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Sketching California: Two pilgrims on the Slow Coast

Sketching California: Two pilgrims on the Slow Coast

Posted on Oct 24, 2016

Being a pilgrim depends less on our means as it does on our mentality: To take our time with a journey, to not rush our destination, and to create space in each day for discovery, saying only—In Slow We Trust.

An illustrated love letter to Vashon Island.

An illustrated love letter to Vashon Island.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014

As I studied the Puget Sound in my scooter’s rear-view mirror, I realized then that the greatest gift that Vashon gave me this summer was the gift of reflection – the gift of looking back.

Notes from an island in the Puget Sound.

Notes from an island in the Puget Sound.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014

I keep thinking about the mysterious ways in which life often works – planting seeds when we least expect it, and then giving us equally unexpected opportunities to bring those seeds to fruition.

The day I lost my travel mojo.

The day I lost my travel mojo.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014

We find our rhythms in life, and we fall out of them. We catch our buses and flights, and sometimes we miss them. We lose our travel mojo, and we get it back – at least that’s what I’m hoping happens soon.

A little birthday sketch by the sea.

A little birthday sketch by the sea.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014

My head is always filled with a thousand plans for the future, but as I dug my feet into the sand and sketched a place I’ve been calling home for nearly three decades now, I felt my mind grow still.

Slow Moments: Week Four.

Slow Moments: Week Four.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014

Vera answered me and then asked, rather knowingly, “Are you writing about the eagle?” I told her that I was – and how he taught me that whether in flight or at rest, we always have our wings.

Sketch of the month: February edition.

Sketch of the month: February edition.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014

I found that my brief encounter with Leena had been its own source of quiet energy for me. Her questions and kind smile remained me for a long time, imbuing each stroke of my paintbrush with a renewed sense of peace and purpose.

“Find your eternity in each moment”: In search of Slow Moments.

“Find your eternity in each moment”: In search of Slow Moments.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014

I spend so much time focusing on the big moments ahead – the meetings, the workshops – that I forget to focus on all the steps in between, the Slow Moments that actually make up our lives.

Sketching Christmas spirit: Poinsettias and post office revelations.

Sketching Christmas spirit: Poinsettias and post office revelations.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Geraldine reminded me of a valuable truth that afternoon: that no matter what the crazy retailers want us to believe, Christmas isn’t about what we’re going to get or give. It’s about celebrating what we already have.

Travel sketch of the month: August edition.

Travel sketch of the month: August edition.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013

It has been a summer of discovering new landscapes – the ethereal Shi Shi Beach of Olympic National Park, the desert canyons of Yakima River Valley in central Washington, and now I can add Desolation Wilderness to that list, too.