Spring Is All Around Me

This might not make sense to many of you, but I haven’t particularly liked springtime in my various homes as an adult – not before living here in Oregon, anyway. It was decent but disorienting in Texas. In New York, so much of what should have been pretty was distracted by mounds of melting brown/gray […]

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The Power Of Place: Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa

I’ve spent a good deal of years working as a writer and a lot of that writing has been about travel. But travel writing is rarely about the act of traveling. It’s about discovery – of the self and of others. It’s about culture. It’s about the power of place. My Mexican mother-in-law used to […]

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4 Ways To Break An Anxiety Block

I wasn’t having a creative block, let’s just get that out of the way off the bat. I was having a Showing My Creations To Other People block. I was hitting a wall for sure, but it was an anxiety wall, not a creative productivity wall. Five and a half years went by between a […]

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One Year Exactly: A Review

We arrived to this house we now call home on January 24th, 2017. One year ago. We pulled in around maybe 7pm or so and found the front door unlocked. We wandered in, taking the first real look in person at our new home (we’d been in and out of this one quickly while seeing […]

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December Progress Report

(SPONSORED) Hellllllllllooooo! That’s me waving from the depths of the hole I’ve buried myself in – or at least have been digging myself into – lately. I don’t mean that in a morbid way, it’s just that things get busy. I’ve always been a do-too-mucher, which is kind of becoming funny to reflect on at […]

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To Master a Bedroom

What does it mean to have a “Master Bedroom” in your house? I’m not a master of anyone. I can hardly execute my own will over myself. So we can take that definition and shove it off the table. I learned while house-hunting that for a bedroom to truly be considered a Master, it must […]

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Life, Death, & Food Allergies

No matter how much I know that birth and death are just expressions of being and that we still are no matter what, that a life’s impact is infinite no matter what, it still hurts when death hits close to home. My friend Aaron Bramley passed last month. He fought hard against cancer, but diseases […]

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