up a few times a week. That’s where the forced optimism comes in, and the “ah sure, it’ll be grand” line.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I won the 2009 Eurachem Analytical Measurement Competition in Ireland. I was selected as one of five IT students to represent Ireland at the 2008 London International Youth Science Forum. I got a side qualification in quality assurance while attending Carlow IT. I finished top of class in my undergraduate degree. Also, I never dreamed that I could have the opportunity to do a PhD, and for getting here (a long road to go yet) I am proud no matter what lies ahead in the future.

Anything else?

Not so much a question, but I have to thank the Answers team for the opportunity to enter the recent AnswersThon and for being the lovely people that they are. They have provided a platform of free education.  I am also thankful to Sal Khan of Khan Academy, Wikipedia, and the infinite amount of freely available educational resources on the Internet. We really live in a knowledge-rich environment with all these media available at our fingertips. With proper dedication, anyone can succeed, with the right tools already in place.

Check out some of Ironnica’s questions on Answers.com:

How do you find the answer to A girl counted 28 geese and horses on the farm all together and if there were 78 legs how many were geese?

What two factors most influence the chance a collision will occur between atoms of chemical reactions?

What are 5 ways to know that a chemical reaction has taken place?

How much water will a 25 millimeter by 100 millimeter pipe hold?

 

 

Meet Galileedawn: Honored Rabbi, Valued Contributor

GalileeDawnGalileedawn is our resident expert on all things related to Judaism. As a writer, educator and researcher, he is an expert who shares his vast knowledge on the site. He is also an active member of our Answers.com community as Category Supervisor, WikiReviewer Editor, Noble WikiGuide, Vandal Patrol Generalist and he has Gold Contributor status. Currently residing in Israel, Galileedawn was born in the United States. Read more and get to know Galileedawn.

What is your occupation?

I am a Rabbi, engaged in the study and teaching of  the Talmud, Tanakh, halakha (Jewish law) and other areas of Judaism. I also am a writer and proofreader.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

Galilee

Galilee

My handle is Galileedawn, since I live in the Galilee region of Israel. “Dawn” is a symbol of hope and beginnings.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I have dual citizenship, but I was “made in the U.S.A.”

What enticed you to join our community?

I noticed that many questions in the Judaism categories are either unanswered or have answers that are incomplete or inaccurate. I feel it is important that Judaism should be written about in a way that gives voice to our Torah heritage, replete with sources from Talmud, Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) and halakha (Torah-law), wherever applicable. I also feel that those who are posting questions are interested in seeing a traditional Jewish viewpoint in the answer, not a watered-down version.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am proud of learning the Tanakh and several Talmud tractates (volumes) with their commentaries.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I am proud of answering thousands of questions in the Judaism categories with what I hope are informative answers.

What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

Once I  jumped out of a second-story window.

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

My only wish is for closeness to God.

Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’?  

Half full: Judaism is well-known for its optimism.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

I have a collection of several hundred books in Hebrew and English on Jewish topics. My hobby is Wikianswers.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.” That one brief quote answers reams of questions. It gives purpose to existence.

Rashi

Rashi

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My inspiration is Rashi, a Talmud commentator who lived from 1040 to 1105.

Do you have any special talents?

I can write grammatically. That’s getting less common these days.

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

I can do quick math computations in my head.

Check out some of Galileedawn’s answers:

How does Judaism give life meaning and purpose?

What are the top ten facts about the Talmud?

What does the Jewish feast of Hanukkah celebrate?

Why is David important in the history of Judaism?

Fall Frenzy AnswerThon: Win up to $300 for showing off what you know!

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Join us and find out! The 2013 Fall Frenzy AnswerThon is an Answers™ contest, rewarding the individuals who answer the most unanswered questions in a 2-day period.  It will be held November 23rd-24th, and there are $2,000 in Amazon gift cards and merchandise to award to 28 winners!

