A Triumphant Return!

Wow! I just checked to see when the last post I put up was, and it was mid-February! That’s quite a long time to go radio silent, but to be fair, I’ve been very busy. Since beginning what I hope to turn into a pretty good side hustle—The Nut-Free Vegan—in February, most of my off-hours […]



In an effort to share my photography beyond those who see it now, I’ve opened an Etsy store where I’m selling prints of photos I’ve taken over the past three years. It’s a lot of fun to know that people are seeing and possibly buying my work. Interestingly, that’s not something I would’ve ever imagined […]


My 2017 To-Do List

Now that 2016 is behind us, I’m ready to take on this new year with drive and a lot of gusto. Last year was really great for me, and I think 2017 can be even better. With that in mind, I’ve made a list of things to accomplish over the next twelve months. I’m not […]


My 2016 Library

This wasn’t my most prolific year when it came to reading. But I feel like what I lacked in volume I made up for in content. Since it was “Twenty Fixteen,” the bulk of what I read outside of my job (where I try to read as much of the content of the books I’m […]


The Power of Daily Ideas

There are different schools on how ideas come about. Author Elizabeth Gilbert believes the creative ones are floating around, waiting for someone to welcome them in and see them to fruition. I agree with this wholeheartedly after reading her book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (review forthcoming on this blog!). But I also think […]


Happy 100th, National Parks Service!

So far this year Laura and I have had the great fortune to visit three U.S. National Parks: Mesa Verde in Cortez, Colorado, Grand Canyon in Arizona, and Joshua Tree in California. Each of them had their own breathtaking landscapes and meditative energy—perfect for our honeymoon, which is what we were on when we toured […]


House of Eternal Return

After our wedding at the beautiful Inn of the Turquoise Bear, but before embarking on a honeymoon tour through the Southwest, Laura and I visited an art installation that everyone we’d met from Albuquerque to Santa Fe had been raving about: House of Eternal Return. The exhibit, created by local arts collective Meow Wolf, consists […]


Marriage, Hiking, and Culture: Three Days in Santa Fe

Back in May, Laura and I took a trip to the southwest, somewhere we don't visit nearly enough, but love so much we decided to make it the destination of one of the most important trips we'd take. We invited our families to join us in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where we said, "I do" after being together for thirteen years. After a ton of research and planning (about 90% of which, I'd say, was done by Laura), it all came together perfectly. And even if it went totally wrong, I don't see how such [...]


Weekend in Coastal Connecticut

This past weekend Laura and I took a trip up to Connecticut to visit her parents. They live in Westbrook, a sleepy little fishing town along the coast about a half hour away from New Haven. Dining and visiting the beach seem to be the most popular things to do there, but along the Boston Post Road, there are many other little towns within driving distance that offer quite a lot of other things to try out.


Travel Blogging: Honeymoon Edition

I'm writing from the kitchen bar in our Palm Springs villa. That's the fanciest sentence I've ever made. Laura and I are mid-honeymoon and I'm starting to think back to all of the things we've done over the past week. I have a lot of photos and a lot of stories, so I'm going to try to put them all down on this blog, location by location, and as chronologically as I can recall them being.


Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.

Today Laura Miller's Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. (Flatiron Books) hits bookstores everywhere. I love this book not only because it's full of amazing vegan recipes that I'm going to make all summer long and probably into the fall—things like Blackberry Chia Muffins, Watermelon Avocado Salad, and Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese, to name a few—but also because I art directed its interior design. That's not something I get to do very often these days, so the fact that it was such a fun book and [...]



Following up February's #28toMake daily series of creative prompts (which I blogged about here), CreativeLIVE is back with #30DaysofGenius for the month of May. This one is a little less hands-on, but is still surely essential viewing for anybody who's looking to enhance their creative life—whether it's through art or business. Each morning you'll get a new video in your inbox (they're also on YouTube and all the usual social media platforms) that contains an interview between CreativeLIVE [...]


New Review Up at McSweeney’s

As a vegan I'm a huge fan of Field Roast's substitute meat products. I appreciate that they're grain-based and contain no soy. Not a lot of fake meats can say that. Plus, I love that they're from Seattle, my old (and hopefully future) city. I'd say I eat the company's products maybe once per week. That's probably why I woke up in the middle of the night last month and felt compelled to write a review of their Classic Meatloaf—one of my favorite things ever. I'd had a few silly reviews of [...]