Hello World

My wife and I were here … August 2011 … one of the most beautiful places I have ever been!

So, the first thing you need to know about me… is that my wife is amazing. Seriously. She quit her job, left her house, left her church and her friends to move to a state where we knew nobody… so that I could spend the rest of my life in college (graduate school). Not only that… we moved from Colorado to a place that apparently does not really have access to the sun. Oh yes, the joys of the Pacific Northwest!

One thing I am doing this year is raising awareness and funds for a local domestic violence program called Womenspace. Check out the fundraising site, give a few bucks if you can, and share the site with others.

More about me… I have been to China, Uganda, the Philippines, London England… my favorite cities are San Francisco and New York City. In addition, I have hiked Pike’s Peak three times… and I hope to run my first marathon in 2013. If I could live anywhere it would be somewhere near Denver Colorado.

Top of the Incline, Overlooking Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs, www.ishism.com

Top of the Incline, Overlooking Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. When training for 14ers I occasionally hiked this twice in the same day.

I am a 30 something American man, still in college (granted it is graduate school)! No kids yet but my wife and I would love to have some.

I am working toward my PhD, which I will use to either work at a nonprofit or become an ubercool college professor. My research involves global poverty… looking at things like government, healthcare, infrastructure, and education… and how those large scale processes influence each other. I read somewhere (no plagiarism intended): It doesn’t matter if you travel to Uganda and fix a kid’s broken leg if he dies a month later from malaria, tuberculosis, or malnutrition. I am most likely paraphrasing Paul Farmer but don’t quote me.

Anyway… this blog is about a few of the many things that happen in my life. Some posts are funny, some serious, some sad, some educational. The main topics are backyard farming, foster care and adoption dreams, my research and education adventure, travels, fishing and hiking (probably other random things about me too).

I love my wife, I love Jesus, and I love the sun whenever it appears in the Northwest!

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20 Responses to Hello World

  1. If you would ever like to write a post for our blog about your foster care experiences we would love to have you!

  2. Jackie says:

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking my photo. I appreciate it very much. Best of luck to you! :-D

  3. msperrett says:

    Hi I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blog award. Check out http://msfeminist.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/liebster-award/ for more info

  4. Drops of Ink says:

    Good to meet a fellow Pacific Northwestern resident. ;)

    • drishism says:

      It’s beautiful and my wife have had fun exploring it! It rains a lot, but other than that very nice. Very different from Colorado which is almost a desert.

      • Drops of Ink says:

        You get used to the rain. Some even get to like it. I like a mix of both sunshine and rain myself, but I understand that in order for Washington to be so lush and beautiful it requires all the wetness. lol

  5. bronxboy55 says:

    “…the first thing you need to know about me… is that my wife is amazing.”

    What a sneaky attempt to get your wife to read your blog.

    (Did it work?)

  6. Jessica says:

    And I love your enthusiasm! Great site you have. I’ve been quite near China (Hong Kong and Macau), the Philippines, and London, but have never been to Uganda yet. Looks like you’re interested in underprivileged kids (foster care and adoption)? I’ve thought about all the good that can come from adoption (someday) for myself… Anyway, I’m so glad you dropped by my site. I really like yours!

    • drishism says:

      Yes, my wife and I are interested in underprivileged kids. I have wanted to adopt for a long time. Foster and adoption are two things my wife has wanted to do for a long time, so its nice to be on the same page.

      Italy and Australia are two places I still want to visit, but I am happy with all the places I have already been.

      Thanks for stopping by. :-D

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  8. Jess says:

    HI! I nominated you for the WordPress Family Award

    http://waitingonaword.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/the-wordpress-family/

    Good luck with your thesis and have a nice night.

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