Why Do We Explore?



Sure, I’m biased, but this is rather cool, if I do say so myself.

A couple of weeks ago, NASA.gov posted a new storybook, Why Do We Explore, to the NASA Kids Club.

I’m biased because, if you play the thing, you’ll find that the narrator’s voice may sound familiar. Helping to write the words and recording the audio was one of the last things I did while working with NASA.

And, really, it’s a nice legacy. Leaving NASA was one of the harder decisions I’ve had to make. It was much more than a job for me; it was something I believed in. I love that I was able to leave that storybook behind as a key feature in the Kids Club. As a child, I was greatly inspired and excited by the early shuttle flights and other NASA missions, and now, even after I’m gone from the agency, I’ll still be helping to inspire and excite a new generation of kids to continue the grand adventure of exploration.

Human spaceflight is at a huge crossroads right now, and the next decade or so will be quite interesting. But the current uncertainty someday will pass, and today’s children will continue the voyage into the cosmos.

I’m honored to have had the opportunity to play a very very tiny role in that future.



I Need A Job!


For those that don’t know, I have been out of work for about two months now, and would very much appreciate any leads anyone has in helping me to find a job.

Very long story very short, I had hoped to take the opportunity to go back to school to get a master’s in counseling, which has been a dream of mine for many years. Unfortunately, however, it’s turned out that isn’t in the cards right now.

So, I’m very actively looking for new employment. For those that don’t know, most of my experience has been in writing — most recently for nine years as an writer for the education sections of the NASA Web site, and before that as a newspaper editor.

That said, I’m not going to limit myself to that if anybody knows anything they think I’d be good at. I love writing, but I also love new experiences and new challenges. For a broader view of what I do, my capsule description is “I am an award-winning former NASA writer, newspaper editor and history author, with experience in graphic art, Web design, social media and classroom education. I am looking to work with an organization that believes in leveraging the power of good communication.”

If anybody has any leads or ideas, I would very much appreciate them! Thanks!

#SCTweetup Day 1 Photos

It’s late. I’m tired. I’ll write text some other time. But here are photos from the first day of the Space Camp Tweetup.