Growing up at my mom's house, I rode bareback, picked wild berries, hauled hay, and made jam. At my dad's house, I got summer jobs in aerospace, watched rocket launches, went on long road trips in the VW van, swam with pretty fish, and sharks, barracudas, and alligators, too. I've always found the world to be an interesting place full of contrast and surprises. I'm happy to have a job that means I get to explore the world and any idea I scare up, and call it work. Photo: Judi Gardiner (Carolyn at Silver Falls) I

Me, my family, and the lovely Fiona, in our backyard. Photo credits: Jim Appleton (Conahan family in the backyard tree-house), Kilwag (Mark and Fiona on backyard ramp), Me! (handsome family with ice-gloo)