Chapter the First


My name is Diane McCarthy, and I live in Chicago with my husband, my greyhounds,
and more plants than you can shake a trowel at.

"You are a perfectionist. Don't spoil it."
--Fortune cookie
 

on Liberty Island, December 2003

I am a liberal child-free naturally curly atheist who loves baseball, chocolate, gardening, hiking, birdwatching, dogs, architecture, photography, computer games, and reading. I grew up in Rockford, Illinois and earned a degree in economics and business administration from Alma College. I have a master's degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and I worked for 10 years in various government jobs as a data analyst and modeler. Now I am in Phase 2 of my adult life, working on a Ph.D. in biology at UIC, with an emphasis on phylogeography and population genetics. More on that here.

  • A brief pictorial tour: ( family & friends | my native environment )
  • My flickr page
  • Proud to be a Native Middle Westerner
  • Child-free and loving it!
  • Visit my greyhounds
  • Various interests - Sims, books, gardening
  • Shameless plug: Buy a customized puzzle from my dad!
  • I am an ISFJ - are you?
  • Read my blog or my garden journal

  • Vacations and other Forays

  • Christmas in Jamaica! - 2000
  • Kurt Vonnegut at the Chicago Public Library - 2001
  • Spring Break in Arizona - 2003
  • CUPPA's Urban Nature Day at the North Park Village Nature Center in Chicago - 2003
  • Chicago Flower and Garden Show - 2004
  • St. Louis - 2004
  • Colorado Springs - 2004
  • Lake Forest Open Lands - Bagpipes and Bonfire - 2004
  • 10th Anniversary Caribbean Cruise - 2004
  • Chicago Flower and Garden Show and Anti-War Protest March - 2005
  • Spring Break in Arizona - 2005 - day 1 day 2 day 3 day 4
  • Millennium Park in downtown Chicago - 2005
  • Austin, Texas - August 2005
  • Jet Set Poker Tournament in Curacao - October 2005
  • 2005 World Series celebrations - October-November 2005
  • Seattle - June 2006

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