I first introduced the metal screens designed for our new house a while back and promised to explain the inspiration behind them. Our architects wanted these screens to be personalized with a design unique to us, something meaningful and significant. At first we were completely stumped as to what design to use, thinking we had to come up with something that would represent us and also look artistic and abstract. Then they made it easy on us and asked us to just send them some images of places and things meaningful to us.
I don't remember all the images we sent, there was definitely a Jayhawk somewhere and possibly a mountain scene and a few other travel locations. And then there was this image - vineyards in Tuscany - and that is the image they chose. Ryan and I honeymooned in Tuscany, and I spent the most amazing year of my life living in Florence. Italy holds a special place in both our lives.
I had no idea how they would eventually turn this image into a design for our metal …
When it comes to exercise, my personal and professional worlds collide - in a good way.
I write about exercise on this blog often and I study exercise in my research. I co-organize a regional Exercise is Medicine conference at my institution (our third conference is coming up next week!) and this year I became the faculty advisor for an Exercise is Medicine interdisciplinary student group. These students are future doctors, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and researchers - and they want to practice their particular health care specialty with a focus on exercise as prevention and treatment for their patients. I love that these students share my passion for this idea and this is truly one of the most rewarding and enjoyable aspects of my job.
At home, I try to practice what I preach. I enjoy exercise and wish I could fit more of it into my day. I think better, eat better, live better when I exercise. In my 20s, I often logged over 50 miles of running a week, and rac…
My Uncle Adam was a kind and gentle person. He had a soft voice and an easy smile. He was a
talented musician and could play any instrument he picked up - to hear him play the piano was truly magical. When I was a kid
and visited my grandparents in California, he lived nearby and always reserved
a day to spend with me. He took me to Disney Land, taught me how to sail in
Mission Bay, and gave me my first ride on a motorcycle. He was bigger than life
- a man I loved and admired.
My parents told me my Uncle was gay when I was 10 years old.
I was surprised at first, but it didn’t change my feelings for him or my relationship
with him. He came out after he graduated college, and it wasn’t easy news for
his conservative Kansas family to hear at the time. But his Dad and brothers,
sister and mother all loved him for the person he was. Family mattered more
than any differences in lifestyle ever could. I was fortunate to know Adam's partner, Ben. They had a pair of Labradors at a time wh…