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1. What is your name?

My name is Mary

2. Tell us something about you, your background, and what you've been up to lately?

I'm from Chicago and now live in southwest Florida. I've lived roughly half my life in Chicago and half in Florida, in Naples, Delray Beach, and Lake Worth. I have worked in more than one library, and am about to start work in another. I'm what you would call a 'night owl.' My day-to-day 'uniform' primarily consists of dark heather grey tees, cutoffs, and moto boots. I'm a lefty in every sense of the word. I have an ornery orange and white cat named Freddie Parker. I'm five feet, two inches tall. I've been vegan for almost fifteen years, more than half of my life. I like to sand and refinish furniture, and learn how to work on cars. Right now, I'm finishing up a Bachelor's degree. 

3. How did you discover Everything, and how did you become a noder?

I don't know how much the local news gets into the national or international circuit, but events in my hometown have supposedly been drawing a lot of media attention. They have been here, anyway.

The Albuquerque Police Department has recently gotten itself into some trouble due to their absurd number of lethal shootings, the most egregious (but not the latest) one being the shooting of James Boyd, an extremely troubled man by all accounts who is probably the only homeless man in the entire…

Affluenza has cropped up more recently as a criminal defense, and even as an after-the fact consideration in criminal sentencing. Two recent criminal cases highlight this. The first was the case of Ethan Couch, a Texas teenager who killed four people while driving drunk. His defense as articulated in testimony on his behalf by a psychologist was, literally:
“He never learned that sometimes you don’t get your way.... He had the cars and he had the money. He had freedoms that no