The Man, The Myth, The Legend

The earth stood still today,

When we heard of your fall.

You were a son to some, and a friend to all.

Your smile and your laughter

Filled each room to the rafter.

Not a day went by

Without giving your best try,

but now all that’s left is the temptation to cry.

To mourn or to celebrate?

I think you’d choose the latter,

and crack a beer to commemorate.

A life full of love.

A man we were all truly in awe of.








A Simultaneous Schism

Like my heart, my knee rests in two.

As two pieces flow free, I lose track of that which is me.

Speed and fluidity turn to greed and atrocity while

independence bows to its evil twin, and

freedom surrenders within.

A process in progress,

A patient in patience.

Not much remains,

but to sit and watch the gains,

one collects and reflects

from their defects.

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.