Married to my best friend. Father to five exuberant children. Fledgling entrepreneur. Writer. Software developer. Inventory management expert.
We Are Made to Change
I walked slowly across the front lawn of my parents' home holding my wife's hand. For an August afternoon, the temperature was a bit cooler than usual. Our kids, in age order (coincidentally), made their way into the house ahead of us. We paused for just a moment to contemplate that it wasn't that long ago that we were sitting on that porch, before we were married, talking until late into the night.
Tears, Knees, and the Ground
I've experienced three significant personal traumas in my life. I've written about all three before, so I'll summarize: In 1988, when I was 9, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. A few days before I turned 15, she lost that battle. That was 30 years ago. In 2012, I nearly died while hiking. Severe dehydration is a real thing. Now I take hydration and balancing electrolytes very seriously. In 2017, my wife was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer. While it was caught early in Stage I and was a very treatable kind of cancer, the mere thought of losing her was almost more than I could handle. I learned what my dad must have felt when my mom was diagnosed with cancer all those years ago.
Follow Your Heart, Even When It Hurts
Henry sat next to Spencer for a long time, neither one of them saying much to each other. The two had been friends for decades. After a while, Henry stood, took his friend’s hand lightly in his own, and walked away without a word.
The Nature of Reality
MapQuest was a technological marvel. In the early days of the internet you would. . . Visit mapquest.com, Enter your departure address, Enter your destination address, Print the turn-by-turn instructions produced by the system, Take your printed directions and find your way to your destination following the directions.
How to Be a Good Person In a Storm
‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ was one of three key messages created by Britain’s wartime propaganda department, the Ministry of Information, during the second World War. The now-ubiquitous ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ phrase was chosen for its clear message of ‘sober restraint’ and was coined sometime between June 27th and July 6th, 1939.
Not All Adventures Are Fun
It was 5:00 am when we hit the trailhead of one of the most challenging day-hikes the Wasatch mountains have to offer. For August, it was a cool morning, but I knew that would change as soon as the sun crept over the jagged peak above us.
Wrong Turns or Just Turns
The first time I drove on a roundabout was in Guatemala City, Guatemala nearly 25 years ago. I had never seen one, much less driven on one. The busiest street in the entire country converged on a five-lane behemoth with a giant statue at the center.
You Have the Right to Be Complex
When I was six years old, I knew I would be a veterinarian when I grew up. By the time I was nine, I had expanded my love of animals and knew I’d be a zoologist. By fourteen, I was certain I wanted to be a geneticist (thank you Jurassic Park). By eighteen, I had settled on becoming an engineer, first a software engineer, and finally a mechanical engineer.