I’ve been a university professor, dog walker, ditch digger, photographer, Search and Rescue canine unit, social justice activist, video game writer, felony one investigator, and few more things in between. I have a Ph.D. in anthropology and can wield a machete, have killed poisonous snakes, know how to make a mean betlenut chew, and have bathed in chicken blood before getting a forehead hickey from a West African shaman.
I’m a dual US/Irish citizen. I’ve driven across the US four times, hiked most national parks in the South West, and lived briefly in Grand Gulch, Utah where I spent my days sketching Anasazi petroglyphs. I’ve lived in Belize on and off for nine years, much of that time in a tent with no electricity or running water. While there, I excavated ancient Maya temples and sought lost ruins in the jungle.
I’ve traveled across Senegal studying drum ceremonies. Lived among the mangroves of Micronesia where I helped village elders document their history. Lived in London where I spent my time in stuffy archives reading about the wars of the Yucatan.
I’ve eaten sushi in the fish market of Tokyo, mole in Merida, curry in Bangkok, taro in Yap, thiéboudienne in Senegal, goulash in Budapest, baguettes in Paris, and, sadly, I have also eaten in London.
Now I am incredibly happy to be home with my kick ass family in the Bay Area where I spend my time trying to write cool stuff when I’m not playing with my kid.