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Meet KrazE1: Lover of naps, coffee and fish

KrazE1 has been on the site for just about a year now and already she is making her mark! She was a Runner Up in the Sizzlin’ Summer AnswerThon, and she’s already a graduate of TIP, our premier program that trains members to become Supervisors on the site. Off the site, KrazE1 is an expert on freshwater fish. She loves coffee, and her naps…caffeine apparently doesn’t interfere with her sleep! Read more to learn about this Gold Contributor!

What is your first name? My first name is Kim.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

My username is KrazE1 and it’s pronounced as “crazy” because sometimes I am. I thought it was just an interesting spelling.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I’m from Ontario, Canada. Our crazy weather makes it a special place.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I had been looking for a fish item online to purchase, and I noticed a question and answer for the site.

What enticed you to join our community?

When I first entered the site, the question I came upon had incorrect information regarding goldfish. I couldn’t possibly ignore it, so I just had to join to edit the response. Then I found even more questions about goldfish that needed answers, and I’ve been here ever since.

How did you become an expert on fish?

I’m certainly no expert, as there are always new things to learn, but after more than 15 years of keeping fish, and doing lots of research, it has helped me learn many things to keep my fish healthy.

What is your favorite fish?

That would have to be a Calico Ribbontail. It is a type of goldfish, but it has very long fins which exceed its body in length. It almost looks like Linus dragging along his comfort blanket when it swims.

What else can you tell us about goldfish?

5 year old Spot

5 year old Spot

Goldfish actually grow quite a bit when they are given the recommended amount of space and care. The fish in the picture is named Spot, and he is just over 5 years old. I am just barely holding him in my hand, so you can appreciate his size.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I would be a house cat. Cats can nap all day!

Do you have any pets?

Silly O

Silly O

I have two cats who are true brothers. One of them, named Oreo, frequently makes a point to stare me down when he wants me to give him attention, instead of sitting on my laptop.

What is your favorite type of music?  

My favourite types of music are heavy metal, hard rock, punk, and rock. My favourite band is Nirvana.

 

What was the last song you listened to?

Volbeat, about Lola Montez.

What is your favorite song?

It’s a tie between two songs for me: Metallica’s Fade to Black, and Judas Priest’s Before the Dawn.

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com Supervisor?

It’s a challenge to merge the questions that are asked repeatedly when there are already answers for questions much the same, but just worded differently or misspelled.

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

I would visit Scotland because I absolutely love everything related to castles and medieval times and there is much to be seen there.

Check out some of KrazE1′s answers on the site:

What song is played in the closing credits of the movie Kurt Cobain about a son?

How do you tell if a goldfish is pregnant?

Can a viper fish drink coffee?

 

Meet Natural Val: From massage to mountain climbing

Natural Val is a knowledgeable health care professional who we are lucky to have on the site. His teaching background makes his answers easy to understand and he loves to share his knowledge. On the site, you will find him as a Mentor, Senior Supervisor and Silver Contributor.  Offsite, he is  a man of many talents: graphic artist, photographer and mountain climber – and he has some awesome stories about survival in the wilderness. Check out Valentin’s interview to learn more about this intelligent and dedicated contributor.

What is your first name?

My first name is Valentin, pronounced Valenteen. Most people call me Val because it’s easier to say. I would like to think that my parents named me after the three Roman Emperors named Valentinius, but since they were silent movie buffs, they were probably thinking of Rudolph Valentino.

What is your occupation?

Pantheistic Symmetry  by Valentin

Pantheistic Symmetry
by Valentin

I have had a few different careers associated with either photography and graphic arts or allied health care like massage therapy, and now nursing. And, since I am so much of a people person, I consider myself as being mostly a health sciences educator.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

I have always loved nature and the great outdoors. I was teaching at a massage therapy school in North Carolina when I first joined Answers.com. The name of the school was the Natural Touch School of Massage. I liked the name so much that I incorporated the word ‘natural’ into many of my usernames. And so, for WikiAnswers Natural Val was a natural choice. Pun intended.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes that place special?

