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 […]

“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 […]

“I will beat you up so bad if anything ever happens to you,” Laura says to me after I cross four lanes of traffic against the light to come give her a kiss. “You expect me to wait for these yahoos? I had a lady to get to,” I say. —- These past two weeks, […]

There’s a short story by Sherman Alexie where the main character has a terrible accident and the next morning, wakes up and the woman he loves is cooking him breakfast as the kid is running around the kitchen. He sits and sips his coffee, watches the scene unfold and she fries up eggs over the […]

“Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.” – Le Corbusier Often when we travel, the places that stick with us aren’t the grand or overwrought. The spaces that fill our imagination are edited, humble, and modest. When we […]

Today’s post is brought to you by our lovely retreat designer Sarah, whose day job is being flown around the globe in search of the prettiest things this world has to offer. From rare museum quality artifacts in a monastery in Tibet to old wine barrels from a Patagonian vineyard, if there’s something beautiful to be found, Sarah is ready to […]

There’s no reason Laura and I should’ve survived January 14th, 2016. We were three hours deep into a ten hour bus ride through the mountains of the northern Philippines when the driver decided he wanted to get there a little faster than usual. So he doubled the speed limit. Now, “bus” is a very generous term […]

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