PurpleStride Chicago

Today, we are participating in Chapman University’s Literary Pub(lishing) Crawl. If you’re in the area, we encourage you to join us for panels with writers, editors, and agents and a book signing featuring former head of Disneyland Jack Lindquist and journalist David Henley. On Saturday, we’ll be walking for the second time in PurpleStride Chicago. Last spring, Anna’s Mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and … Continue reading PurpleStride Chicago

It Takes a Village To Build a Blog

Two years ago this coming Sunday, we launched Lofty Ambitions blog. This piece marks our 276th post. At this second anniversary of our work together as bloggers, we can’t help but reflect that it’s not just about us, that one thing led to another, and that Lofty Ambitions has become more than the sum of its parts. Two years ago, not many people knew we … Continue reading It Takes a Village To Build a Blog

Lofty Ambitions at The Huffington Post

Yep, that’s right. We’re blogging at The Huffington Post, too. Our co-written posts there are, of course, about the same sorts of things we discuss here. But the content is different, and we take a slightly different approach there. And if you read the comment threads over at HuffPost, you’ll see a lot of strong opinions about space exploration, the role of NASA, the future … Continue reading Lofty Ambitions at The Huffington Post

Lofty Ambitions Blog Trailer

This week, we played with our iMovie software and came up with this blog trailer for Lofty Ambitions. For this piece, we decided to focus on following the end of the space shuttle program and, in particular, the last flight ever, that of Atlantis last July. If you want to know more about our adventures represented in this video, check out our series “Last Chance to … Continue reading Lofty Ambitions Blog Trailer

Lofty Ambitions at AWP

We’re really excited that both of us are presenting at The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference this year and that our presentations are directly related to what we do at Lofty Ambitions. CLICK TO READ LOFTY POSTS HIGHLIGHTING AWP PRESENTERS: December 19: Kristen Iversen, author of the forthcoming Full Body Burden January 16: Jeff Porter, author of Oppenheimer Is Watching Me February 8: In … Continue reading Lofty Ambitions at AWP

Guest Blog: A Year-End Round-Up

Lofty Ambitions has been posting pieces by guest bloggers for more than a year now. We’ve been grateful to be able to share a wide range of voices, ideas, and topics with our readers, all the while remaining focused on the blog’s main interests of aviation and space exploration, science of the twentieth century and beyond, and writing as a couple. With the holidays coming … Continue reading Guest Blog: A Year-End Round-Up

Last Chance to See (Appendix/TOC)

On Wednesday, we concluded our series “Last Chance to See.” Here is a Table of Contents of sorts, with links and brief descriptions, for this series. Most posts include several of our own photographs; we have noted posts that include video and/or more than the usual number of photos. We’ve also listed our July guest bloggers at the bottom because they, too, fit the topic … Continue reading Last Chance to See (Appendix/TOC)

Happy Anniversary!

One year ago today, we launched Lofty Ambitions (click HERE for our launch post). We chose our three-pronged focus carefully: science of the twentieth century and beyond, aviation and spaceflight, and writing as a couple. Those topics drew from our deep, shared interests but gave us plenty of room to maneuver. As you can tell from the Lofty Topics in our sidebar, we gravitated, over the … Continue reading Happy Anniversary!

Interview: Mike Coats

This video launches our NEW INTERVIEW FEATURE, which will appear every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. To mark the end of the space shuttle program this year, we’ll begin with a series of interviews we’ve done with astronauts in that program. We have a lot more in store, including interviews with Apollo astronauts Charlie Duke and Walt Cunningham as well as with the … Continue reading Interview: Mike Coats