I have been self-employed for twenty years: I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri at Columbia. I received a Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Engineering (combining Ocean Engineering and Civil Engineering) from the University of Washington in Seattle.

While I do not claim to be a cat lover, per se, I love my own cats (it's a subtle difference). The Burmese is a beautiful breed, and I enjoyed the hobby of breeding Burmese cats for several years, forming my own Moonmaid Cattery.

Personally, I am a member of the Society for Creative Anachronisms (S.C.A., Inc.). where I am now known as Katla járnkona (also as Symmonne Deccarrete de Villette and Darbie of Ironmaid.)

I have been a vegetarian since 1980. As a lacto-vegetarian, I don't eat meat, fish, fowl or eggs. It's wonderful! I am a recovering choco-holic; I haven't eaten chocolate since November, 1988.

I love the movies, almost any genre except horror. I am also an avid reader, although I like to visit my favorites often: Anne McCaffrey, Elswyth Thane and Jean Auel.

I have from time to time flirted with the hobby of triathlon. I am working to return to the fitness I had ten years ago.

I was a bone marrow match for a woman with leukemia and, on December 18, 1997, I donated my marrow. I was hoping that this will help save her life. (sadly, that didn't happen - she died of a pulmonary embolism - chemotherapy is, after all, very hard on a body!) This is a very humbling gift, and I would encourage everyone to go to your local blood center, or contact the National Marrow Donor Program, to find out about registering. You may never be called - but someone, some day, may need your marrow. If you are not registered, they may never find you (and they may die). Please, please, register.

This summer, I began to experience some health problems of my own. I am currently in a battle with the silent killer, ovarian cancer. It's made life interesting, to be sure, but it gives me the opportunity to work on personal growth.

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Darbie Marlin