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chris, me, david
Chris, me, David

I was born.....oh well sure......okay we can skip all that. Oh yes! My name isn't really pollyanna - my mother would never name me after a character in a Disney movie -- no matter how much I think I am living in one. I am Doris Werkman. Greetings!

doug and dori
Doug and Dori

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My philosophy of life is close to that of Pollyanna - full of optimism. I believe we should live each day to it's fullest; as Auntie Mame said, "Life is a banquet......and most poor suckers are starving to death!" I do not intend to famish. The fact is, no matter what we are faced with, life is good.

I have lived in Portland, Oregon for 30 years. I have a small home in North Portland, near the incredibly beautiful Columbia River Gorge. For all the years I have lived in the PNW, I have shared my home with my two sons - Chris and David as well as my cat Cally (we used to have hamsters but they either escaped or died - undoubtedly both, don't cha think?). After David married Jene and Chris moved out, I brought nolte home. Actually he followed me from Pittsburgh and I had to keep him, right? We were married July 9, 1999.....and life is good :) We adopted a new kitten, Kittles, and an old dog named Lucky. On July 13, 2003, David and Jene gave birth to the brightest and most adorable granddaughter, Kaitlyn Leigh--Kaity. Now life is even better.

I was divorced from my sons' father way back in '76 and I returned to school in order to earn a degree from Portland State University. This education thing was an incredible experience! I discovered learning was actually fun (much different than attending high school during the late 60's - tokin' and driving that old VW bug). I see education as something no one can take away from you - and learning like a giant buffet table: you taste a little of everything and go back for seconds for what you really like. In fact, I was so enthralled with education I went for a graduate degree and began teaching at the college level.

I wonder if you have noticed that I have made two food references is another interest of mine.........of course we can survive on KitKat bars and Diet Pepsi......

I am fortunate to have some of the best friends in the world - Scott, Steph, Rochelle, Sandy, Karen, and of course Doug, to name just a few - and love to romp and cavort with them...when I am not online.

Yes, I am addicted to IRC....I confess.... My mother finds it difficult to talk to me when she calls from So. California because my attention seems to be on the computer screen rather than on her. My sons insisted we put in a second phone line.....and nolte insisted on that third one. Then we just switched to DSL.....

After several days of being away from a computer I start to get the shakes and I beg to "just check my email" when staying with Internet friends. I call my friends names like fleep and oso. Friends call me polly.....I have begun to think of myself as polly..........