What I'm doing now

It’s June 2021 and this is my focus:

A job

Last fall, I was promoted to Research Communications Project Manager at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. I spend all my time supporting the coordinating center for RADx-UP, a major research project funded by the National Institutes of Health. Because of COVID-19, I continue to work from home most days; my work space is in the home office that looks through three big windows south to the wooded lot across the gravel driveway.

A new house

We are building a new house in the back part of the wooded lot I look out on. A new paved private driveway from the street below is now finished and gives us safer, smoother access to the public streets. Erin’s sister, Mary, moved into her new house (same builder) down the gravel driveway.

Soccer, as much as possible

I love to play and watch soccer. I’m back to playing on Sunday mornings and some Wednesdays, and I watch as much English Premier League as possible. Oliver plays a Triangle United team and I pace the sidelines as I watch him play—and score goals.

Travel, too

We spent the holidays in Hawaii, took a short trip in March to visit my brothers in Austin, enjoyed a spring break return to the west end of St. Croix, and celebrated Oliver’s birthday in New York City.

This old blog, and more

I’m on my twenty-first year of this blog, and I will continue to chronicle my life and the world around me. For the first two decades, I most often wrote about my past experiences — about my service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Vanuatu, about my grandfathers and how their writings inspired me — but COVID-19 and 2020/2021 and other influences have shifted my gaze away from nostalgia and to what’s in front of me right here and right now. I recently helped Dave Winer test Drummer, his new outliner-based blogging system, and I’m using that system to blog at storian.org. I also use Micro.blog to post short updates and photos; see Wan Smol Blog.

 

Updated 06/21/22 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


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