One of my biggest interests is in history. I studied it as an undergraduate and stayed connected to the local historic community in my home town, Sarasota, Florida. My interests are varied, but mainly I enjoy nineteenth century American history. On my reading list right now are a few books, including Where The Cherry Tree Grew, Leonardo and the Last Supper, The Fall of the House of Dixie, and American Canopy. I’ve been able to carry over my interest of history into my academic studies and my volunteerism.
When I was a child I wanted to be an architect, but it wasn’t something I pursued beyond a hobby and casual interest. I am especially interested in architectural history and historic preservation. Late nineteenth century civic architecture and early twentieth century residential architecture really fascinate me. I also enjoy the “stuff” supporting architecture, like architectural records and drawings, and historic architectural advertisements and trade magazines. Some of my favorite architecture blogs are the National Building Museum, The Daily Bungalow, The Arcadia Files, and Moby’s Los Angeles Architecture Blog.
I always tell people that I’m lucky to know so many friends in so many different places, because it gives me a good excuse to travel. Some of my favorite destinations have been Paris, Istanbul, Florence, Los Angeles, Chicago, and North Carolina. Check out some of my travel photos below.
Rudy is a nine year old Schnauzer with an awesome personality. He likes to lay on the couch in positions that look incredibly uncomfortable. And he will bark at anyone who comes into the house, even if they’re invited. He’s a great watch dog, and a wonderful companion.
Since coming to Austin for graduate school I have realized my appreciation for my home town, Sarasota, Florida. The city was founded in the late nineteenth century by Scottish immigrants, benifited directly from the land boom of the 1920’s, held its place as a sleepy fishing viliage through the late 1980’s, and now attracts the most interesting people who come to spend their time and money in this little section of paradise. Sarasota is also a circus town. Where else could you see a man walk a tight rope 20 stories above downtown on an average weekday, take trapeze lessons for fun, and see high school students perform in the country’s only for-academic-credit circus performance?
These are other links to items I’ve discussed on my website, which you might find interesting.