I come from what is now known as Serbia-Montenegro. When I was born there it was called Yugoslavia, but in Europe a person takes on ethnicity and cultural affiliation from one’s heritage and one’s parents, and not according to the borders where one is physically born. My father is Romanian and my mother, Hungarian so I was a misfit because that was considered a mixed marriage. Because of a difficult political situation, my family, which included my parents and my older sister, Ofelia, immigrated to the United States when I was five years old.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I was doing research for an anatomy and physiology class I was teaching, and found a link to a question that I could not resist answering myself on Answers. A week later, after I had answered a few more questions, a Supervisor invited me to join because she liked the way I answered questions.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

My proudest accomplishment is being polyglottic and that means lots of glotts, which is the Latin word for tongues. I have learned to speak seven languages throughout my life. Five of those I learned to speak with native fluency by the time I was six years old. In order, they were: Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian, Italian, and American English. It was later that I learned conversational levels of French and American Sign Language (ASL); more like what people call their second language, only they were my sixth and seventh. I even taught ASL and English reading and writing skills to deaf adults at the Deaf Community Center of San Diego for a while. These were people that had been born deaf and had minimal, if any, communication skills and no formal education. They had family that brought them here after they, themselves, immigrated to the US from other parts of the world; places like Thailand, Vietnam, Colombia, Mexico, and Ethiopia. I consider being their teacher here in America as a sort of a coup d’état  considering my earlier situation when I was the foreigner without a clue as to what was going on.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I am proudest for starting the category of Massage Therapy. I was not only its first Supervisor but, at the time there was no Alternative Health category, so it had to be added to make a place for Massage Therapy. I was also the first Human Anatomy Supervisor.

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

My three wishes are to end all wars, end all world hunger, and end all disease. If that ever happened we would probably overpopulate the world and that would make all three of those wishes impossible to attain as long as we all stayed on just this one planet. And so, since we haven’t started inhabiting Mars, yet, I have to take back all three wishes and choose another one, and only one. And that would have to be that we learn to share the Earth; not only sharing it with other human beings, but with all of life that has a home on this wet rock flying around a star in one of the 200 billion, or more, galaxies in this vast Universe. There may be enough room out there, but since we are all still here, let’s make the best of it.

Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’? 

I view it as half full. But you probably could have easily guessed that by now.

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com Supervisor?

The most challenging thing is to figure out what the questioner is trying to learn. In other words, what is the question? I try to enter the mindset of the person who wrote it, and that means I try to guess the approximate age and level of knowledge or experience the person may have with the subject. I especially love the questions that children ask because they are usually from a perspective of either curiosity or just plain awe about the world around them.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

I am most passionate about my life. My definition of life is the period of time when a biological organism uses its will and intention to influence changes in its internal and external environments. So, life is about having opportunities to make changes.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

What is your favorite quote and why?

“You should make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.” – Albert Einstein. After that it would have to be: “And don’t call me Shirley!” – Hollywood movie classic, Airplane.

Who is your inspiration in life?

My grandparents from the Hungarian village where I spent the first part of my life are the biggest inspiration for me. My grandmother was the village doctor, nurse, and midwife and my grandfather was the most skilled farmer, craftsman, and animal tender in their town. Everybody respected them both. My grandfather’s philosophy was to make friends and visit with everybody, but stay true to your own beliefs and ways while respecting others.

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

I would love to visit the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa because I would love to be a guest of the native San people or the Bushmen, as they are also known.

Do you have any special talents?

One of my proudest achievements is solo camping in the Cascade Mountains of Northern California where I spent three days and nights with no tent, no sleeping bag, no flashlight, no matches, and no modern camping equipment. All I carried was a knife and blanket. During those three glorious days I explored the local plants and wildlife. Those three days and nights are burned deeply into my memory.

Check out these answers by Natural Val:

Why do you need habitats?

What is the principal role of protein in the body?

What is the last part of the brain to develop fully?

Creative, caring and cultured: Meet Bolognaking

With almost 39,000 contributions, Bolognaking is a Gold Contributor, Category Supervisor, and WikiReviewer copy editor on our site. He’s also a regular participant in our AnswerThons and the 2011 WAmmy Award winner for the Literature and Language Category. He uses his expertise about Shakespeare to contribute to the Literature categories. It is a pleasure to introduce the all around talented Bolognaking to our community!

