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My name is Candace, I’m a writer, sketch artist, and illustrator, and I’m glad you stopped by. Have a look around, or drop me a line at [email protected] Thank you for reading!

escape to the seaside.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011

 “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…” –Ralph Waldo Emerson  When a room comes with its own pair of binoculars, you know you’re in for a good night’s stay. The minute I walked through the door of my hotel room in Brighton, the minute I looked out the wide bay window […]

where london stretches her legs.

Posted on Mar 5, 2011

“Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.” —Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks When you start thinking in iambic pentameter, it’s a sign you need to go outside and get some air. This week we […]

moving at my own momentum.

Posted on Feb 13, 2011

“Get a bicycle.  You will not regret it if you live.” –Mark Twain When driving around the North Island of New Zealand last year, I spent a night on the Coromandel Peninsula in a hostel not far from the famous Hot Water Beach. That night I got to know three Germans (well, two Germans and one […]

travel photo essay: looking back on egypt.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011

“It is at sunset that the Pyramids must be seen.” –Gustave Flaubert, Flaubert in Egypt There’s something particularly unsettling about watching a political crisis unfold in a place you’ve travelled in and loved. Just two weeks after I left Fiji in April of 2009, a coup took place as the president dismissed all judges and […]

travel photo essay: feira dos passaros.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011

“God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.” –Jacques Deval I hadn’t been looking for a market. Indeed, on such a lazy Sunday morning in Porto, Portugal, I hadn’t been looking for anything much at all–but isn’t that when the great finds always happen? From the bus on my […]

travel photo of the day: prisms in porto.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011

“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.” –Henri Matisse It’s funny the things that remain with us after we leave a place. After a weekend in Porto, Portugal, I’m left with the usual sort of activities to look back on–the four-hour bike ride down the coast […]

let it be sardinia.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011

“Where then? Spain or Sardinia. Spain or Sardinia. Sardinia, which is like nowhere. Sardinia which has no history, no date, no race, no offering. Let it be Sardinia.” —D.H. Lawrence, Sea and Sardinia You know that person all your friends want you to meet? The one they’re just dying to introduce you to? Maybe it’s—“You’ll […]

in search of the wild dala.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011

“My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” –Diane Arbus Little Sweden USA. It’s an unusual title to hear no matter where you happen to be in the States, but perhaps even more so in a place like Kansas. But such is the claim to fame held by Lindsborg, a little town in […]

why i blog.

Posted on Jan 15, 2011

“A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list.” –Unknown               I never thought I’d be a blogger.I can remember, ‘back in the day’ of Xanga and the like, when the thought of blogging seemed like nothing more […]

sunday roast on the thames.

Posted on Jan 12, 2011

“The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love, like being enlivened with champagne.” –Samuel Johnson         I always pride myself on being a good expat. Whatever my adopted country may be at the time, I aim to become a student of its culture, soaking up […]