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My Favorite Books
I love to read. Below are some of the books I have enjoyed over the years.
1) Becoming – Michelle Obama – This book really showed what “regular” people the Obamas were. Mrs. Obama came from lower-middleclass family. Through natural talent, hard work, and family support, she achieved greatness in her own right.
2) The Road – Cormac McArthy – This is the story of a father and son’s journey in a post-apocalyptic world. It is strangely written without names or punctuation. It highlights the father’s love for his son.
3) Fall of Giants (Trilogy) – Ken Follett – Love historical fiction. These stories follow the trials and tribulations of multiple families through multiple generations.
4) Dry - Neal & Jarrod Shusterman - This is the story of the water taps running dry in Los Angeles & Orange County. It is based around some young adults surviving together in search of water.
5) Origins – Dan Brown – This is the story of artificial intelligence. This is an interest of mine as it will have great societal impacts. I believe we need to be thinking about those impacts and possible solutions now.
I took up running a few years ago. I’m not fast and don’t go far, but I enjoy the challenge that running presents. It requires great physical as well as mental strength. It also allows me time to get outside and enjoy nature.
I love to read. My favorite types of book are historical fiction and non-fiction / biography.
I am really interested in genealogy. I think it ties in with my interest in history. When my mom passed away, I inherited “the boxes”. Inside these boxes were photographs, letters, and artifacts, many dated from the 1800s. I cherish these items. I would often stare at these photos, imagining what life was like for the people in them. What were their interests? What was their profession? I have been able to connect with distant cousins and share family information. If you want to get me talking, just ask about my family tree, specifically my 3rdgreat-grandfather, Timothy Broadman Robinson.
What Others Say About Me
About a year ago I went through a process of self-reflecting. Curious to see the perception others had of me, I reached out to friends, colleagues, and family asking for 3 words that describe me.
As an exercise for the Windsor Town Board, we participated in the CliftonStrengths to determine our top 5 personality strengths to better learn about each other. Below are my top 5 based on the CliftonStrengh survey.