about me

Hi! I’m Julie! Welcome to my blog. I live about 35 miles west of Atlanta, GA with my husband of 20+ years.

My Interests

I love to read. Some of my favorite books include:

  • The Once & Future King by T.H. White
  • Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
  • The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

150px-BookLikes_Logo If you share my love of reading, please connect with me and view my bookshelf over on BookLikes.

MVP ProfileI am a gadget geek and love technology. I’ve been awarded the Microsoft MVP in Windows Phone for the last 8 years for my passion and work in user communities with Windows Phone devices, and I’m usually carrying around several electronic gadgets in my purse. I have another blog, called PocketPrimer, where I write articles about my Windows Phone obsession, which you can find at this link.

I love all my gadgets & gizmos, but my first loves are my dogs (Milo & Gracie), my cats (Bert & Ernie), books, flowers, needlework, coffee, music and cooking (when the urge hits me). Fun Food Life! is devoted to these things.


I belong to or have organized some Douglas County-based community groups:

  • Douglas County Chamber Singers: I’m a charter member of the DCCS and currently sing in the tenor section with the guys. I also manage their website.
  • The NeedleNerds: Since I crochet and love all kinds of needle craft I started up the NeedleNerds to meet some of the crocheters, knitters, tatters, embroiderers, needlepointers in my community (and anyone else who wants to participate). I’ve made some great friends through this group and it’s very rewarding to have brought together such a fine and friendly bunch of ladies
  • Epilogue Book Club: The book club is devoted to reading all of the Pulitzer Prize winning novels. We meet approximately every 6 weeks to talk about a book.

From time to time, I post articles about these groups here and you can find those articles by clicking on the category links found in the Sidebar that runs along the right side of the blog.

Education & Work

I hold BBA and Master of Science degrees in Decision Sciences. My professional working life spans various experiences including teaching college courses and working in roles such as software training and support, marketing analysis, consulting and project management.

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4 thoughts on “about me”

  1. I’ve read four of your five books! AND World Without End. I absolutely LOVED Tim Winton’s “Cloudstreet.” So wonderfully quirky. My friend from Perth, Australia sent it to me. Going to have to spend some time on your blog. And thanks for the follow, btw.

    I loved your piece for Writing 101 today. Your writing is fabulous.

    1. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone else who read and LOVED Cloudstreet, so I am pleased to meet you here. I have sought out and read most of Tim Winton’s books, which is quite a feat since it is hard to find his older books in the US. He is truly an Australian treasure!

      I seem to be attracted to books that have some quirky turns and characters in them. I think many of Annie Proulx’s books and short stories are equally fun and well written.

      Thank you for your nice comment about my writing…I have written articles for many years, but this 101 Writing project has challenged me to write and publish such personal experiences, so this kind of writing is new, different and quite challenging for me.

  2. Julie De Jong with Needle Nerds,

    I’m a volunteer with the Southeast Affiliate of the American Heart Association with a special project that we hope your organization may embrace.

    The AHA is seeking participants for its Little hats, Big Hearts campaign to raise awareness of premature infant heart defects.
    Please connect on the link provided or seek out the information on the charity link on Heart.org


    We’re gathering support with many groups in Atlanta and statewide on making the small caps in red cotton yarn to provide to Neonatal units at area hospitals. Even appropriate yarn donations are greatly encouraged as well and may be sent to the address provided on the site.

    Direct any inquiries and donations to Jan Murphy of the AHA SE Affiliate. She’s reachable at jan.murphy@heart.org or 770-354-6886.

    We would welcome your talents and support for this year-long intiative benefiting those born in Feb 2016 next year during National Heart Month.

    Best regards,
    Riley Hunt

  3. Hi Riley! I will put the word out to the NeedleNerds – we meet this Monday – about your Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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