Hello! 

Thanks for visiting my website. I'm focusing on the blog now, while Allison and I gear up for our trip to Asia later this year. My published writing is also archived here, as well as travel photography from previous trips I've taken. 

The archetypal view / Dank memes

The archetypal view / Dank memes

The chain-link fence, the playing field, #35 school (where I went for kindergarten through sixth grade), Pinnacle Hill. This is the classic view from my parents' house. My mother has painted variations on this scene many times, sometimes incorporating aspects of a whole new setting, like the Sea of Galilee, a watering hole in the Wild West, or the Missouri River. I began this blog with a picture of this same view, and I imagine it will come up again as well, especially if I don't feel like leaving the house, as I don't right now—in which case looking out the window is a natural thing to do. If I can tear myself away from Bernie Sanders' Dank Meme Stash, that is. I joined that somewhat infamous Facebook group a few weeks ago (it currently has 260,000+ members), and it immediately took over my entire timeline. Virtually all updates from my friends were lost in a deluge of posts / memes about Bernie Sanders. At first this bugged me, but then I decided I didn't care—I'm usually annoyed by the things people post. There are plenty of stupid "dank memes" too, of course, but it's a fascinating place to hang out on a sociological level. It's also a bit like joining a cult. At first I was content to merely observe the goings on, "liking" things and tossing off a few quippy comments here and there. A few days ago, however, I crossed over to the dark side (dank side?) and decided to try making a few memes of my own. I was too embarrassed to mention this to anyone at first—Allison cringed when I told her—but now I think I'm getting the hang of it. I'm getting more "likes" anyway. 

Shoe shopping is hell

Shoe shopping is hell

Winter arrives in Rochester / My mind wanders

Winter arrives in Rochester / My mind wanders