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cynthiaCynthia is not a native of anywhere, as she's an Army brat. She was conceived in Panama, but was actually born in Fort Riley, Kansas (which she always considered a shame, as she has the vaguely irrational belief that she would have had a better tan had she made her initial appearance closer to the Equator). Cynthia has lived in Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Germany, Virginia, Hawaii, France, and in several cities in Texas.

As a result of her nomadic existence, she had attended sixteen schools by the time she entered high school. Cynthia attended Rice University in Houston, Texas, where she was a founding member of the "Major-of-the-Month Club", earning the distinction after changing majors from Piano Performance to Art History to French to Classics to Geology to History during her first two years, finally settling on Ancient History and Classics. She went on to complete the Rice Publishing Program, where she was trained in all facets of writing and editing.

It was while enrolled in a required course for her MS degree in Library Science entitled "Information Storage and Retrieval Methods" that she had a quasi-religious experience involving the Dewey Decimal classification scheme. From that time, it was clear that her raison d''tre was to bring order from chaos to the world's libraries. She is a cataloger by nature and inclination (though not as anal-retentive as most), and can go on for hours about the wondrousness of authority work and a clean database.

In 1998, Cynthia branched out to Web development. Recently, she formed her own company, Original Cyn Designs, which specializes in dynamic Cold Fusion sites for libraries and other small companies. When not working, Cynthia is wont to dress all in black and hang out with the Dallas theatre crowd. (The black is because she's a stage manager. The fact that it's slimming is merely a bonus.) She prefers stage-managing to acting because she looks great in black, gets to display her ninja-like powers of invisibility, isn't required to undress in front of strangers, and, well, doesn't have to take orders from people like her.

Black is also the best color for travelwriters. Do you see a trend here?

Cynthia's articles for TravelLady include:

Vegas Fever
For the Love of SPAM
Century-Old Tree Inspires Fig-Fest
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Party Band from TITANIC
Top Ten Romantic Places in New York City
"Book" a Room at The Library Hotel
Unleash Volcanic Passion on Hawaii's Big Island

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