Category: Personal

  • What a wild world

    Things in the world seem to move so fast. I find myself still trying to process what was happening back in 2019. Back when my second daughter was born and the pandemic kicked off in the first place. Since then it seems its just been a deluge of occurrences and I haven’t really kept up…

  • An (attempted) brief update

    I havent posted in quite a while which in and of itself makes posting a higher barrier. Some wild things have happened since I last posted (and I will likely post and back-date to when they were more relevant later.) Major things that have happened As you can see, lots is happening and there’s lots…

  • Hello again hospital, I did not miss you.

    But I am glad you are here. And that the people that serve others are here within. We’ve returned to the hospital again. Starting three weeks ago, we brought our two year old here for trouble breathing. She’s tested negative for Covid, but positive for a few other common viruses. It has been hard. Maybe…

  • There’s much to remember on this memorial day.

    Yes it’s about our departed fallen brothers and sisters in the military. Yes it’s about the gold star families that carry on somehow, even without them. Yes, it truly should also be about the world we all work to try to build on their sacrifice. Because “the dead are the only ones who have seen…

  • Chris Hrbek

    Chris Hrbek was almost always smiling. In combat he was a competent and caring leader. He was killed by a secondary IED when he dismounted his MRAP to check on his team in other vehicles after the primary IED exploded. A week earlier we were at a compound right by the strike location Then, he…

  • Chili Palmer

    This is Chili. I’ve written about him before among others. This is Chili. I didn’t  see LtCol Benjamin “Chili” Palmer smile often. But we all knew beneath his professional veneer he cared about his team. He meant so much to the team that we changed our official callsign to “Chili” in his honor. We were…

  • Disney and Covid

    We’re doing pretty well on the whole. We all seem to have recovered from our bouts with COVID, most likely. We will keep our eyes out for the possibility of longer lasting effects but so far we seem to have recovered well. This is a big relief, especially for our two year old. Of course,…

  • Why are all the artists men, daddy? (Happy International womens day 2022)

    “Why are all the artists and composers men, daddy?” “Can I really ask for a starting salary that high?” “Would a man take credit for this work?” Women are wonderful and powerful – first as humans they deserve respect, equality and inclusion. And they do NOT yet get it. It is up to us, all…

  • Ukraine fights for us all

    It feels very strange to be observing the war that Russia has imposed on Ukraine by its invasion. I am very sorry for the people in Ukraine and I wish them great luck, strength, courage, and success in defending their homes and their people. I don’t have anything earth shattering or new to add to…

  • My memories of Jesse Smock

    Today I will attend the live stream of a funeral for a friend of mine. Jesse and I met first in elementary school. For half a semester we both went to Crestview elementary school in the 5th grade. We met again at baseline middle school in 7th grade. He walked up to me at the…