Radical Niceness

Most people have heard of Southern hospitality, but to experience it is something entirely different. Coming from a place where a taxi driver would just as soon hit you as look at you and where walking down the sidewalk can be a competitive sport, it’s quite noticeable the effect the South is having on me. […]

The High Road to Monticello

Our tour of Charlottesville was a fantastic one, principally due to Ashton being such a great tour guide. Charlottesville is a funky little town, steeped in Jeffersonian tradition. Certainly one of the greatest minds to contribute so much to American history, we felt indebted to visit the many testaments to Thomas Jefferson’s greatness. So off […]

Oh, Shenandoah

We had a great stay in the Shenandoah River State Park campground. Pastoral beauty that inspired us to contemplate the role of purpose in our lives. No great agreement, but I more-or-less put into words a growing feeling that my core guiding principles involve increasing consciousness and understanding and maximally creating (or rather, maintaining) as […]

We may or may not have visited the Starship Enterprise.

On our way from Baltimore to Shenandoah National Park, we stopped off to visit our friend Sebastien and see his lab at HHMI’s Janelia Farm. As we stepped from the heated parking garage into the aerodynamically sleek interior of the research center, I got the impression that this wasn’t your typical lab facility. We met […]

Good Times in the Land of Pleasant Living

Baltimore is a funky kinda’ town. Sure, it’s the home of John Waters, Edgar Allen Poe and The Wire (as we were repeatedly reminded by our more cable-savvy friends), but that doesn’t come close to defining this funkified place. Unlike most cities that butt up against a major metropolis, Baltimore has not morphed into a […]