I find myself annoyed often when I’m abroad and things are so delicious and I can’t figure out why the heck food and drink don’t taste as good in the States. Yes, I suppose a solid argument could be made about how during vacation, your nervous system is more relaxed and your taste receptors are […]

The NYTimes had an article a few weeks ago about how beauty is making scientists rethink evolution. It started with a story of the male bowerbird, a bird of paradise-like little guy whose plumage has an incandescent beauty that I’m sure David Attenborough dreams about. The bowerbird’s mating ritual involves creating an elaborate stage area […]

You remember as a kid when you’d carefully fold your super cool Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup t-shirt into your kid-sized luggage and be so excited to head off to summer camp? You’d spend a week in a cabin staying up late and sneaking out to go star gazing and somehow after a few nights under […]

Although we could’ve spent a perfectly happy lifetime within the walls of the abbazia, adventure beckoned. Sicily is the original melting-pot, boasting influences from a Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arabic, and Italian past. The buildings are a century by century lesson in architectural history and we needed to get in on some of that. Plus, we […]

You know those places you walk into and you just can kinda tell they’re haunted? Maybe it’s a little chill in the air or a subtle feeling that makes the hair on your arm stick up. There are times when the energy of a place isn’t settled… and you can feel that. Whatever the opposite […]

The current heatwave in Japan has officially been declared a natural disaster. UK citizens have been issued warnings encouraging them to stay in their homes and out of the heat. Germany has a shortage on beer bottles as the summer blaze this year has dramatically increased demand. Here in Seattle, our pets are splayed frog legged […]

“What amazes me about landscape — landscape recalls you into a mindful mode of stillness, solitude, and silence where you can truly receive time. In urban areas, it can be difficult to reach and sustain gentleness… A friend of mine, just in the last week, was absolutely exhausted in London, came away down southern England […]

After four months on the road following Moveable Feast: Yucatàn, Laura and I are settling back into our restful home, reestablishing our routines, and taking the pup for long walks in the woods. As good as travel feels, it makes home life that much sweeter. The vistas we’ve seen, the people we’ve connected with, and […]

My first apartment in Seattle was right off Pike’s Market. I first moved to the Pacific Northwest in mid-January years back and got accustomed to using the historic market as my grocery store. After a few months, I got to know my veggie guy, would ask about my cheese gal’s kids, the butcher would pour […]

The first time I visited Paris, I stepped out of the Gare de Lyon and into the intoxicating Parisian boulevards.  An accordion player serenaded the passersby near the Seine as we ducked into a café for a quick espresso to check the map and figure out where our hotel was (this was 2004. No smart […]

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