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    I grew up on a family farm, announced I was going to be an animal doctor when I was 5, & went to college.  Sadly, in the USA, it's far easier to become a doctor for humans than a DVM - I completed my undergrad, but didn't even apply to grad-school.  [Being one of 300 highly-qualified applicants for every seat in the incoming freshman class has that chilling effect.]
    As an adult, tho i love country life,  I've been forced to live in cities - or at least, towns.  I need public transit to get around  - I must make a living, & have to go where the work is.  // I miss farm life - having fruit trees, livestock, a veg garden, perennial flowers & herbs, & my own cherry trees, berry bushes, & wild strawberries.  [I don't miss the bee-hives - they were a very hot strain of Italians, & stung with little to no provocation.]

    I make do by supporting local farmers' markets, & belong to a food co-op.  :--)  Thank heaven, Mass has many farmers' markets  - there's even a Community Supported Fishery, which delivers to our co-op.
    Reading is among my dearest pleasures, & science fiction, historical fiction, old 1800s & 1900s novels, biographies, current economics, poetry, & more, are on my bookshelves.

    I've trained other ppl's dogs since i was 18-YO, & in 1985 decided to specialize in Behavior Modification, as that's my cup of tea - rather than teaching cued behaviors, I like addressing problem behaviors.  // Dog-training has only been a sideline - my primary work is as a PCA / personal care aide, helping disabled, ill, elderly, or injured clients to stay in their homes, rather than move into a facility.

    hiking, tracking, birdwatching, animal behavior, biology, gardening - like to cook, eat, read, do crafts, & fix things.