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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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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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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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The Intentionally Accidental Life

This is the text of the speech I recently gave at my Toastmasters meeting, which is why I say that you’re listening to something you’re clearly reading on a screen. “We judge others by their actions but we judge ourselves by our intentions.” A year ago I was going to become a blogger who traveled the […]

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How to Survive When You’re Getting a Divorce

Here is a link to the audio version of this post. — Getting divorced is something that no metaphor can succinctly describe. The amount of loss inherent to the act is astounding and hearing about it pales in comparison to the actual experience. One of the first things I had to learn once I moved […]

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How to Save a Life

The other night I was up way too late wading through the miasma that is the internet. In some random subreddit on Reddit.com, I found an old post about a guy who has muscular dystrophy. In the video, he had just fallen from his chair and was stuck on the ground. Then he peed himself. […]

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The World Looks Different

The world looks different when you’re pushing yourself every second you’ve got. This is a quote that won’t get out of my head for about two weeks now. I heard it from Monty Oum. Don’t know him? I’m not surprised. Monty is one of the lead animators for Rooster Teeth productions. Rooster Teeth is well-known […]

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The Rise and Lifting of Writing

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted some of the reasons I fell in love with writing. The author teaches nonfiction writing to graduates and undergraduates at several prestigious universities. Each year she fears she’ll be out of a job because the incoming crop of students will already know how to write. Each […]

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The Beginning of The End

In August of last year some of my closest friends held a party. “The Beginning of the End” it was called and it was the perfect description for a momentous occasion. It was the start of the last year for both the two hosts as roommates and for many of us currently in graduate school. […]

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