I hadn't noticed this thread previously and I'm glad Michal initiated it.
My name is Neil - no surprise to anyone who's ever read my posts, which I almost always sign.
I live in Massachusetts, am older than I care to remember, divorced, proud dad to 5 biological and 2 stepchildren - 4 girls/3 boys, aged 37 to 10 (yeah, really
), and grandpa to a little guy who's 9 months old. I've been Melkite for 4 decades and sometimes accused of being too accepting of the differences between/among our Churches, but I'm passionate in believing God's will is that they unite, though it won't happen in my lifetime.
Most of my on-line time is in the wee hours, after coming home from work at a federal agency (that shall go unnamed, so as to reduce the brickbats thrown at me). I post heavily at ByzCath, where I'm a long-time member and Global Mod; I've been a member here for many years also, though I post less frequently. Virtual though they are, I treasure many o/l friendships that I've forged at the 2 sites.
"Iinformation-mongeror' well describes my preferred o/l role. Few threads are as attractive to me as one that delves into arcane minutiae about Churches and denominations - mainstream EO/EC/OO/OC obviously, but also the more esoteric bodies such as Old Ritualists, Anabaptist and Utopian sects, and vagante
(a particular interest, on which I can wax eloquent to the point of being soporific).
I'm a bibliophile with interests focused on history, biography, classical lit (broadly defined), folklore/fantasy, children's lit, and the literature of oppression. A snob when it comes to proper use of language, style manuals hold places of honor on my shelves. Folk music, genealogy, liqueur, photography, philately, depression glass, and model trains round out my interests - a list that, looking at it, is probably telling as to my age.