Welcome to my random collection of personal essays! I enjoy writing as a way to organize my thoughts about events and the world around me. This secondary blog serves as the repository of those thoughts. My primary website is UntamedSkies.com, where you can find my professional biography and hazardous weather blog.
For those who know me well, I have many interests that seem to have nothing in common. I am a scientist and instructor by trade and a philosopher at heart. I am a student, a teacher, a musician, a naturalist, a Zen practitioner, a storm chaser, an author, a backpacker, a classical pianist, a photographer, an outdoorsman, a Freemason, a poet, a mathematician, a trumpeter, a sailor, an explorer…
Yet, I realize the futility of all of these adjectives, these words, these concepts, in describing any individual. Life transcends concepts and is ever changing. So, I prefer to think of myself as a traveler – a traveler on a journey that leads to meaningful discoveries of the world around me, of myself, and of my fellow travelers. And so, this blog of personal essays will attempt to capture moments in the theme of life that I have often expressed:
Life is a perpetual dream, a fragile bubble in the sky, an ephemeral ripple on the sea, a speck of dust in the universe. Yet life is an adventure, waiting to be discovered down every path, under every boulder, across every river, atop every mountain. I live to be challenged. I challenge myself to live. The world is my trail. My mind, my treasure map.