Who am I?

My name is Toshen.

When I was a kid, I lived in Minnesota. My deep appreciation for the outdoors was kindled there in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, where I paddled and hiked in awe several times.


I've lived a few places: Washington, Oregon, California, Massachusetts, Maui, Ethiopia, Germany, and India, where I meditated with a teacher who touches my heart deeply.

Then I discovered, fell in love with, and put down roots here in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

A garden with a house

I've shared life for many years and countless miles with Garima.

Celebrating finding our new home

Countless miles? Yep, Garima and I really love hiking together in the amazing Rocky Mountains, so we're on the trails a lot.

A trail in the Rockies

I worked for many years in the tech industry, focused on technical communication and program management.

Giving a talk at a tech conference

I passionately enjoy nature photography …

One of my photos of Fern Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

Fern Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park
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reading …

Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark

Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark
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writing …

TSW WebCoder      Panic Coda

I especially appreciate things that are made by hand.
I have lovingly written and hand-coded this site,
which is now hundreds of pages deep,
since 1999, using two great tools:
WebCoder for the first years,
and now Coda by Panic.

A note on the fonts:
My logo uses Jill Bell's Bruno JB,
"an enigma wrapped within a riddle,"
which I enjoy for its playful flair.
The rest of my website uses
Muli by Vernon Adams,
which I appreciate
for how well it
reads and

and woodworking, especially lamp making.

My luna lamp

My Luna lamp, one in a series of
polyhedra-shaped lamps
that I'm exploring.
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I'm also an amateur radio enthusiast.

My HT: Kenwood TH-D74A

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My name is pronounced with an "oh" and means contentment. The Brits pronounce the shortened version of my name, Tosh, with an "ah," which means something like nonsense. Yep, that fits, too.


Maybe we'll pass each other
on the path someday?

American Hiking Society - promotes and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience
American Hiking Society – lifetime member
Lyons Historical Society – lifetime member
Lyons Prepared – co-chair
BCARES – member
(Boulder & Broomfield Counties
Amateur Radio Emergency Services)
Longmont Amateur Radio Club – member
Boulder County Leadership Fellows – Alumnus
Society for Technical Communication – past member
Electronic Frontier Foundation – member
Electronic Frontier Foundation - Defending Your Rights in the Digital World