I’m Katie’s mother, Esther’s Mémé, Rick’s partner, and a professional geek. Katie and I enjoyed a homeschooling adventure until Katie entered college, and I still feel a close affinity for home educators. I live in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area with Rick and our critters.
I inherited my distaste for all things that don’t work well from my father, Bill Roberson. In me, it has grown into a habit of imposing order on my environment, stopping the spread of entropy whenever possible, and setting up systems to spread serenity. Thus, I became the Enemy of Entropy. I thank my mother, Dianna Roberson (née Goss), for introducing me to the world of letters, words, and books. I’m also the Slayer of Red Tape Dragons and She Who Says What Must Be Said (especially when people don’t want, but need, to hear it).
I enjoy designing and stitching counted-thread needlework, knitting, reading, singing, live acoustic music, coloring, science fiction and fantasy, and tabletop roleplaying games. I volunteer with BH Technology Group (formerly Bluehair Technology), empowering older adults to use today’s technology. Rick and I also foster kittens who are too young to be adopted for Lifeline Animal Project.
I work as a technical support engineer for a B2B2C SaaS company. Detailed information about my work outside the home may be found on my resume. I also have a few writing samples available.
Someday I’ll write an actual biographical entry, but for now, I want to make it easier for old friends to find me by mentioning the names I have lived and worked under in the past. My family called me Cindy, so really, really old friends know me as Cindy Roberson (I don’t answer to Cindy otherwise). My first husband was high-school sweetheart Scott Allen Hall, so I was known as Cindy or Cynthia Hall for a time. Husband number two (and Katie’s father) was the late Wayne Armistead, from whence came my current last name. I was briefly married to Paul Smathers and known during that time as Cynthia Smathers or Cynthia Armistead-Smathers. I was Sam Chupp’s life partner for 14 years. I was born in Gadsden, Alabama but largely grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and have spent most of my life as an Atlantan.
Online, I’ve been TechnoMom since 1995. When I was on AOL, I went by CynthiaLyn, FlameOpal, or TLACyn (Tech Live Advisor Cyn). I also had a screen name for use in the Homework Help forums, but I’m not absolutely certain of what it was—maybe ProfCyn? TeachCyn? I’m the same person online and offline, under any name or handle.
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