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Áine MacDermot is an Irish-Finnish-American woman, 51, in a relationship, educator, disabled veteran, and writes because she loves to. She holds a BS in Education with double minors in Mathematics and Environmental Studies; post-grad work in Computer Science. She served in the US Navy during the Cold War as a Radioman (now called IT) in the field of Communications, where her interest in computing began. In addition to writing about news, politics, poetry and fiction, she does a little bit of freelance web design & web hosting, mulls over antiquated Irish texts, and walks the beaches of Lake Superior. She reads a lot (mostly online), fiddles with computers, studies whatever strikes her interest, and generally likes to have her mind occupied. She also likes gardening, sipping tea, and cooking.

Her first name is pronounced like AHN-ya. Enya is a variant of the same name.

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Personal DNA

You are a Generous Experiencer.

about you

You are an Experiencer

Your inquisitive nature, imagination, and hands-on practicality make you an EXPERIENCER. Although you have an active imagination, you also concern yourself with the functional elements of things. You are willing to experiment to find things that work the most efficiently. Getting stuck in certain habits is boring to you�??you'd rather find new experiences. Accordingly, experiences are more important to you than objects�??you'd rather spend your money and energy on events and adventures than on material things. You like to contemplate a lot of options before making a decision, and you're willing and able to consider a lot of different angles to problems. You're open to suggestions, and often rely on others to assess the merit of those suggestions. You have an ability to see the big picture�??not just how things are, but how they could be�??in a variety of situations. You're not afraid to let your emotions guide you, and you're generally considerate of others' feelings as well. You tend to do things on the spur of the moment, not sticking to a set schedule. You do your own thing when it comes to clothing, guided more by practical concerns than by other people's notions of style.

If you want to be different:

Have faith that your imagination and practicality will complement each other, and lead to good decisions on your part. Take the initiative in seeking things out�??don't wait for them to come to you.

how you relate to others

You are Generous

Your awareness of those around you, along with your nuanced perceptions of the world at large, makes you the GENEROUS person that you are. You value time to yourself and understand how rich your private world can be�??you know that you don't have to go wild to have a good time. You are excited and energized by ideas and often enjoy things more through observation than through experience. This tendency gives you an appreciation for different perspectives and opinions about the world. Being as aware of others as you are doesn't mean you find it easy to trust them immediately�??this is something that happens more slowly for you. Despite this, you are aware of the complexities of many situations and are reluctant to pass judgments on others. Although you have fewer friendships than some people, those that you have are meaningful and are important to you. You value spending time alone�??it is while reflecting on the world around you that you often learn something new about yourself or begin to understand something that's been bothering you. You're not afraid to let your emotions guide you, and you're generally considerate of others' feelings as well. You tend to do things on the spur of the moment, not sticking to a set schedule. You do your own thing when it comes to clothing, guided more by practical concerns than by other people's notions of style.

If you want to be different:

Given how attuned you are to others' thoughts and feelings, you might find that trusting people more is a way to broaden your perspective even further. While you know how much can be learned from observing the world around you, remember that much of life can be lived by experiencing it, not just by understanding it.

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