Hi. I’m Lola Mitchell. I live in the nation’s capital area, with kids, cats and a small dog. I’ve been married for 20 years — but not all of that to the same person (heh). I got into computers in my teens when computers meant tape drives, the original BASIC programming language, and the TRS-80 computers were considered the height of technological cool.
When I want to college, computer science was all about the punch card. COBOL was dreary. I wandered into an anthropology class shortly after my family moved to the DC area from very rural Texas–and I was still reeling a bit from culture shock. For the next decade, I became a field researcher in Asia, had kids, taught at universities, and left after the usual “failing to get tenure” travails.
Failure is not the end. It’s a reboot.
Never having lost my love of computers and all things technological, I snuck into corporate America and became an innovations lead. That’s been fun for the last two decades, almost–but I miss teaching. I love teaching–which brings us to this blog.
Other Things About Me:
- I am a one-year cancer survivor. I was lucky. Get your breast mammography, ladies.
- I am originally from the rural South. Texas Instruments once interviewed me back in the 1970s, when I was a wee lass. I speak English as a second language–when I got to college, my Texas accent was so thick that I needed subtitles.
- I originally wanted to be a food blogger. Except I am, at best, a novice home cook. The cancer year derailed that ambition, but I still think about it. Food blogs are kind of my first real blog infatuation.
- I’m a widow. It’s a profound and sad life experience that has shaped my experience of the world.
- Lola Mitchell is not my name. There are complicated personal reasons for my choice of an online persona, but the person behind the blog is very real and the views and facts here presented are true and authentic.
- I am a writer. I affirm that about myself every day. Writing has been my passion and my joy since I was old enough to hold a crayon.
Welcome to my blog. ~ Lola