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People in the U.S. tend to identify themselves first by their work, when that's (ideally) only part of who we are.

I'll get to that, but first, I'll lay out my many other influences, roles, and passions, all of which inspire and inform my blog posts (when I get around to writing them).
  • parent (step for 2) to 4 great young people (26, 22, 19, and 16); 
  • wife to the one great love of my life, @EricRacesBikes (who sporadically writes a bike training/racing blog); 
  • bike commuter even in the rain and cold because riding makes me so much happier than not riding;
  • good cook of dessert-ish treats and foods vegetarian, knitter, voracious reader (historical novels, literary fiction, science fiction and fantasy, nonfiction on interesting slices of thought and time, and a surprisingly large number of works having to do with the zombie apocalypse), lover of movies, game player with my family (mahjongg, Pente, Parcheesi, Bananagrams, many others, most recently getting hooked on Settlers of Catan and Tsuro);
  • @BarbChamberlain on Twitter
  • founder of the Women Bike Blogs list. finding and highlighting links to blogs by biking women from around the world on Twitter as @WomenBikeBlogs and on the Facebook page
  • founder of Bike Style Lifea (sporadic) blog meant to bring women together for mutual support on the quest for the intersection of style and comfort, also on Twitter @BikeStyleLife and Facebook;
  • since August 2012 a resident of Seattle after many years living in and loving Spokane (good thing my job is statewide);
  • community volunteer who gives time to active transportation in particular, with doses of things like social justice, health, schools and the environment for good measure;
  • as of March 1, 2017, the first Director of a newly created Active Transportation in the Washington State Dept. of Transportation;
  • which followed serving as a leader in bike advocacy, first as Executive Director of Washington Bikes, then as Chief Strategic Officer of Washington Bikes and Cascade Bicycle Club after leading us into this merger to create the nation's largest bicycle nonprofit; 
  • and before that, a director of communications and public affairs in higher education for many years;
  • the youngest woman ever elected to the Idaho House and Senate (going waaaay back);
  • and someone who fundamentally believes that the world is a better place when we treat each other first and foremost as human beings (instead of as ideologies or forms of transportation or any other label) and apply big doses of kindness, civility, and humor, along with a reminder of what happens when we assume.
Herewith, a reverse chronological list of posts on this blog, on my bike-focused blog Bike Style, the Washington Bikes blog, Cascade Bicycle Club blog, and guest posts elsewhere. Once you get past the bike writing, I certainly wander around from topic to topic, don't I? You may also want to check out the other page tabs on the blog if you want to see a specific set of topics; I've broken the archives into chunks on those pages.

A note on the blog names: The Bicycle Alliance of Washington became Washington Bikes on Nov. 2, 2013. I've left the original name associated with the post when it was published and have updated the links to point to the new site.
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