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  • My wife, Hanna.
  • Our cats, Geraldine and Teazle.
  • Our families and friends.
  • The internet that lets us all stay connected.
  • Work I enjoy and
  • Colleagues I am proud to work with.
  • Robust health insurance and
  • Obamacare (babysteps everyone, babysteps!).
  • Writing and reading fan fiction,
  • My fellow writers at #firstthedraft,
  • And the people who encourage me to continue my history work outside of academe.
  • Starting to feel that Boston is home.
  • Bootstrap compost,
  • Maple syrup pie, 
  • Kona coffee from the Drowsy Parrot, 
  • And Stillman’s Farm summer and winter CSA.