A Tribe of One, A Tribe of Many

Posted by on Jan 19, 2019 in Personal | No Comments
A Tribe of One, A Tribe of Many

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my life specifically, and life in general in the context of the current social dialogue about identity, community and tribalism. I have a thought or two I thought I would share. This is just one persons (developing) opinion. I can only think of 3 tribes that matter. The […]

Strong Towns and New Urbanism

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Architecture | No Comments
Strong Towns and New Urbanism

I had never heard of Strong Towns before last year.  In graduate school, while I was preparing to become a licensed architect, I learned of New Urbanism during a site planning class. I summarily rejected it for reasons rooted in my governing principles. I am a liberty first person. I believe that individuals, left to […]

Following the Admonition of Paul

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Personal | No Comments
Following the Admonition of Paul

Thought I would share a couple of thoughts today. Last night, as a family, we reviewed the “admonition of Paul.” If you don’t know to what I refer, it is direction given by the Apostle Paul, in this case, to the people living in Philippi. Of course, he gave lots of direction to lots of […]

Thoughts on Style

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Architecture | No Comments

As an architect, I frequently get asked the question; “what architectural style do you design?” Well, that’s a loaded question and people are usually surprised by the answer. If they asked; “what is your favorite style of architecture?” they would likely get a shorter answer, but that’s a hugely different question. Architecture is a business. You better be able […]

Umpqua College Tragedy

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Personal, Politics | No Comments

President Obama and I have at least one thing in common. We both desperately want to see senseless violence in the United States stop. I listened to his impassioned plea last night after yet another, high profile, shooting occurred, this time in rural Oregon, and couldn’t help but empathize with his frustration. I want to […]

My Thoughts After the Sandy Hook Massacre

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Personal, Politics | No Comments

A few year ago I would never have considered myself someone who cared much about politics let alone follow it. But now, it keeps me up at night just thinking about it. Not necessarily because it bothers me, but I sometimes have a hard time shutting my brain down at night and more and more, […]

A Thank You to My Mentor

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Architecture | No Comments

Originally posted on ohdesignpc.com … An unsolicited shout out to Kevin Scholz, Architect There are certain people in your life who help provide direction, education and passion. As I look back on my life it’s easy to recognize those people. There are some I didn’t recognize as a real mentor until years after my interactions with […]

Why I Would Never Get Elected

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Politics | No Comments

Originally posted on my family blog on Jan. 26, 2010 (some of the numbers are obviously old) Okay, so I don’t usually write much stuff down about politics, and I don’t in general like talking about it, even though it’s hard to avoid it nowadays. So I thought I would go ahead and write down […]

A Nuanced Position on Vaccination

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Politics | No Comments

The problem with politics in modern society is actually quite ironic.  In the age of wall-to-wall, 24/7, cable news coverage the American attention span is incapable of digesting a nuanced position.  And honestly, every issue requires a nuanced position.  I could never be a politician.  I would inevitably say something that would be used as […]

Patterns of Life

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Architecture | No Comments

Have you ever considered your patterns of life? Have you ever arrived at work with little recollection of what you did before you got there? If you think about your average day, from day to day, you will discover that very distinct patters. Patterns in the way you move, eat, sleep and work. In most of […]