This page documents some of my hobbies: backpacking, books, music, and running.


A selection of backpacking and camping trips, presented in ascending order.

Seminole State Forest
Campsites: Shelter, Sulpher
April 8-10, 2016

St. George Island State Park
Campsite: Primitive A
November 28-29, 2015

Lake Wales Ridge State Forest
Florida Trailwalker Trails: Reedy Creek and Old Cabin
Campsites: Reedy Creek and Hidden Hammock
May 22-25, 2015

Myakka State Forest
Florida Trailwalker Trails: North and South Loop
May 2-3, 2015

Cayo Costa State Park
March 13-15, 2015

Myakka State Park
Campsites: Mossy Hammock, Prairie
February 27-March 1, 2015


Goodreads: alnotaly
Presented in ascending order by date finished.

The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget – Sarah Hepola
Butcher Bird – Richard Kadrey
Delicious Foods – James Hannaham
Lithium Jesus: A Memoir of Mania – Charles Monroe-Kane
Wonder (Wonder, #1) – R. J. Palacio
Sacred Space: A Little Book of Encouragement – The Irish Jesuits
The Cure for Dreaming – Cat Winters
The Cutting Season – Attica Locke
A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James
The Speed of Dark – Elizabeth Moon
Fear of Flying – Erica Jong
The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness – Elyn R. Saks
The Girl With All the Gifts (The Girl With All the Gifts #1) – M.R. Carey
The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho
The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
The Forever War – Dexter Filkins
Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries #1) – Dorothy L. Sayers
Chelsea Girls – Eileen Myles
Parable of the Sower (Earthseed #1) – Octavia Butler
Raising Demons – Shirley Jackson
Skippy Dies – Paul Murray
Young Once – Patrick Modiano (translated by Damion Searls)
Becoming a Man – Paul Monette
Sacred Space for Lent 2018 – The Irish Jesuits
The Killing Hour – Lisa Gardner
Lady Knight (Protector of the Small, #4) – Tamora Pierce
Squire (Protector of the Small, #3) – Tamora Pierce
This Is Me Letting You Go – Heidi Priebe
The Vegetarian – Kang Han
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) – Laini Taylor
Tapping the Source – Kem Nunn
Murder Season (Lena Gamble, #3) – Robert Ellis
The Wasp Factory – Ian Banks
Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
Sacred Space for Advent and the Christmas Season 2017-2018 – The Irish Jesuits
Meridian – Alice Walker
Wild Seed (Patternmaster, #1) – Octavia Butler
The Lost Witness (Lena Gamble #2) – Robert Ellis
A Year of Daily Offerings – James Kubicki

Sacred Space: The Prayer Book 2017 – The Irish Jesuits
City Of Fire (Lena Gamble, #1) – Robert Ellis
The Heart Goes Last – Margaret Atwood
The Kill Society (Sandman Slim, #9) – Richard Kadrey
The Association of Small Bombs – Karan Mahajan
After the Quake – Haruki Murakami
The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter
The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education – Christopher Emdin
The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction – William Bynum
Shadow Country – Peter Matthiessen
Information: A Very Short Introduction – Luciano Floridi
Library: An Unquiet History – Matthew Battles
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
The Two Cultures & A Second Look: An Expanded Version of The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution – C.P. Snow
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders – Daniyal Mueenuddin
A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir – Daisy Hernandez
Ascension – Jacqueline Koyanagi
Welcome to the Slipstream– Natalka Burian
Lying Awake – Mark Salzman
Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
Arrival – Ted Chiang
The Kingdom of God Is Within You – Leo Tolstoy
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Aya (Aya #1) – Marguerite Abouet
Trashed – Derf Backderf
My Friend Dahmer – Derf Backderf
Strangers In Paradise, Pocket Book 6 – Terry Moore
Strangers In Paradise, Pocket Book 5 – Terry Moore
The Harder They Come – T.C. Boyle
The Dogs of Winter – Kem Nunn
Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
The Kept Woman (Will Trent #8) – Karin Slaughter
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances – Neil Gaiman
Angela Carter’s Book Of Fairy Tales – Angela Carter – 900th book read on GoodReads since March 2008
How to Love (Mindfulness Essentials, #3) – Thích Nhất Hạnh
Home (Binti, #2) – Nnedi Okorafor
The Thing about Great White Sharks: And Other Stories – Rebecca Adams Wright
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World – Peter Wohlleben
Salvage the Bones – Jesmyn Ward
Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics – Jason Porath
Frozen Footprints – Therese Heckenkamp
Nothing Gold Can Stay – Ron Rash
Binti (Binti, #1) – Nnedi Okorafor
Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life – James Martin, SJ
The Perdition Stone (Sandman Slim, #8) – Richard Kadrey
Killing Pretty (Sandman Slim, #7) – Richard Kadrey
Sacred Space for Advent and the Christmas Season – The Irish Jesuits
Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson

