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True to my hobby farm background, I enjoy digging up my yard and replacing the grass with flowers, vegetables, and berries. In my vegetable garden, I grow collard greens, basil, tomatoes, onions, raspberries, lettuce, and peppers; in my flower gardens, favorites include Agastache, Aquilegia, Berlandiera lyrata, Monarda, Penstemon, Rudbeckia, and Echinacea. This past fall I planted about 103 bulbs, mostly tulips. Additionally, I've been lucky enough to grow an azalea in my alkaline soil.
I hike anywhere there are mountains and trees. I first visited Rocky Mountain National Park when I was five years old and I still love to hike there. I've climbed Mt. Handies (14,068 feet), Mt. Chiquita (13,069 feet), Hallet Peak (12,713 feet), Mount LeConte (6,593 feet), and Mount Rogers (5,729 feet), but mostly I like just being outside in nature.
A few years ago, I took art classes from a local artist. My Grandmother was an artist and my mother was a skilled crafts person, so maybe there is some hope for me.
I'm the founding member of the Kearney Introverts Club (KIC). We don't have meetings or events. I know of four other members; everybody is welcome to join.
I'm a developer for the Maxima computer algebra system. I wrote to_poly_solve, code for symbolic and numerical evaluation of hypergeometric functions, including orthogonal polyomials, a solver for second order linear differential equations, and support for linear algebra calculations; additionally, I coauthored nset (support for finite sets).