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My Wikipedia goals

To do any useful tasks I can, no matter how minor, especially for WP Film, WP Actors and Filmmakers, and WP Food and drink

To learn to be an excellent editor and a helpful mentor to newbies

To create good new articles

My Wikipedia history

I began actively editing on Wikipedia on June 20, 2013.

I've had two articles accepted so far, thanks to lots of help from experienced Wikipedians.

I've now joined Wikibooks so that I can work on their cookbook project.

Twilight in the Gobi
On an inlet in the Galapagos Islands

Some things I've done so far in my life

  • Hitchhiked around Europe when I was 21 (I wouldn't do it now!)
  • Cared for infant zoo animals as a volunteer in a zoo nursery
  • Was the chef/owner of a restaurant for eleven years
  • Participated in a paleontological expedition in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia
  • Established a program of free classes in cooking and nutrition for low-income families

Some things I like

  • Reading or re-reading a truly well-written book
  • Watching a well-crafted movie - no cookie-cutter Hollywood schlock
  • Listening to classic jazz, old and new
  • Enjoying local food and public markets in other parts of the world
  • Cooking a recipe I've never done before or creating one of my own
  • Challenging the status quo

A favorite quote

"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." E. B. White

Quoted in a profile by Israel Shenker, "E. B. White: Notes and Comment by Author", The New York Times (1969-07-11)