‘Great Things’ Archive


After nearly five years together, Julia and I became engaged yesterday – Monday, April 2! Here’s the story: We returned from a weekend trip to San Diego yesterday afternoon and decided to go on a hike in the Marin Headlands, an area that is very special to us. I had the ring in my possession […]

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Motivation in Life

Yesterday I was browsing Reddit and came across an AMA (ask me anything) with Neil deGrasse Tyson:¬†Astrophysicist, science communicator, and all around intelligent guy. Someone asked him for his advice on finding motivation in one’s life, and his response really resonates with me. “The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when […]

Facing West from California’s Shores

I don’t have many photos from recent weekends, though I’ve had plenty of good times. Thought I’d share a poem I recently discovered for those of you kind enough to check back regularly. Facing West from California’s Shores Walt Whitman Facing west from California’s shores, Inquiring, tireless, seeking what is yet unfound, I, a child, […]

Jeanne & Julia: Marathoners!

Today Julia and her mom Jeanne completed the California International Marathon in Sacramento! Although they each ran half marathons and other distance races in the past, this was the first marathon for each and they were determined to complete the challenge together. Here they are in the predawn hours in Folsom, heading to the staging […]

Operation Xi’an

The surprise was compromised before we even had sneakers on the ground in China. Scott figured out how to access Facebook through a proxy server and read a status update about my upcoming trip and the plan for Phil to join us. But despite the minor intelligence leak, Operation Xi’an was a complete success. Phil […]