About

I am a semi-retired consulting statistician with my own business, Vanward Statistics.  Central Iowa is my home, where I live a quiet life with my husband and our two cats.  I grew up in Hull, Massachusetts.  When I was fourteen (1965-1966), my parents and I spent most of a year living in Mexico City, then returned to Hull.  Later, I spent seven years in Oregon, going to Reed College and, afterward, looking for work and working.  I returned home from Oregon in the winter of 1976-1977, developed psychosis that  spring and have been under treatment since.  In 1980, I started going to Recovery meetings (a life saver) and have been a leader since 1993.  I moved  to Iowa in 1983 to go to graduate school at Iowa State.  I met my future husband that fall.  My husband is a native Iowan.  The spring of 1985, I received my MS and my parents, my aunt and I took a month long trip to Norway.  We went to the homes of my eight great grandparents and I met some of my Norwegian cousins.  That summer, I  got married.  I received my PhD in 1992.  Since then, I have done some work; part time for ISU, some teaching at a local community college, and some routine labor, as well as working for myself in my consulting business.

I like to read, attempt to garden, am an amateur radio operator (kb0mpl), and write not particularly good poems, some of which have been published in Lyrical Iowa. Astrology is a strong interest of mine. I have written a number of papers and articles, also two books on R syntax, under my maiden name, Tollefson, which I use in my professional life.

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    • Hello Margot, I loved your writing on the 144 Nodal paths. I was wondering if you would be willing to read my natal chart as I am very confused and in need of some life direction.

  1. Hello Favi,

    I am sorry you are having a hard time. Things do get better. Thank you for your kind remarks on my posts. I am not a practicing astrologer and am hesitant to give advice given my limited experience. There are four major astrological organizations that I know of. I think they all give referrals. They are the American Federation of Astrologers (AFA), the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR), the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR), and the Association of Professional Astrologers (APA). They all have certification programs and can give you names of certified astrologers.

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