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Taking The Risk

This week I have been thinking a lot about research, reward, and risk. On Monday, Chris and I had lunch with our good friend Tom, who is...

In Transition

I am writing about transition this week mostly because we have several teams who are in the midst of a transition. That is, there is a mentor...

Following the Star

Last month, at the Braid holiday party, I watched part of the Christmas story being acted out right in front of my eyes. Here is what happened:...

Water to Grow

This fall I finally learned how to how to take care of my succulents. In six years of living in California, I’ve managed to keep quite a...

Lost Children

This weekend I read a haunting story, published in the New York Times, about the “Lost Children of Tuam.” Tuam is a small town in Ireland that...

More Than A Facade

One of the biggest events in a summer of big events was that my family moved to Vallejo. As I haven’t been in this “Up Bay” city...

The Waffle House Index

One big downside to living in the Bay Area is that our closest Waffle House is 641 miles away, in Goodyear, Arizona. If you grew up west...

Responding to Charlottesville

This weekend, I was mostly at a loss as I watched from afar what was happening in Charlottesville. Sickening news reports were balanced in my Facebook feed...

The Grand Adventure

“There’s a spider in here! I am going to die!,” was the scream from the back of the rather large rental vehicle. “Yes,” yelled the other three...

The Mixed Emotions of Going to Camp

I remember well the summer I was 9 years old, when my parents packed me off to sleep-away camp. I had been to a shorter overnight camp...