What is your first name?

My first name is Mason, but I am better known as Bolognaking.

What is your occupation?

I am retired from full-time work and I am now am a substitute teacher and teacher of English as a Second Language.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

I chose my username a long time ago. We had an Italian friend who used to complain about people pronouncing Bologna as Baloney. I think that had something to do with it.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I live in a small town (population about 1700) on the Canadian prairies. Some people don’t like small town life. I do.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I was going through some old Laurentian pencils and noticing that they used to have the most interesting names for the colours (Hollywood Cerise, Orchid Purple, Midnight Black etc.). There was one colour I couldn’t find and I asked on Answers. I didn’t get an answer, but it got me curious about the site. I looked at some of the questions and said “I know the answer to that!” and I was off.

What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?

Answering first. Editing and merging questions, second.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

In the end it’s the simple things that matter. I am most proud of my children, who are good people with good values. I cannot take full credit for that, but I am still proud.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I’m proud of some of my better answers, the ones which took a lot of research.

What is your favorite type of music?  

I’ll listen to anything except country music. And even that has its moments.

What was the last song you listened to?

Solitario Corazón by Fausto Miño.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Who is your favorite poet?  

My favourite author, who was also a poet, is William Shakespeare. Plays and short stories are my favourite forms of literature; novels are my least favourite form.

What makes you unique?

Everyone is unique. It’s what makes life worth living. Diversity makes life better; uniformity crushes the soul.

Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’?  

If the glass is half empty, that means that there is an opportunity to fill it. If you look at it as half full, you are regretting that it was once completely full. I’ll take half empty.

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com Supervisor?

Changes to the website mean that you have to go back and develop new procedures. This wastes time, and sometimes it is less than clear why the changes were made. As a Supervisor, the most annoying and challenging problem is that the people asking the questions often do not use proper spelling or grammar. In many cases the questioner could have easily received his answer if he had taken the time to phrase his question right. Unfortunately we are faced with a deluge of variant spellings and grammatically incorrect questions which have to be corrected.

Monopoly Man

Monopoly Man

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?  

I have a collection of recorded performances of Shakespeare’s plays (including movie adaptations) with about 150 titles. But I am a sucker for collections: I have collections of playing cards with non-standard shapes or facecards and of unusual Monopoly games.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

Truth. Kindness. Fairness. Diversity. Tolerance.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“We’re actors; we’re the opposite of people” Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. I think that would work for anyone who has been an actor.

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

I have been to a lot of them, but that only makes you hungrier for more. Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal, Mecca, Dumfries, Abu Simbel, and Istanbul are on the list.

Do you have any special talents?  

I don’t know about talents, but I love to create. Painting, drawing, writing, performing and writing music, acting, directing, cooking, building – I love doing anything creative, including answering questions.

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

I’m a Freemason.

Check out some of Bolognaking’s Answers :

What was it like to be alive in 1517?

What is blank verse?

What prophecy did the witches give to Caesar?

Meet Gralistair: Lover of travel and barbecues in the US!

 

Gralistair on vacation!

Gralistair on vacation!

Gralistair is a brilliant and trusted member of the Answers.com community. He humbly believes he has few contributions on the site: a mere 77, 476 contributions making him a Gold Contributor! He supervises many categories related to travel and airports, and he contributes most actively to the Plastics and Polymers, Chemistry and Metal and Alloys categories. Born and educated in the UK, this British chemist makes his home in Kansas City, Missouri and he loves the United States! Read on to learn more about Gralistair.

What is your first name? My name is Graham.

What is your occupation?

I am a research scientist in the fields of Chemistry and Materials Science.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

It’s Gralistair. My first name is Graham and my middle name is Alistair. So my username is a contraction of those two. My father to this day calls me Graham Alistair.

Where are you from and what makes this place special?