At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance–A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power – Danielle L. McGuire
The Getaway God (Sandman Slim, #6) – Richard Kadrey
Kill City Blues (Sandman Slim, #5) – Richard Kadrey
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness – Sy Montgomery
Devil Said Bang (Sandman Slim, #4) – Richard Kadrey
Aloha from Hell (Sandman Slim, #3) – Richard Kadrey
Sacred Space: The Prayer Book 2016 – The Irish Jesuits
Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind – Sakyong Mipham
Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim, #2) – Richard Kadrey
Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim, #1) – Richard Kadrey
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War – Mary Roach
When the Emperor Was Divine – Julie Otsuka
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) – J.K. Rowling
Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History– Penny Le Couteur
Kundalini Energy & Christian Spirituality: A Pathway to Growth & Healing – Philip St. Romain
Cottonmouth – Julian Lee Rayford
How to Fake a Moon Landing – Darryl Cunningham
You Belong Here – M.H. Clark
Open House for Butterflies – Ruth Krauss
All the Birds, Singing – Evie Wyld
Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health – Lisa M. Sullivan
Neurocomic – Hana Ros
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas – Jim Ottaviani
Wounds of Passion: A Writing Life – bell hooks
Letters to a Young Scientist – Edward O. Wilson
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy – Christopher L. Hayes
When You Reach Me  – Rebecca Stead
Flee – Evan Dara
Disgraced – Ayad Akhtar
H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald
Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You – S. Bear Bergman
Girl in a Band – Kim Gordon
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen – Christopher McDougall
House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor – Lynda Barry
Black Dahlia & White Rose: Stories – Joyce Carol Oates
Evil Games – Angela Marsons
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven – Sherman Alexie
Dragonslippers: This is What an Abusive Relationship Looks Like – Rosalind B. Penfold
Silent Scream – Angela Marsons
A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me – Jason Schmidt
A Head Full of Ghosts – Paul Tremblay
Sacred Space: Advent – The Irish Jesuits
Come Closer – Sara Gran

