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About Me — Todd Nelson

Trying to see the big picture by digging into the details of the past. Also, bikes, because they can save the world.

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I was not yet 10, but that’s me. Photo credit to either my dad or my uncle.

Long ago, I heard the phrase “what you are is where you were when you were 10” — at least that’s how I recall it. The idea is attributed to Morris Massey. If I knew I’d eventually be writing About Me, I’d have done something more interesting back in 1973. So apparently, I find other people’s stories more interesting to write about.

I am a midwestern transplant to northern California where I share a home with my wife — also from Michigan — and occasionally our twenty-something son. I studied engineering, spent time in management, and worked for an abnormally small number of companies, but now I’m retired.

Several years ago, I started blogging as a creative outlet, here and here. I mostly write about history. I like the idea of becoming a better storyteller. Blogging gave me practice and Medium gives me a larger audience with better feedback.

I’m also a cyclist. For years, I commuted to work by bike — rain or shine (it doesn’t snow here). In a typical year, I will ride more miles than I drive. I think bikes are part of the answer to a lot of civilization’s problems. That might be more than a five-minute read!

Sometimes it’s hard to be a rule-follower. Photo by author.

I hope you enjoy what I write.

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What’s going on this month?

  • I just started reading another book on Indigenous Knowledge, “Braiding Sweetgrass; Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants”. It’s an easy transition from “Finding the Mother Tree”.
  • Still stalled on the sequel about the CEO of the company I worked for. Need to verify the salacious claims about a certain someone.
  • I wake up every day and look at “purple air” to see how bad the air quality is due to the wildfires throughout northern California and PNW.

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My cocktail party explanation of my job was “talking to really smart people, then telling other really smart people what they said. Fortunately, it made sense to them and our company made money.” So, in keeping with that theme, I stole this format from JL Matthews who gave credit to Zulie Rane, Danny Forest, and Violet Daniels. In this case, however, I’m talking to myself and writing for you.




A publication dedicated to bringing out the stories behind the writers themselves. A place of autobiographies. Types of personal stories include introductions, memoirs, self-reflections, and self-love.

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Todd Nelson

Todd Nelson

Engineer, sustainability, indigenous history, analog electronics history and anything that supports my belief that bikes can save the world.

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