I was born in Chester, an old Roman fort city on the River Dee, in England and then raised in Preston, Lancashire. I was educated in London, but I have lived most of the last 13 years in Kansas City, Missouri. The people from the midwest in the United States are wonderful – and of course the barbecue is outstanding. The climate is very different from what I was used to in the UK.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I was researching a chemical question in connection with my job. I came across this site. Incidentally the answer was wrong, but I said so and contributed to the discussion and suggested an edit.

What enticed you to join our community?

There are two reasons: I was actually a contributor on a rival site, but found Answers.com to be the best and livliest site. The main reason though is my age and time of life. Although I will always be committed to lifelong learning and I truly believe I can learn something from everyone, at 56 years old, I want to give something back. I like answering questions and editing the answers of other people, so the whole community can gain in knowledge and benefit from my expertise and experience.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I would choose the American Bald Eagle. I love the USA, so it seems appropriate. And I believe in freedom, something this bird truly has. Flying like a bird is the ultimate in freedom.

What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?

I like to answer questions and edit. As a Supervisor, I have the added privilege of merging multiple similar questions and answers and then doing a heavy edit and clean up. I get credit for this of course, but many have contributed to the final outcome. Let us all remember, everything is possible as long as we are not worried about who gets the credit.

If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason would you give that person to become a part of our community?

The reasons to join are to be part of something good; to be part of the community; to learn; to contribute; and to help others.

Imperial College London

Imperial College London

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am proud of getting a Master of Science degree with distinction in Engineering. I’m also proud that I received the prize for Student of the Year from Imperial College London, a top 25 university. Given my education and experience, I regularly receive invitations to speak around the world on technical subjects.

Last, but not least, I have flown in and out of, slept in, driven in, photographed the “Welcome to” sign, and visited the capital city of all 50 states in the United States.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

None really, as I am not a huge contributor. I have only 80,000 contributions and there are many others that make far greater contributions than I do. Because I really am busy, I do not contribute as much as I would like to.

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?

I was once trapped on the Brazilian side of Iguaçu Falls. We could not get back into Argentina because the Brazil/Argentine border was blocked by striking taxi drivers. To resolve the problem, my small tour party crossed illegally into Paraguay and navigated through the streets until arriving at  the river. We then charmed our way – with the help of our tour guide – through naval border security, boarded a very small fishing boat, and crossed the river back to Argentina.

What is your favorite type of music?

I like electric folk music and my favorite band is Steeleye Span.

What is your favorite song?

My favorite is Sebastian by Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel.

Who is your favorite poet?

My favorite poet is Wilfred Owen and my favorite poem is Dulce et Decorum Est by Owen. It does the exact opposite of glorifying war from the perspective of someone who had lived through World War I.

What makes you unique?

Every human being on the planet is unique. I am a human being – ‘nuff said.

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

1) World peace 2) That I could fly 3) That I could have enough money to retire and fly First Class all the time.

Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’?

I am the eternal optimist. I do not believe in the Kobayashi Maru (to use a Star Trek analogy). There are infinite possibilities and I always look for the good in people, not the bad.

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com Supervisor?

I find it frustrating to re-categorize answers that another Supervisor has moved to the wrong category, probably by batch recategorizing  100 answers or more at a time to get their organization contributions higher. Sorry if the frustration shows through.

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com contributor?

It is a challenge to keep quality up and not worry about quantity.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

My passion is public speaking.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“If you bang your head against a brick wall it is not the wall that gets hurt.” I claim credit for inventing the quote, and it illustrates that it is best to move on rather than engaging in a futile exercise.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

Without a shadow of a doubt, it is my father. He laboriously corrected my grammar and more, when I was a very young child. Therefore, if you lend to someone, you borrow from them.

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

I would like to visit Antarctica below the Antarctic circle. It is remote, barren and very few people on the planet have gone there.

Do you have any special talents?public-speaking

Well, I do not like blowing my own trumpet and slapping my own back, but I can stand up at about 10 seconds notice in front of a large crowd of people and give a speech about almost anything. I love public speaking.

 

 

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