Zelophehad’s Daughters

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More-or-Less Regular Bloggers

Beatrice finished a PhD in Child Psychology a couple of years ago in which she focused on language development and bilingualism.  She now is busy teaching undergrads about the wonders of psychology, writing grants, and studying the language development of the small child that lives with her and her husband.

Galdralag is pursuing her doctorate in history and wondering daily why she picked a field that requires a minimum eight years postgraduate training. (Galdralag, incidentally, is the name of the magic spell meter in Old Norse poetry. Email galdralag1 at gmail dot com.)

Kiskilili is pursuing a PhD in Akkadian and Sumerian studies. (The name “Kiskilili,” by the way, is that of an Akkadian demoness.) She’s fond of Siamese cats, ruins, gargoyles, roses growing on vines, and the music to Pirates of the Caribbean. She is currently an ex-Mormon feminist and religious drifter. (Email “kiskilili at zelophehadsdaughters dot com”.)

Lynnette recently finished a PhD in theology, and is now attempting to study something more practical (and hoping this won’t lead to her being kicked out of the family). She presides over ZD, and is open to bribery. (Email lynnette.zd at gmail dot com.)

Melyngoch is a PhD candidate in medieval English. She has a nose piercing in her soul and is coming to terms with her preference for shallow TV to writing her dissertation. She also bakes a lot of pies, mostly as a bribe so that her family members will keep putting up with her.

Mike C majored in mathematics and now works on the epidemiology of herpes viruses. (Just to clarify, he doesn’t have herpes but he’s working on it.) With this background he is very popular at parties. He has five children and a wonderful wife. He currently teaches early-morning seminary, probably as penance for some shenanigans in the pre-existence. He started blogging by accident and has continued because so far no one has managed to stop him.

Vada has a BA in anthropology and a minor in computer science, and is currently a SAHM with three boys. She writes, and hopes to someday publish a book.

Ziff (who is rather accustomed to being the token male, having grown up with six sisters and no brothers) is an academic imposter stathead. His name comes from Mosiah 11, where we learn that evil King Noah went so far as to tax the people’s ziff at a rate of 20%. He and his wife are the parents of two incredibly handsome sons. (Email “ziff at zelophehadsdaughters dot com”.)

Bloggers Who Prefer to Be Described as Semi-Active

Apame earned an MA in American Religion and History on the way to a PhD but left her program to pursue other intellectual (GIS) and romantic (new husband) interests across the country.  She recently moved abroad where she is learning to cope in a society that has six different ways to say “the.”  Most importantly, she once stuck sequins on her head with Elmer’s glue for a dance concert.

Elbereth earned her B.A. in history, and currently has a job helping people with their family history. Her interests include pop culture, library science, women’s history, and children’s books. She particularly enjoys vegetables, television shows on DVD, and organizing things.

Katya is a librarian in New England. She enjoys reading, knitting, and lifting weights (because sometimes you have to break stereotypes). Her ideal Church calling would be “ward hymn book repairer.”

Lady Amalthea is a self-hating Mormon; after surviving a five year sentence at the Lord’s University, she fled Mormon Utopia for greener pastures (they said there would be cake).  When not worshipping at the alter of Joss Whedon, she practices the feminine arts of roller blading and shooting space aliens in video games.

Pandora is a public health professional and BYU grad. She loves reading, she loves her job, and she loves watching zombie movies. She is also the younger sister of fellow ZD blogger Apame (more than one feminist in the family?! What did our parents do wrong!)

Petra is another refugee from academia; last year she fled a Ph.D. program in linguistics and landed in a “real job” whose perks are magnificent enough to compensate for spending 3 1/2 hours a day commuting. Her father once described her as an “emotional F-117 stealth bomber” and her mother once told her, “I could see you as another Hitler.”  She loves to read, run barefoot, and bake bread, although she typically only tries two of those three at the same time.  She has also been known to hike, but only to make her husband happy.

Heavenly Mother Status (theoretically present, but strangely silent)

Eve is working on a PhD in English, with a focus on Renaissance literature and lyric poetry. She and her husband have a daughter and a son. (Email “eve at zelophehadsdaughters dot com”.)

Seraphine is in a PhD program in English, but she’s putting her dissertation-writing on hold in order to go and teach English to high school students. She’s a committed feminist who loves to cook (especially with vegetables from the farmer’s market) and shop for clothes (especially on ebay). (Email “seraphine at zelophehadsdaughters dot com”.)

Characters of Questionable Reality

The Bouncer is a former crash-test dummy and a graduate of the renowned perjury program at the University of Cosa Nostra (or so he says) who is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Auto Body and Creative Negotiations. He maintains interests in handcrafted weapons of self-destruction, such as the remote-control atlatl; childrearing practices among Viking chieftans; and the significance of fingernail dirt in cross-cultural analysis.

Lady Gaga Eating Gaga lives in an egg, but she hatches in a shower-curtain toga whenever she detects a troll–or the gentle, wafting scent of gaga baking in the oven. She is the id of [blog redacted], deeply, deeply buried. But not deeply enough.

How We’re All Related

Eve, Ziff, Lynnette, Kiskilili, Elbereth, Melyngoch, and Amalthea are siblings.

Seraphine and Vada are sisters.

Katya, Petra, and Apame are connected to various other ZDs in a way that would require a chart to properly explain.

Beatrice was Galdralag’s mission trainer.

The Bouncer is our collective unconscious.

Pandora and Apame are sisters.

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