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead – Sara Gran
A Hell of a Woman – Jim Thompson
Barefoot Gen: Volume I – Keiji Nakazawa
The Collected Stories – Amy Hempel
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things – Jenny Lawson
A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
The Prettiest One – James Hankins
Give Me Your Heart – Joyce Carol Oates
Don’t Talk to Strangers (Keye Street #3) – Amanda Kyle Williams
Stranger in the Room (Keye Street #2) – Amanda Kyle Williams
Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers – Nick Offerman
The Stranger You Seek (Keye Street #1) – Amanda Kyle Williams
Divergent (Divergent, #1) – Veronica Roth
The Ice at the Bottom of the World: Stories – Mark Richard
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline – George Saunders
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank – Nathan Englander
Redeployment – Phil Klay
Who Killed John F. Kennedy? (Lose Your Own Adventure #1) – Justin Sewell
Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead – Barbara Comyns
Of Bread and Circuses: The Story of Bountygate and the 2012 New Orleans Saints – Reid Gilbert
An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments – Ali Almossawi
Thorn in My Side – Karin Slaughter
Pretty Girls – Karin Slaughter
Non-Fiction – Chuck Palahniuk
The Martian – Andy Weir
Moranthology – Caitlin Moran
Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes – Karin Slaughter
Uncharted: Big Data and an Emerging Science of Human History – Erez Aiden
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir – Jenny Lawson
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War – Joe Bageant
Have You Seen Marie? – Sandra Cisneros
The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher – Lewis Thomas
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) – Madeleine L’Engle
I Just Got a Kitten. What Do I Do?: How to Buy, Train, Understand, and Enjoy Your Kitten – Mordecai Siegal
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions – Randall Munroe
Thief of Time (Discworld, #26; Death, #5) – Terry Pratchett
Now We Will Be Happy – Amina Gautier
An Ignatian Book of Days – Jim Manney
Save My Place – Olivia deBelle Byrd
The Book of Strange New Things – Michel Faber
Naked Lunch – William S. Burroughs
Page (Protector of the Small, #2) – Tamora Pierce
First Test (Protector of the Small, #1) – Tamora Pierce
The Year of the Crab: Marine Animals in Modern Medicine – William Sargent
Hogfather (Discworld, #20; Death, #4) – Terry Pratchett
From Monsoons to Microbes: Understanding the Ocean’s Role in Human Health – National Research Council
Soul Music (Discworld, #16) – Terry Pratchett
The Apple: New Crimson Petal Stories – Michel Faber
The Crimson Petal and the White – Michel Faber
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating – Elisabeth Tova Bailey
How to Leave Hialeah – Jennine Capo Crucet
A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
We Live in Water – Jess Walter
Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life’s Difficulties – Ajahn Brahm
The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey
Rage Against the Meshugenah: Why it Takes Balls to Go Nuts – Danny Evans
Detective Story – Imre Kertsz
Ordeal by Innocence – Agatha Christie
Tenth of December – George Saunders
M Is for Magic – Neil Gaiman
My Watery Self: Memoirs of a Marine Scientist – Stephen Spotte
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened – Allie Brosh
The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances – Matthew Inman
Smut – Alan Bennett
The Silver Dream (InterWorld, #2) – Neil Gaiman


Shows & Performances:
Galactic, House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts
Hurray for the Riff Raff, Somerville Theater, Somerville, Massachusetts
The Memory Palace, Somerville Armory, Somerville, Massachusetts

Albums (Purchased):
Rahim Alhaj – Letters from Iraq: Ould and String Quintet

Andrew Bird & Belle and Sebastian, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, Massachusetts
Against Me!, Paradise Rock Club, Boston, Massachusetts
Dinosaur Jr., State Theater, St. Petersburg, Florida
Jeffrey Foucault & Kris Delmhorst, ONCE Ballroom, Somerville, Massachusetts
The Accidentals, Club Passim, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Albums (Purchased):
Hem – Rabbit Songs
James Brown – Soulful Christmas
Jeffrey Foucault – Ghost Repeater
The Accidentals – Odyssey
Vagabon – Infinite Worlds

Titus Andronicus, Marquis Theater, Denver, Colorado
They Might Be Giants, State Theater, St. Petersburg, Florida
Of Montreal!, The Orpheum, Ybor City, Florida
Worriers, Epic Problem, Tampa, Florida

Albums (Purchased):
Beyoncé – Lemonade
BJ the Chicago Kid – In My Mind
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
David Bowie – The Next Day
Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution
Haley Bonar – Impossible Dream
Jen Cloher & The Endless Sea – Dead Wood Falls
Joseph – I’m Alone, No You’re Not
Monks of Senegal – Keur Moussa
Oscar Peterson – On Green Dolphin Street
Perfect Pussy – Say Yes to Love
Shearwater – Jet Plane and Oxbow
Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Tacocat – Lost Time
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – A Man Alive
Titus Andronicus – The Airing of Grievances
Yo-Yo Ma – Bach: Unaccompanied Cello Suites (Remastered)

