Grant Park Skyline Bench

I’m currently living in the city of Atlanta in the Grant Park neighborhood. I’m a little biased, but it’s definitely the best neighborhood in the best city in the world.

Activities I’m Doing Now*

*concept inspired by – you should do it too :)

Spending lots of time with my family. Day to day life is a the predictably unpredictable flurry of parenting, work, and daily living.

I run my own business with help from my wife, and a couple of other amazing teammates around the world.

My business revolves working with a few clients with search marketing & content strategy. However, I spend most of my time as a sort of “digital property developer” – buying, growing & selling small to midsize websites.

I had been really into running (especially trail, half, and full marathons), but ever since kid was born, I’ve been doing more strength training – and even some swimming (at the amazing MLK Recreation Center in the Old Fourth Ward).

I’m registered for the 2023 Atlanta Marathon, and might do a few other events as well.

I’m also spending a bit of time hiking & camping as often as possible – and visiting all the museums & parks in Georgia.

Recent / Upcoming Family Trips

General Coffee State Park – July 2023 – a 3 night trip to an amazing Georgia State Park that is off the beaten path

St. George Island – July 2023 – a week in Florida

Acadia National Park – June 2023 – a 3 night trip to Acadia in Maine

Boston – June 2023 – a 3 night trip to Boston, Massachusetts

India – June 2023 – a one week trip to Bangalore and Mysore to visit family.

Fort McAllister State Park – April 2023 – a several night trip to the Georgia coast where we got to see Wormsloe, Skidaway, Savannah and more.

Jekyll Island – February 2023 – A few nights at a classic Georgia getaway.

Find a list of past trips and places visited in my Travel category.

Recent / Upcoming Hiking & Camping Trips

Lake Conasauga – June 2023 – a 2 night car camping trip

Lake Conasauga – May 2023 – a 2 night car camping trip to Georgia’s best campground (shhh!)

Cohutta Wilderness – April 2023 – quick overnight backpacking trip up the Conasauga River drainage. Perfect weather.

Cohutta Wilderness – March 2023 – overnight backpacking on the Hickory Creek Trail near the Conasauga River / Little Rough Creek.

Cohutta Wilderness – February 2023 – 2 night backpacking the Jack’s River / Rough Ridge area. Flooded rivers; freezing weather; off-trail in the snow. Good times.

Don Carter State Park – January 2023 – 2 night camping trip to one of their well-done walk-in campsites.

Any write-ups of trips will appear in my Outdoor category.

Stuff I’m Into Right Now

Trip planning. Various TV shows, some gaming, etc. Reading.

Find other stuff I recommend here or stuff I like on my About page.

If any or my priorities or activities change, I will update this page. Last update on 7-19-2023.

Books I’m Reading Right Now / Have Queued

*all the links below go to Amazon for convenience, but I definitely recommend your local library :).

Quiet American by Graham Greene

Quiet American by Graham Greene

The Ballad of a Small Player by Lawrence Osborne

The Ballad of a Small Player by Lawrence Osborne

The Glass Kingdom

The Glass Kingdom by Lawrence Osborne

Long-Ago Stories of the Eastern Cherokee by Lloyd Arneach

Books I Finished Reading This Year

These Gentle Hills by John Kollock

Silent Spring Revolution by Douglas Brinkley

Silent Spring Revolution by Douglas Brinkley

Curse of Saints by Kate Dramis

Historic Rural Churches of Georgia by Sonny Seals

The Pioneers by David McCullough

The Revenant by Michael Punke

How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

How To Become Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

Hiking Trails of the Cohutta & Big Frog Wilderness by Tim Homan

Last Ballad

The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

What's Our Problem by Tim Urban

What’s Our Problem? by Tim Urban

Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun

Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell

Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell

Eastern Forests by Peterson Guides

Stolen Focus

Stolen Focus by Johann Hari

Life on the Mississippi

Life on the Mississippi by Rinker Buck

The Road Less Stupid

The Road Less Stupid by Keith Cunningham

Plays Well with Others by Eric Barker

Mud Season Ellen Stimson

Mud Season by Ellen Stimson

Empire of Liberty Gordon Wood

Empire of Liberty by Gordon Wood is a door-stopper, but still very readable history of the United States from 1789-1815. It’s a comprehensive dive into all the political, cultural, and economic trends that were sweeping through the United States after Independence. Long, but fascinating read. Full book review.

Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle was an ebook that I obtained from Standard Ebooks. It was beautifully formatted and a breeze to read. I remembered why it is the definition of the mystery genre. I definitely plan to read the whole collection this year. Full book review.

Short Works 2

Short Works by Epictetus was an ebook that I obtained from Standard Ebooks. I’m glad I started with his short works, because Epictetus is one weird dude with punctuated brilliance. His core idea – that you have total control over yourself and to not be affected by external events is smart, underrated, and useful in moderation. But even among other Stoic writers, he seems to be quite eccentric and extreme. Full book review.