Matter, Energy, and Life of Michaela A. Castello.

Category: Life

Short (and long) reads extracted from my personal life.

  • Hasta Luego, San Diego

    Roughly eighteen months ago I made the decision to pursue an epilepsy fellowship in a chaotic process that ended with a position at Stanford. Today, I’m faced with the obvious consequence of my choices: I had to move out of San Diego. The quasi-academic nature of postgraduate medical training leaves little time for major life…

  • Turning Back Time

    It turns out that, like me, my car is getting older. So is this website, for that matter: it’s coming up on fourteen years since this. Back in 2009, having an in-dash LCD screen and navigation system on a Honda was pretty sweet. I still had a Windows Mobile phone with a full keyboard and…

  • Nonperformance

    Trans means different things to different people, creating a wide variety of possible experiences. In my individual case, a lot of my experience and motivation to ultimately transition stems from a lifetime of gender dysphoria, or essentially being born into the wrong body. While I have only been in a place to “do something about…

  • Never-ending Grind

    Never-ending Grind

    I keep attempting to wrest my medical trajectory closer to the engineering career I should have pursued all along…

  • Reintroduction


    It’s not only a name change: I’ve transitioned to female, and it’s for the best.

  • Big Sib, Big Sib!

    Big Sib, Big Sib!

    When I started child neurology, I never expected to gain an older sibling.

  • Review: Everything That Remains

    Everything That Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus Perhaps it is fitting that my review of the memoir authored by The Minimalists is brief. Overall I enjoyed the book even with the style choice of having commentary in endnotes (I maintained two bookmarks so I could flip back and forth). Using a memoir to…

  • Bast’s Birthday Surprise

    Bast’s Birthday Surprise

    Bast had quite the exciting birthday party this year.