After grad school — a long time ago now — I worked in crisis countries for a few years. That experience left me with a question that I haven’t found an answer to: How do people who have lost so much manage to go on? Another question I ask often is why we are so bad at communicating science.

George Packer, Sang-Hun Choe, Lionel Beehner, Roger Thurow, Olen Steinhauer and Joshua Ferris are some of my favorite writers. Like you, I’m a fan of Bill Gates and Game of Thrones. Yoga is a gift from the gods. It took me a decade to do a headstand away from the wall, so good things do take time.

My great inspiration is my philosophy professor Leroy Rouner from Boston University. He told me what Ex Nemo Non Feces means (“No shit from anyone” in Latin) and said we should never let other people decide how good we are. He used to sign his emails “Ex Nemo and blessings.” So the blog is named Ex Nemo in his memory.

Most of the writings here are my personal opinions and reflections; others are success stories I wrote as public affairs officer. I hope you enjoy them. Stay safe and healthy.