Alive at 35


Blog, Gardening, Parenting, Woodworking

It’s that time again, isn’t it? The past year got away from me for a couple of reasons. The thirty-fifth year was definitely one for the books. Let’s recap it, shall we? Job Shortly after my birthday, or maybe it was even on my birthday. That sounds right, on my birthday last year, I received […]

November 22, 2023

A Table


Blog, Woodworking

How long does it take to build a table and when do you really get to start counting? Does the timer start when you make the first cut or when you sit down to draft the piece? Maybe it starts when your cutting board doesn’t turn out as intended and you decide that it would […]

July 11, 2023

Becoming Dad


Blog, Parenting

Throughout the pregnancy, I kept telling my wife things like, “The baby is all mine when she gets here,” and “You’ve been carrying her for nine months, I get the next nine.” I wasn’t being silly; I was just being impatient. I’ve been looking forward to being a dad, getting to put my own spin […]

December 22, 2022

That was 34


Blog, Woodworking

The 34th year of my life was emotional. I was presented with a whole host of new situations, good and bad, which I suddenly needed to cope with. Overall, my gut says that things went well which is all I really ask for. Ukraine Early in the year, February 24th to be precise, my life […]

November 22, 2022

My Heart Cries Out


Blog, Peace Corps

My heart cries out for my people. I saw the news as it happened last night. Russia launched an unprovoked attack on my beloved Ukraine. All the reports in recent weeks pointed towards this needless aggression, but the feeling of that happening hits different and all at once. Ukraine does not deserve this. Ukrainians deserve […]

February 24, 2022

33 Years Down


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You know? It’s been a year. Can we just take a moment to reflect on everything that happened in the past year? This was by far the year I expected it to be. We entered year two of a global pandemic, where we were more isolated than we have been used to and learned more […]

November 22, 2021

I ran a marathon


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On November 14th, 2021, I ran a marathon. For me, this was no small feat. It was four and a half months in the making and decided upon a whim. Sometime in late June, I felt the need to work towards something. Maybe the ongoing pandemic and isolation of working at home made me antsy. […]

November 19, 2021

Running Again


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Back in 2013, one of my high school friends asked if I wanted to run a half-marathon with him. He was coming out of a marriage and that meant a transformation for him. Half out of curiosity and half out of support, I agreed to run the race with him. I found an app for […]

July 6, 2021

Another Year, Another CNC


Blog, Computers, Woodworking

You might remember about a year ago, I went through the process of retrofitting the electronics in an old Dahlgren 400EZ CNC Engraver. I bought it off of Craigslist for $50. To be honest, I still think that is a steal even after learning its limitations. I researched and learned a lot to get it […]

April 8, 2021

On 32 Years


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Let me start by asking, did anyone have the year they thought they would? Was anyone able to find peace in the year they ended up with? Would it surprise you to hear that while I didn’t have the year I had planned for, I still very much felt at peace with the past year? […]

November 22, 2020