Michael A. Castello, PhD

MD/PhD student, neuroscientist, husband, lover of technology (carbon & silicon-based varieties), avid learner, passionate advocate.


October 7, 2018

You arrive in a whirlwind,
Smelling of flowers and longing,
Pleasure and sharing and laughter and
So close,
And then you are gone,
Leaving happiness in your wake.


August 24, 2018

How many days have passed
Since our hands first touched, cautious fingers entwined?
How many steps along this tangled path
That we have made our own?

A journey over steep and jagged mountains,
Fraught with rocky canyons.
Harsh terrain that we surmounted,
Focused only on the endless road ahead.[…]


August 21, 2018

I lingered out of reach, hidden deep within myself,
Careful not to share too much, lest I be exposed.
You danced nearby, matched my steps,
Risked yourself, inviting me to trust.

A smile, a laugh, a wink…

A touch.

Suddenly I was in your arms,[…]


Leveling Up

August 7, 2019

If there’s anyone left still following along after all the extended silences and affirmative responses to the “are you still in school” question, it’s time to check in with what I’m doing now. While I did, in fact, graduate with some degrees a while back there’s still a long way to go on the path from “person with a degree”[…] Read more  »

Lego Rediscovery

March 11, 2019

For some time now I have had a goal of transporting my Lego collection from its storage location at my mom’s house to my current place of residence. This past weekend, I made the beginnings of progress during a brief stop through Maryland.

When I arrived at her house, my mom had kindly gathered all of the bins from their various hiding places.[…] Read more  »

Water Supply Side

January 13, 2019

Recently I found a new-in-box water bottle at a thrift store. Initially I was confused as to why someone would get rid of it; however, upon opening the box I saw that it was emblazoned with a logo:


I’m sure it’s former owner was worried about accidentally being associated with such an embarrassingly mistaken ideology.[…] Read more  »