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I was born more than half a century ago in Seattle. After wandering the world for a long time, I settled back down about 20 miles from the place of my birth and have been living here for a dozen or so years.

I spent a lot of my working life untangling challenges related to information and document management, eventually doing a few largish knowledge management projects for companies you have heard of.

Lately, I've been less interested in managing knowledge and more interested in issues related to how people come together and organize themselves to effectively achieve common goals. I've got both theoretical knowledge (in the form of a masters degree in Whole Systems Design) and practical experience (in the form of a series of engagements where the most important thing I did was to ask the right questions and make sure that people listened to themselves when they answered them).

In my copious free time, I read too much, wallow in the interwebs, play a little WoW now and again, and sleep way too little.

I have chronic pain and mobility issues, as well as a pancreas that makes my entire body a lot happier when I don't consume very many simple carbohydrates. In addition, I appear to have issues with metabolizing carbohydrates in my muscles. I love food -- cooking it, eating it, talking about it. Hence, a major interest of mine is how to cook low carb without feeling deprived of the things I love the most.

I'm a cat person who is agnostic towards most dogs and downright antagonistic towards a special few dogs.

I go through spurts of crafting intensely, and then this tendency seems to go dormant for a few years until it reappears. Knitting, cross stitch, batik, and warm glass have all had my attention for good stretches of my life. Right now, the crafting instinct is hibernating.

The one thing I never stop doing is writing. Whether it's blog posts, tweets, forum participation, or a growing collection of unpublished (but steadily improving) novels, I just can't stop writing.

Books still stretch my mind, and there are some which have profoundly affected me. Here is a list of books that have changed who I am and how I show up in the world . . .

* Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future by Margaret Wheatley
* In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life by Robert Kegan
* Minyan by Rami Shapiro
* Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein
* Passionate Marriage by David Schnarch
* Lying Awake by Mark Salzman
* The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner
* Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership by Joseph Jaworski
* The Way of Transition by William Bridges

The whole Sorcha identity came from my first WoW avatar on a role-playing server, Sorcha'Rei. I started writing stories about her, and people started calling me "Sorcha", regardless of which character I was playing at that time. I used that name in my guild, on a few writing forums related to the stories I was creating, and on some other discussion forums. Eventually, it started to be my interwebz identity. So when I decided to start this blog, and was not ready to attach it to my real name, I used that name.