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Desiree

Location:

Dallas, TX
Hometown: Dallas

Member since:

January 14, 2014

Please tell us about your work, like whether you are in school or college or about your job, career, or business.

I work in the insurance industry, but have worn many other hats; also have a degree in psychology.

Please tell us about yourself, like whether you are married or have children.

My husband Joe and I have been married since 2004. We have two kids together Noah b. 2004 & Abigail b. 2005. I also have 2 adult sons from a prior marriage. All of my children are on the autism spectrum; happily, my older two have managed to overcome most of their challenges and are doing quite well; my younger two have more severe forms of autism, but continue to improve in areas where they have difficulties. Though challenging, all are extremely intelligent, talented, and fun. Joe volunteers to stay home with the younger two to give Mom an occasional social/intellectual outlet to recharge & re-energize!

Please tell us about your interests, like what you like to do in your spare time or for relaxation or vacation.

I read a great deal, sing/listen to music, watch old movies on TCM, surf the net, crochet, and play board games (real & virtual--I love playing Scrabble against robots online, for example, while watching TV or other "multi-tasking"). When on vacation, I like to "see stuff"--I enjoy museums, scenic views, and roadside attractions, and anything water-related--beaches/lakes/rivers, fountains, boat/ferry/log rides, swimming, aquarium visits, whale watching, etc.!

What is your favorite book by Ayn Rand and why?

I would say "Atlas Shrugged" except for its immensity and the fact that I'm so partial to "The Fountainhead." I guess it's a tie! "The Fountainhead" was the first Rand book I ever read, so it's an old friend I come back to periodically--I've probably read it at least a dozen times, seen the Gary Cooper movie a few times, etc. I've read "Atlas Shrugged" at least 3 times and seen the recent movies based on the book--still waiting for the last of those to come out on DVD. I've always liked Dagny; I didn't understand Dominique for many years. I love the "John Galt" fantasy of all of the great people just quitting and creating a utopia, but "the Fountainhead" shows (though in an extreme way) that it is possible to still live in the world and survive with values intact. Both amaze me because they could have been written today--their message continues to be relevant.

How did you first learn about Ayn Rand and Objectivism?

I read "The Fountainhead" as a teen, and had the sense that I was reading something of immense value and importance, even though I didn't fully understand it. I liked the story and Howard Roark's character. Later, I realized how far ahead of her time Ms. Rand was--or, perhaps, how history repeats itself. I would turn on the radio or TV and hear rhetoric just like that of Ellsworth Toohey, or "The Banner." And everywhere people continually condemn and yet bleed dry businesses and inventors--because 'they are greedy and selfish, and we have a "right" to their profits and they don't!' People who do nothing are told they "deserve" every freebie possible from society, but people who work hard their whole lives to pass on something to the next generation have to fear that their heirs will be taxed out of their legacy--because 'society "needs" that money more than they do!' Like in the story "Harrison Bergeron" by K. Vonnegut, Jr., we handicap the best and celebrate mediocrity. Sad.

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Fun lady with eclectic tastes, interests and talents who loves lively conversation over great food or coffee.


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