My life story, abbreviated
I was born in 1973 in Pomona, California. My family moved a lot when I was a kid, but I spent most of my time in Alaska. It was an ideal childhood, in almost every way. In 1991 I graduated high school in Boulder, Colorado and headed to college in Rexburg, Idaho where I met the love of my life, Kirsten Uhler. In 1995 I enlisted in the United States Air Force. I served four years on active-duty and seven years as a reservist at McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas. In 1998 I earned my private pilot certificate, which is one of my most cherished accomplishments. Kirsten and I spawned three beautiful daughters while we lived in Kansas: Skye, Jenna and Hayley. I graduated from Wichita State University with a bachelor of science with a major in computer science and a minor in mathematics. In 2007 we sold our home and moved to Maine.
Excited, captivated and awed by science
Deoxyribonucleic acid, powered human flight, heliocentrism, calculus, physics, evolution by means of random genetic mutation and natural selection, microbiology, relativity, geostationary orbit, et cetera. Human beings have used their powers of intellect, reason, intuition and curiosity to solve mysteries that puzzled our ancestors for eons. It’s inspiring to consider the accumulation of human knowledge and humbling (and exciting) to think of what we have yet to learn.
The secret to happiness
Happiness is directly related to the quality of our human relationships and the level to which we understand and are engaged with our environment. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories, learning from their experiences and being inspired by their ideas.
A key component of happiness is also meaning. It is important to create a life rich with new adventures, experiences and discoveries.
Words of Wisdom
In July of 1837 the greatest scientist of all time, Charles Darwin, began a private notebook: “Zoonomia.” On page 36 he scratched a crude tree of life. Darwin’s tree and his explanation of it–common descent with modification by means of natural selection–is the most profound idea ever imagined. Preceding his simple drawing he wrote the words “I think.” This has become my personal motto. It is humble, inquisitive, bold and a refutation of the arrogance of stubborn faith-based ideology. To me it says everything; it is the essence of science itself.