Thinking in Three Dimensions

One of my favorite childhood hobbies was solving jigsaw puzzles. I started with simple shapes and quickly graduated up to the boxes filled with 1000 pieces. My parents always gaped at the way I was able to mentally rotate and place the pieces, visually building the picture in my mind before translating that vision on... Continue Reading →

Practicing Kindness

On a recent trip to the grocery store, I saw a disheveled man in the side of the road. He hung his head, covering the top inch or two of a sign reading: "Amputee. Anything helps." The skin on the man's face was worn and tired, and his knees had been replaced by mud-stained denim... Continue Reading →

Cancer And The Threat Of Mortality

My cousin passed away twelve days after celebrating his 30th birthday, exactly one year after he was diagnosed with cancer. During those 365 days, his eyebrows fell out and his muscles melted away to reveal a wiry frame. The doctors removed his right arm--the home base--but the malignant army had already invaded every continent of... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #1

Happy Friday, friends! I hope that the summer is treating you kindly and that the sun has rekindled the relationship with your inner child. I read, watch, and take in far more than I can capture in my blog posts. Besides, why elaborate on what someone else has painted so eloquently? So, here's the first... Continue Reading →

How To Think Like An Engineer

Though I attended yearly STEM camps as a child, I don't think I fully grasped what STEM careers entailed. I knew that scientists conducted research and that medical professions helped people to heal, and I suspected that the technology field was filled with nerdy computer programmers like my dad. No one ever explained to me... Continue Reading →

Rapture Among Strangers

Recently, I've been feeling misaligned, like a well-built car that begins drifting three degrees to the left. My engine light is off, the Bluetooth is running smoothly, and a recently detailing highlights every perfection. Yet, there is a subtle rumbling every morning when I start my day. Something feels off. I have been noticing a... Continue Reading →

Unevolved

A new dawn rose up from the sullied Earth and nuclear devastation twelve years ago today. In the year 2036, Dr. Izek Usil and his team at the Transcontinental Coalition of Scientific Advancement discovered the elixir to life--a process that has accelerated the evolution of the human species through the mass distribution of Auxostheno supplements... Continue Reading →

Resin Buddha

Walking the concrete path from the mailbox home to our 1,200 square foot paradise, fingers interlaced clasped tightly together, like a shut locket worn close to the heart securing a cherished photograph, black and white.   His eyes gazing forward, crystalline and aqueous like a sharp iceberg, drifting with intent while my sight hoovers at... Continue Reading →

Poetry, Tenderness, and True Love

As a child, I was obsessed with poetry--to this day, poetry still drills deep into my heart. My cherished 20-year-old Shel Silverstein books are falling apart at the seams, stained with years of chocolate finger prints and gleeful tears. In elementary school, I would finish my homework and search for animal poems on the internet... Continue Reading →

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