Built to Spill, State Theater, St. Petersburg, Florida
Metz the Band, State Theater, St. Petersburg, Florida
The Banditos, Fogartyville Community Center, Sarasota, Florida

Albums (on heavy rotation):
Allen Toussaint – Sweet Touch of Love
Beach Slang – The Things We Do to Find People Like Us
Dutch Rebelle – Rebelle Diaries
Etta James – It Takes Love to Keep a Woman
Fugazi – The Argument
Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors
Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings and Food
Television – Marquee Moon
Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy
The Underachievers – Evermore: The Art of Duality
Worriers – Imaginary Life


This incomplete list is placed in ascending order.

Shipyard Maine Coast Half Marathon
May 11, 2019
2:09:01, 1094 of 2449 overall, 610/1697 women, 101/279 age group

TARC Blue Hills 12K – Trail
July 8, 2018
2:51:37, DFL with 3 wonderful people

TARC Summer Classic 50K – Trail
August 12, 2017
7:42:54, 29/47 overall, 10/18 women, 12/17 age group

Everglades Ultra 50K – Trail
February 18, 2017
7:37:40, 49/69 overall, 20/28 women, 5/5 age group

Florida Challenge Half Marathon – Trail
February 5, 2017
2:21:58, 86/161 overall, 30/74 women, 7/14 age group

X-Country Half Marathon – Trail
November 20, 2016
2:10:58, 69/165 overall, 23/72 women, 2/5 age group

Southermost Half Marathon – Virtual 
October 8, 2016
13.24 miles, 2:28:08

Beat the Blerch Half Marathon – Virtual
September 17, 2016
No official result, but pretty fun!

Long Play Races – Half Marathon Trail Run
March 6, 2016
2:22:43, 39/89 overall, 9/38 women, 2/7 age group

Scrub Jay 10K Trail Run
February 13, 2016
1:00:52.1, 50/115 overall, 2/6 age group

Croom Zoom 25K Trail Run
January 2, 2016
3:05:45, 53/102 overall, 23/56 women, 2/3 age group

Turkey Trot for Hope 5K
November 26, 2015
26:51, 275/1175 overall, 5/25 age group

Myakka Half Marathon
November 21, 2015
2:11:10, 149/423 overall, 87/307 women, 6/22 age group

Wildhorse 10-mile Trail Run
November 1, 2015
2:00:25, 11/26 overall, 5/15 women, 1/2 age group
Note: More like an adventure race with water crossing and ropes

John Holmes 9-mile Trail Run
October 10, 2015
1:36:27, 25/59 overall, 10/27 women, 2/3 age group

Crescent City Classic 10K
April 4, 2015
1:10:42, 8224/? overall, 3316/9171 women, 726/1418 age group
Ran dressed as a banana for my friend’s birthday

Trout Creek 5K Trail Run
March 29, 2015
30:24, 39/123 overall, 10/70 women, 1/3 age group

Florida Challenge 5K Trail Run
January 25, 2015
30:26, 58/138 overall, 12/62 women, 2/6 age group

End of the World Half-Marathon
December 8, 2013
3:00:00, 105/131 overall, 15/21 age group

Crescent City Classic 10K
March 30, 2013
55:59.01, 639/9366 women, 156/1485 age group

Azalea Trail Run 10K
March 23, 2013
57:44, 946/2375 overall, 42/160 age group

Crescent City Fall Classic
November 10, 2012
27:52, 141/892 women, 27/133 age group

Elephant Walk Triathlon
August 26, 2000
On a team with Dad

Turkey 5K
34:36, 30/52 overall

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