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Congratulations Laura!

Here’s some news: Ada is walking and we’re moving to Ohio. Laura got a job at a boarding school teaching History! I’ll be staying on with my team at Clemson, working remotely. After graduation, Laura and I will pack the family into the car and head down to the beach to be with relatives for a much needed vacation. Especially for Laura, who has just completed her second thesis in two years. I continue to be in awe of my wife. Two master’s degrees in three years, while being a first time mom. Incroyable!

Let’s talk about this summer. Laura and I are looking forward to spending some time in the place where we first met and fell in love. Ada is old enough now to enjoy playing in the sand, and the dogs are going to be very excited to take long walks on the shore and chase the ghost crabs. Seafood will be a major part of our diet again. We’re psyched to play in the sun. I can’t wait to build sand castles with Ada and show her the pelicans and sanderlings.

The move to Ohio will be a chore, and we’ll have to downsize, but I’m good with it. The future is bright. It has not fully sunk in. It might not feel real until I’m walking the quad at Western Reserve Academy, imagining my daughter as a teenager, reading in the shade of some ancient tree on a campus similar to my beloved St. Mark’s.

I’ve contributed a lot to our team at Clemson and I’m very happy with the progress we’ve made. My boss has been very good about giving me the freedom to innovate and initiate new programs to support the group. This experience has opened my mind to a new branch of the life sciences. I’ve learned about study design, literature reviews, and scientific writing. I’ve mentored students and guided development that led to measurable improvements. All three of our graduate students who applied for Dietetic Internships (about as competitive as creative writing programs) got their first choice. All those personal statement workshops paid off! It has been very rewarding to be a part of that. It is awesome to see someone you’ve worked hard with, succeed in her goals.

Which brings me back to my wonderful, incredible, awe-inspiring wife.

Laura was recruited by several excellent boarding schools. In the end, she accepted a position at a school where we feel we can grow and become a part of. It has long been our goal to situate ourselves as an institution within an institution, like so many of our favorite high school teachers and college professors. Today we are one step closer to that dream!

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