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Week of November 19, 2001:
Will the real Judy stand up?

Judy Vorfeld

Recently someone wrote me at my Webgrammar site and said he felt nervous writing to me, because he only had a degree in engineering. Once I picked myself up off the floor, I began to wonder if I'm projecting the wrong image. Omigosh! Me? A celebrity? Not.

On both my sites (www.ossweb.com and webgrammar.com) I mention, under the FAQ section, that I'm just an ordinary person who enjoys working with words, especially as they relate to the business world. I haven't always been that way. It's the learning process that excites me and makes me want to share what I've learned.

I remember my first job as a young adult. I worked part-time in an insurance office. I began keeping notes so I knew which people handled certain functions, etc. As the years flew by, I always did this. Lists. Not for me, but to share. It's in my blood. I knew the feeling of being new, and wanted to ease the way for my successor, or substitute. So began my career as an information store.

I've always had a heart for the underdog, the new person. Some kinds of learning were difficult for me, and here was something in which I could excel. Passing along information.

I wasn't able to finish college, and frankly was quite silly when I was attending. Later, I would have like to have graduated, but I did not want to be a teacher. I admire them. I love them. My family is full of them. But I was different. I'm still discovering how different.

I said all that to say this: words are fun, as long as they don't get between you and another person. I cringe when people fight over grammar and usage. I love the arts, even though I don't participate. And I find so many areas of our culture fascinating. That's why I put Webgrammar together. To help people find resources that I find interesting. Not because I'm better than anyone. I'm ordinary, and love being this way. Much more comfortable than trying to be a goddess.

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