About Me


Cold Hard Facts

Born (July 17th, 1983) and raised in the suburbs (Coon Rapids & Brooklyn Park) of Minnesota (Midwest U.S.). The 5th of 8 siblings (4 older sisters, Anna, Jessica, Angela & Bridget, 1 younger sister, Samantha Jo, and 2 younger brothers, J Scott & Hunter). Graduated from Osseo Senior High in 2001. Enlisted in the U.S. Army on Sept. 14th, 2002 as a Chaplain’s Assistant, cross-trained as a Psychological Operations Specialist. Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom (2004-5) & Operation Iraqi Freedom (2008), retired (2010). Graduated in December of 2011, from the University of MN with a degree in Anthropology.

Me on Me

My time spent with the Army has made me realize the importance of education and the beauty of culture. I believe that both of these things are all around us, not just in some box labeled “college” or any socially recognized institution. I desire to see the world, explore the differences and similarities between cultures, and to learn about the power of love and acceptance. I love adventure, crave excitement, and I always want to do the things that I am passionate about. I have the travel bug… to quote a wise theologian, “I got a feevah!” – only, the cure for my fever is more travel!

I am 28 years old and I have thought for an extraordinarily long time about what it is I would like to do for the rest of my life. I have changed my mind about professions so many times (psychology, military, church clergy, elementary teacher, nursing, international business, english professor, film production, author, journalist, anthropologist) that I realized, this question, for me at least, has less to do about a profession, and more to do with a lifestyle and an overall philosophy. Perhaps I will do all of these things one day. What I really want to do when I grow up, is to be happy, to love and be loved, to “follow my dreams.” Really, I just want to do the things and be with the people that I really care about. Being an eternal realist It’s strange to have such optimistic and idealistic views on such things, and I understand the practicality of life and the sacrifices that must inevitably be made… but, at this time, I’m not ready to make them. Who knows, maybe I never will be, so for the time being I will pursue passion!

So, I hope you follow the blog as a way to get to know me, your friend, your sibling, your son, your nephew, your acquaintance, you co-worker, a perfect stranger better, but also maybe to be inspired or to find your own passions and to pursue them!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. bebe says:

    Wishing you smooth sailing in you life, find your true love and fulfill all your passions and dreams… may good health and happy angels be by your side always and forever. [;

  2. larry says:

    I stumbled onto your blog entry on navigating colombia to panama via puerto obaldia as I am waiting standby for a ticket from PC to PO. It was so thorough and well written that I wanted to find out more about you and so here I am. Its great to come across a young man who appreciates the daily privilege and joy of discovery. I hope you continue to keep us updated on your insights and experiences!

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