Puzzle Queen

San Diego, Ca // Evelyn is my roommate. She's 91 years old but she still wants to ride a hot air balloon someday. When I moved in a few weeks ago, her 500-piece Christmas puzzle was still mostly disassembled and she told me it would probably take a couple of months for her to complete …

Naked 

We all hide. We clothe ourselves daily in the curtains of our family, culture, and personality. We adorn ourselves in the robes we’ve been given or the ones we’ve gathered along the way. We’ve all seen that we’re naked. But beaneath that fabric, you’re still bare. Behind a veil, you will be blind. Unbutton your …

The Lonely Tree

Etna, Calif. // I’m back in Etna, California - my hometown in Scott Valley, a remote ranching community just south of the Oregon border. Population: 700. In the 10 years since I have been gone, the number of things that have changed I can count on one hand. It’s the most beautiful place on earth. …

Building Bridges

The North Sea // “People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.” - Joseph Fort Newton My “Uncle” Bill (again, not actually sure how we’re related) quoted me this today. I’m back in the Netherlands, today to the North Sea. After the last five weeks in suburban Europe, the smell of ocean air …

#14Gifts

We snapped this selfie just after my Ojiichan picked me up at the bus stop in Nagano. After he dropped me off at home, he went to meet his doctor for a follow up on some routine blood work. The next couple of days were a flurry of urgent doctor visits and awaiting test results. …

You Are Enough

We live in a culture perpetuated by fear – fear of the future, insecurity of self, a lack of passion for the pursuit we are living. We cover it with hard work, business and an heir of confidence we ride the edge to maintain. We find pride and confidence in our ability to carry more …