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The Story of My Life


If I had written the story of how my life would go when I was a kid, I would have gotten it all wrong.  Nearly every event that has taken place since graduating high school has been a complete surprise.  I never thought I’d still be living in Decatur.  I didn’t know where I would […]

There I Said It: I Hate Coffee!

There I Said It:  I Hate Coffee!

Every culture has it’s variation of eyeball soup that foreigners graciously have to force down to appear hospitable. America’s version is coffee.  I hate it!  It tastes bad.  It smells bad.  The smell of  percolating coffee gives me a headache. Yet, in the business world it’s an integral part of every meeting, kinda like a […]

Still Up In The Air!


Yesterday I wrote about how I was looking forward to my summer internship in Minnesota but the odds of me being able to go are looking mighty slim.  I learned today the results of the MRI on my knee and the news wasn’t what I was expecting. I was expecting a simple meniscus tear, which […]

I’ll Be Roughing It This Summer...

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I am really getting excited about spending much of the summer in Blackduck, Minnesota. I will be interning with the US Forest Service at nearby Chippewa National Forest.  I wish it wasn’t so far away but it will undoubtedly be quite an adventure.  I’m also anxious, and as the time draws near, I’ll probably be […]

Seeing a Stranger in the Mirror After...

Seeing a Stranger in the Mirror After Losing Weight

I’ve lost almost 30 pounds now and honestly, it feels a little weird.  After losing the next 20, I don’t even know if I’ll recognize myself.  I’m not used to my body being this size.  I try to sleep on my side and my bony knees miss the padding.  I sit on a wooden bench […]

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