Web Miscellany: Compilation #87

Hello, friend! What have you been up to this week? How are you doing? It has been raining in Phoenix, which we have needed desperately following a record-dry year. Having been born and raised here, I can confidently saw that the only two things I don't hate about the Valley of the Sun are the... Continue Reading →

Downpour in the Desert

In Phoenix, for at least the last 30 years, any chance of rain under 75% has meant almost no chance of rain. Sometimes the rain comes, and the drizzle with sizzle and dissipate the moment it hits the group. On other rare days, like today, the heaven open up and drown the desert in life-giving... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #86

Hello, friend! What have you been up to this week? How are you doing? Austin Kleon shared in his newsletter yesterday that the year is 52% over. Is the year half-full or half-empty? I feel like I'm feverishly treading water and getting nowhere; yet, on the other, maybe I'm just allocating my time to current... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #85

Hello, friend! Are you having a good day? Awesome. Just so you know, some kids refer to the 90s as the late 1900's. You're welcome. What have you been up to this week? How are you doing? This week, my aunt passed away and my sister came home to visit for the first time since... Continue Reading →

On Family

Yesterday, I received a call at 8am. It was my mother, calling to let me know that my aunt, Virgina, had passed. Eleven weeks ago, Virg was diagnosed with brain cancer after a fall. Eleven weeks ago, doctors said she had a few days left to live. As devout lifelong Catholic, I like to think... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #84

Hello, friend! How are you? What have you been up to as of late? A lot has happened since I last checked in and this work-in-progress log-of-life post is now outdated. Oh well! It has been a hectic month with health, work, and family, but I do have good news. Recent testing has evidenced that... Continue Reading →

Summer In The Desert

I have been abysmally absent this last month or so. I hope you've been having loads of fun without me! I just returned from a trip up north where it was *only* 100° and there *only* a little ash in the air. Phoenix is being ravaged by several wildfires and the sky looks like London... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #83

Hello, friend! How are you? How has you week been? We're still in the midst of testing, but it's becoming increasingly clear that I'm dealing with some kind of immune dysfunction, which hopefully means identifying the root cause and resolution. Mast cell activation syndrome (aka overactive histamine response) seems likely. Follow-up cardio lab work shows... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #82

Hello, friend! How are you? How has you week been? I encountered several days of inexplicable insomnia this week, which receded just as quickly as it arose. I was very close to pulling out my old prescription for LDN. After two nights of rest, I'm beginning to feel like myself again. I spoke to my... Continue Reading →

Strange Days

Happy Thursday! Has your day been as bizarre as mine? Here's just a snippet of the last six hours: I woke up to an anaphylactic reaction. I'm not sure what the trigger was. I guess I'm allergic to myself? Also, I realized that the gross feeling I have experienced with almost every meal throughout my... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #81

Hello, friend! How are you? How has you week been? Work has been extremely busy, as my department head moved on to a new opportunity. On top of that, I've had a flare up of various allergy and autoimmune symptoms and haven't felt great. However, I had the opportunity to visit my now-vaccinated grandparents for... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #80

Hello my friend! How are you? How has you week been? On Wednesday, my aunt went to the emergency room after a seemingly minor tumble. Within twelve hours, she was in the intensive care unit with a diagnosis of Stage 4 brain cancer. Less than two weeks ago, on Easter, she seemed as healthy and... Continue Reading →

It’s 2059, And The Rich Kids are Still Winning

It's 2059, And The Rich Kids are Still Winning, a short story in which award-winning science fiction author Ted Chiang introduces us to the Gene Equity Project, a program that provides genetic enhancement of intelligence for people of color. Despite an IQ around 130, low-income recipients of the cognitive-enhancement protocol fared no better than their... Continue Reading →

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