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At the moment these are my personal pages, and likely they will remain that way. I had been hoping that other members of the immediate clan might make their appearance here, but that clan is shrinking, and those who remain are not so keen on a web presence as I. I'm embarrassed that I haven't updated these pages in ages long. In case you found your way here by accident or intention, I am Joel Edward Parthemore; the "Edward" is for my great-grandfather, the "Joel" presumably not to break with tradition, since everyone else in my family (both parents, and four older siblings) have the initials JP. (If I'd been born a girl, I'd have apparently been named Jesse Margaret.) My parents (father deceased) were/are very keen on Biblical names, and Joel was, of course, a great prophet to the Christians and Jews.

I'm a Thursday child. I was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; grew up next door in Lenker Manor and Paxtang; and have lived in such diverse places as Evanston, Illinois; Johnson, Vermont; Hamburg, Germany; Manchester, England; Wenchi, Ghana; and now in Skövde, Sweden. I've been a teacher of environmental education, high school math, and computer literacy; I've also worked in technical support, installing and troubleshooting computer systems for Peace Corps Washington. I successfully defended my doctoral thesis in philosophy of cognitive science from the University of Sussex (UK) in March 2011, worked for four years as a postdoc in the Centre for Cognitive Semiotics, Department of Languages and Literature, University of Lund Sweden, and most recently lectured in philosophy in the University of Skövde. I'm a geek and a nerd and I've always felt a bit of an Other -- my head just seems to process things differently from most folks -- but you can be the judge of that for yourself.

If you're looking for then those would be my cousins on my dad's side. They run a funeral home in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania:

Parthemore Funeral Home

Besides the (not very extended) family, the only other "Parthemores" I know are my high school math teacher, Leroy Parthemore; a student at Lancaster Bible College, Joe Parthemore, whom I found through Facebook; and a guy named Chris who found me the same way. I have no idea how or if any of those people are related. The name Parthemore originates, apparently, from the village of Partenheim, Germany, and includes Partenheimers, Pattenheimers and Parthemers among its various branches. There's even a family winery.

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