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Sketching Norway: Gratitude at the top of the world.

Sketching Norway: Gratitude at the top of the world.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016

As I sat and sketched in Tromsø, I loved looking up at the cathedral’s turquoise steeple, keeping time by the clocks on its churchtower, and thinking once again of my favorite equation for enoughness.

Sketching Norway: Surprise voyage on the Skydancer.

Sketching Norway: Surprise voyage on the Skydancer.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016

While getting to see Lofoten’s rugged peaks from the water was a welcome change in perspective, the greatest gift of our journey to Tromsø was the number of surprising connections it held.

Mother Tongue: Notes on memoirs, maps, and magical thinking.

Mother Tongue: Notes on memoirs, maps, and magical thinking.

Posted on May 21, 2016

Creating the cover illustration for Christine Gilbert’s new memoir, Mother Tongue—and by extension, getting to help tell Christine’s story visually—was both a joy and an incredible honor.

A tale of three sketchbooks in Sweden.

A tale of three sketchbooks in Sweden.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016

To land in Stockholm, and have my first port-of-call be a place that some of my best friends had stayed in not two months earlier, was a welcome point of connection to my San Francisco community.

Sketching Sweden: A full-circle return to Stockholm.

Sketching Sweden: A full-circle return to Stockholm.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016

On a brisk Sunday morning in Stockholm, I can remember the feeling of being on the brink of it all. As though hidden behind a cobblestoned bend of its own, our future lay out of sight, but still within reach.

Sketching Lofoten: At home in the far north.

Sketching Lofoten: At home in the far north.

Posted on Mar 28, 2016

My time on Lofoten so far has reminded me of one of my favorite life lessons—that no matter how well we think we know what we need from a journey, sometimes the universe knows even better…

Home sweet San Francisco: On travel, life, and coming home.

Home sweet San Francisco: On travel, life, and coming home.

Posted on Nov 28, 2015

San Francisco is teaching me that home can be a person, but on a greater level, home is all of the people in our life, whose combined presence forms an emotional foundation just as significant as any physical one.

Book giveaway: Don George’s The Way of Wanderlust

Book giveaway: Don George’s The Way of Wanderlust

Posted on Sep 1, 2015

I loved sharing the evolution of Don George’s beautiful new collection of stories, The Way of Wanderlust, here recently, and today, I couldn’t be more excited to be giving away two signed copies.

Book Passage 2015: Notes on teaching, touchstones, and the crossing of thresholds.

Book Passage 2015: Notes on teaching, touchstones, and the crossing of thresholds.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015

The Book Passage travel writing and photography conference is a kind of touchstone place I keep returning to, and yet each year finds us all moving forward in our lives and work as well.

Take FLYTE: Notes on the power of travel.

Take FLYTE: Notes on the power of travel.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015

I will always believe in the power of travel to point us down the paths we’re meant to pursue—the world plants seeds, and in time, life brings them to fruition.