Photo Set: Northern Ireland

The trip to Northern Ireland was by far the most important part of my trip. I was going to meet a "new" friend, someone I'd written about extensively over the last five months, to interview him and speak with him about the project. This is what I love about writing!  Our adventure started at Waterloo … Continue reading Photo Set: Northern Ireland


Photo Set: Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is an island commune located approximately a kilometer off the Normandy coast of France, and it looks like a goddamn fairy tale. (It is, nearly, a fairy tale, as the city was the inspiration for the Disney film Tangled.)Part monastery, part fort, part village, Mont Saint-Michel is designed to mirror the feudal system, with … Continue reading Photo Set: Mont Saint-Michel

The Person I’m Pretending To Be

"You are what you pretend to be." - Kurt Vonnegut At this point in my life, I'm doing a serious amount of introspection. At 30 years old, I feel like I'm caught in the first of my life's major crossroads; there's the person I currently am at 30 years old, the person I thought I … Continue reading The Person I’m Pretending To Be

Photo Set: Surviving Elk Mountain

Our friend Jamie came to visit us in Portland over Labor Day weekend, so we hit up all her favorite spots in Portland. Powell's Books. Sizzle Pie. Por Que No. It was our first playing the "host" in the city we just moved to. On Labor Day, we decided to travel over to Tillamook, to … Continue reading Photo Set: Surviving Elk Mountain

If You’re Reading This, I Moved to Portland

Sometimes life doesn't work out as you'd planned. Plans change. People disappoint. Emotions flare and mistakes get made. This is life. You can't possibly prepare for every circumstance or outcome, so the true test of one's character is how you respond to these unforeseen obstacles in life. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. … Continue reading If You’re Reading This, I Moved to Portland

Photo Set: Tahoe National Forest

I recently spent a week in the Tahoe National Forest. First with my family in North Lake Tahoe, and then two days with my friend in Echo Lake. The effects of the California drought were staggering. The Truckee River was lower than I've ever seen it. The mountains were more gray then green, beautiful in … Continue reading Photo Set: Tahoe National Forest

Rollercoasters and Cirque

With Ayla soon departing Circus Center and Eve performing in the Cirque Dreams show at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, we had run out of excuses... it was time for a day at the amusement park. I hadn't been to an amusement park since "Senior Ditch Day" back at that Thacher, so I was definitely excited … Continue reading Rollercoasters and Cirque