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Cabins of the Smoky Mountains

We’d just come back from a walk. The dogs were in their crates because we were taking a shower and wanted to time to relax a bit without being interrupted by their barking. I was reading in bed, Lindsay just out of the shower. The dogs started barking in a way that wasn’t normal. Similar, […]

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The HOA as a Slice of Americana

Just over a week ago my neighborhood had their annual Home Owner’s Association meeting. It was a unique experience for my wife and I and our close friends that live two doors down. Leaving that meeting gave me a lot to think about and I had to write something to coalesce my thoughts. As the […]

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The Great American Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the USA experiences a total solar eclipse for the first time since 1979. I was lucky enough to be able to see it. Since then, I’ve been thinking a lot about the event and wanted to reflect on the experience. The eclipse, for me, started in the spring of 2016. […]

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Writing a Book

At some point in my life, I’m actually going to write a book. I’ve said that for a while and it’s always felt nice and easy to say, but I mean it, I really want to. I love reading books. Basically any time I finish a book, particularly if it was a good one, I […]

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30 Years

I’ve tried to write, in a number of ways, a blog post about turning 30. It’s been difficult to find my audience for this piece. I worry that anyone on either side of this milestone will find my writing a weird combination of self-indulgent, naive, and dramatic. But, as it stands, I feel compelled to […]

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Viva Las Vegas

For 4 days I went to Las Vegas to spend time with my Dad and Uncle at the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show (CES). The show and the city itself left me with conflicting thoughts and feelings and I wanted to unpack these to see what’s really going on. CES is an overwhelming experience. There are […]

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Books Read in 2016

Another year, another corpus finished. Well, not technically a corpus, because they’re not thematically related or by a single author, but we’ll go with it. My goal last year was to read almost a book a week. I managed to get to 50 books read for the year, which I’m quite proud of. This included […]

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Lighthouse Update

Over a year ago I made a post about how I don’t know what I’m doing professionally. That I didn’t have a lighthouse to guide me during times that were difficult or when my path was uncertain. This post is an update to that fact. Spoiler alert: I might’ve found my lighthouse. When I was a […]

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Books Read in 2015

I’d thought about doing a long post where I listed every book I read this year and my thoughts on each of them. Then I realized how long that would actually take and the ROI on that activity was poor. A better way to accomplish my goal of sharing what I read with you was to […]

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Lighthouse

I don’t know what I’m doing with my life professionally. You probably don’t either. Well, maybe you do. Perhaps you’re one of the lucky few who came out of the gate knowing precisely the direction they wanted to head. You know those people, the ones who had a clear vision of where they wanted to […]

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