The Song of Cicada

Into life I am born.

In this life I perform.

With this life I conform.

By this life I am sworn.

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Illinois Mountains

The flatland has mountains too.

You just can’t see them,

you can only feel them.


The mountains, they come in waves.

Sometimes nonstop,

other times not so much.


Very rarely are they quiet, the mountains.

Sometimes a low drone,

other times a screaming whine.


They, the mountains, are always cold and rarely warm.

Sometimes chilling to the bone,

other times cooling sweat.


The flatland has mountains too, I say.

You just can’t look upon them,

you can only be within them.

About Me

When I think about trying to describe myself to other people, I feel as if making a list would be the easiest option. Then again, subsuming my entirety into a single list is kind of sad. However, for the purposes of this blog, I am going to do it anyway.

If you feel as if this list cannot possibly do me justice (I hope?!) then feel free to reach out and get to know me better. Alright, here it goes:

1.) Currently living in the heartland of Illinois, surrounded by soy beans and corn fields.

2.) Originally from Pasadena, CA. However my heart resides in Colorado (sorry mom).

3.) Emphatically in love with skiing, soccer, rock climbing, cycling and most other high-speed, dangerous activities.

4.) Academically interested in: environmental sociology, food, agriculture, Peru, biopolitics, risk sociology, indigeneity….the list goes on.

5.) Vegan, except for pizza.

6.) Word play and poetry are intellectual hobbies of mine and part of the inspiration behind this blog.

7.) Practicer of slow flow, yin style, restorative yoga and meditation.

8.) My next adventure will be as a Youth Development Facilitator for Peace Corps, Peru. Departure is set for August 15th, 2017.

9.) YMCA ‘lifer’ and youth programming guru.

10.) Grateful son of Big Ted and Suzanne.; if you don’t know them, get to know them. Also little brother to Danielle, even though I’m bigger.