the witching hour in rome

the witching hour in rome

it’s 5 o’clock in the morning, looking out our apartment window at the uniform shutters of the neighboring apartment building, my new favorite architectural element, bathed in streetlamp light that has an ancient glow to it – i can’t tell if i’m imagining the antiquity or i’ve been primed because it’s rome, casting a shadow […]

First Day in Rome

The neat grid of streets that characterizes many american cities makes it difficult to lose yourself, and one of my favorite reasons to travel is to do exactly that. With that in mind I left my hostel this morning with a map, compass, wallet, phrasebook, and water and left behind any notion of an agenda. […]



When time is not an issue, I typically book the cheapest ticket from A > B. I actually quite like being in transit, as it feels like a private time when nobody can expect to reach you and the world expects nothing of you. Anything that you accomplish is a bonus. That being said, this […]

shanghai – summer twentyfifteen

shanghai – summer twentyfifteen

weston’s voracious blogging about shanghai has put my wordlessness to shame.  as someone who isn’t typically short on opinions, thoughts, or anything related to words, my relative silence has been giving me pause.  it was incredibly fun to see this city (my city) through his fresh eyes full of awe and excitement – in fact, i got the […]

Last Day in Shanghai

Joyce and her parents in a hammock we installed for them in their beautiful backyard.

I’ve just traversed the vast majority of Shanghai’s International Airport by foot in an effort to find WiFi. While it may seem ridiculous to wander both floors of both terminals just to get wired, I am at the start of a 10 hour stay here at PVG. Joyce has informed me numerous times this week […]

Night (and day) out in Shanghai

Joyce and Weston at Yuan Gardens in Shanghai

Have you ever been trapped in a room and unable to get out until you solved a Rubik’s Cube? Well, that is how the night ended, but in order to solidify my memory of rest of the day, I need to trace back to the beginning. The day began with a subway ride spent listening […]

Biking Around Shanghai

A sloppy watercolor of Pudong, Shanghai. What an incredible skyline!

Last week I locked my trusty bicycle in a storage unit already looking forward to when I would ride it next. I didn’t imagine that just a week later Joyce and I would be touring  the streets of downtown Shanghai by bike. Early Tuesday morning Joyce and I took the subway downtown and met her […]

Visit to Yellow Mountain

A charcoal experiment of a scene in Could Valley.

We got an early start and drove through the countryside in the beautiful morning light. Rounding a corner we saw a desperate woman yelling at us from the shoulder of the highway. Joyce’s father pulled over and an apparent peril gave way to a sales pitch for restaurants and hotels up the way. As soon […]

Shanghai: First Impressions

It is the morning of my third day in Shanghai and with jet lag safely behind me I’ve started thinking about some of my first impressions of the city “upon the sea”. As I left Seattle the primary item at the forefront of my mind was getting to see Joyce after three months apart. I neared my […]

first words

first words

the pasture i’m going out to clean the pasture spring; i’ll only stop to rake the leaves away (and wait to watch the water clear, i may): i sha’n’t be gone long. – you come too. i’m going out to fetch the little calf that’s standing by the mother. it’s so young it totters when […]