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The deck is North-facing. This morning it is too damp from recent gales to enjoy squishing into toughly stuffed-and-covered cushions. The air by the railing is moistly warm when a cooling and familiar breeze brushes me back suddenly to a sense memory of Maine. For a moment I stand again stolidly on a rugged Atlantic shore braced against that enduring clime of clam-digging in soggy gray mudflat times amidst brave forays into frigid sprays of white-curled waves glistening on unkempt blues from haunted outlines of unmeasured horizons.
And am swept back indoors for the soft comforts of domestics tasteful and tamed. But the wild ever lures me, seduces me to reveries and raptures of silence, tomorrows and pasts stillborn on the sinews of this passing. All in my instant of a divine blink, or wink, riding the lash of God, hurtling into the eye of the unknown and unknowable -- life's storm against braying lasts.
There will not be an answer; my time here is not a fixed algorithm stringent to the left of an earthly equal sign.

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Onward from the middlin'1990s.... Our smoothly and easily incredible integration now of cyber-technologies into every aspect of daily interactions from schooling to travel to market and shop to museum to stage performance and scientific endeavor to album and archive to real-time spontaneous chat and "live" video teleconference is astounding in acknowledgement and aware realization from its horrifically hostile and awkwardly abstemious reception initially amongst most lay folk when a mere ten percent or less of actively enthusiastic and developmentally involved users were female. Needs and wants of the overwhelmingly numerous males engaged took precedence as a natural consequence in the democratic free-for-all of cybersphere content and design direction during that period of 'net nascence into this era of truer reflection of global populations interactive on the digital wave from an advancing sea of microthis and nanothats still forming and reforming to fruition or froth.

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Addenda: i'm really fortunate to have experienced generally-enthusiastic gender equality in professional tech employment through AMSInc, an international company once Virginia-based and now Canadian-owned.There's no way to thank them enough for "teaching me how to fish" ... but I do try. ;) --

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"... Male/Female: The U.S. population is 51 percent female. In Congress, however, 90 percent of the lawmakers are male, 89 percent in the House of Representatives and 93 percent in the Senate. Race/Ethnic Makeup: The U.S. population includes 12 percent African Americans, 9 percent Hispanics, and 3 percent Asian/Pacific Islanders and other groups. Congress, however, is 87 percent white; 85 percent in the House and 96 percent in the Senate. Age: The median age of the U.S. population is 32.9. Yet the median age of the members of Congress is 53. Occupation: Of the total U.S. work force of 124 million people, only 6 percent are lawyers. Yet 45 percent of the members of Congress are lawyers...." --

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