Before and after the storm

My grandpa died this past weekend. But it was not the one we were expecting. Gordon McKnight passed away on Saturday, just a few months shy of 100. He was an architect, artist, and creative inspiration. Immensely talented, with a contagious smile that can still be seen in my mom and my sister, passed from … Continue reading Before and after the storm

Brain damage: take 3. Enough already!

Two weeks ago, on a fateful Friday night, I was at the office, quietly tending to my work. Carissa and her puppy Teddy were in the next room, and I split my time between actual productive work and repeatedly telling Teddy that he's the most beautiful doggo in the world. As I was packing bags … Continue reading Brain damage: take 3. Enough already!

the things that shape us

This week has been a tough one. Mercury's in retrograde, and the astrology-inclined amongst us would be inclined to blame the planetary alignments for all the current misfortunes. Maybe it's true, who's to say really. But I think more likely is that this life is such a turbulent mix of good and bad, and sometimes … Continue reading the things that shape us

Reflections on a year in Thailand

Exactly one year ago I left my best friend and adopted family in Seattle and ended up alone in an unfamiliar place with no friends, no job, and no idea what I was doing. I was terrified. But 12 months later I have found myself in love with this place I now call home.  I have … Continue reading Reflections on a year in Thailand

The kindness of people

Most of the time, people are kind of assholes. (Forgive my language). I frequently see videos of racist, hateful people spewing profanities at others just because of their skin color; I read news articles about rapists and murderers and corrupt politicians, or school bullies and misogynists, and I think, Wow. People suck. And it's so easy … Continue reading The kindness of people