Guest Post: Tuscany’s Hidden Gem by Michela Ricciarelli

I had the great pleasure of visiting the magical Tuscan city of Pistoia in March when I traveled there with renowned Pistoian photographer Luca Bracali. Michela Ricciarelli is lucky enough to also claim the charming Medieval town as her birthplace — and who better than a passionate local to provide authentic insight, photos and travel tips. Thank you, Michela! Pistoia, Tuscany’s Hidden Gem: More than … Continue reading Guest Post: Tuscany’s Hidden Gem by Michela Ricciarelli

A Learning Weekend in SanFran: More than Just Pretty Images

Thanks to California photographer Jan Sears for the opportunity to share his recent post about a Magnum Photography workshop we both attended in San Francisco. It was a fantastic experience. Great write-up, Jan! I’ll continue on the SanFran theme in the days to come with some information about the Photofairs festival also going on during my visit, as well as come city experiences. “Those of … Continue reading A Learning Weekend in SanFran: More than Just Pretty Images

A Different Sort of Hunting Tale

My friend Roger Phillips, a talented writer and avid outdoorsman who lives, hunts, and rambles about in Idado, USA, shared an amazing personal story with me recently. I loved it so much that I asked for permission to post it here and thankfully he said yes. Enjoy! Curiosity and the Cat by Roger Phillips A gust of wind rippled the tan grass and exposed the … Continue reading A Different Sort of Hunting Tale

Inspired: A Conversation with Award-Winning Indian Poet Vinita Agrawal

I recently had the distinct honor of getting to know the work of internationally acclaimed Indian poet Vinita Agrawal. She graciously agreed to an international-style interview, in English here and translated into French by Paris-based arts & culture blogger Pravesh Bhurtha, founder of Bollywood Sources, whose mission it is to promote Indian cinema, arts & culture in France. See the French-language version HERE: http://bollywoodfilm.over-blog.com/2016/09/interview-vinita-agrawal-poete.html Thank … Continue reading Inspired: A Conversation with Award-Winning Indian Poet Vinita Agrawal

A Matter of Light

In his collection of essays, “What Light Can Do,” former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Hass writes that our lost attention to “light,” to what is before us in terms of grace and understanding in the smallest of moments, is a tragedy with huge impacts on the collective and individual psyche. I agree and put together a small album called “A Matter … Continue reading A Matter of Light

If You Wish to Make A Pie from Scratch

I’m making blackberry pies this morning and reminded of a poem I wrote last summer. If You Wish To Make a Pie from Scratch, You Must First Invent the Universe Sunday morning, and I’m picking wild blackberries for a pie with my son. He’s seventeen now, big hands thick and rough as paws, yet gentle, deft around the thorns. We glean fruit along the path … Continue reading If You Wish to Make A Pie from Scratch

Inspired Natives: New Fashion Exhibit Turning Heads and Breaking Stereotypes

Walking by the Portland, Oregon USA Art Museum (PAM) recently, I had to stop to take in the gorgeous panel images advertising a new exhibit, Native Fashion Now. After reading that the show is a one-of-a-kind traveling exhibition that will be leaving Portland in September for upcoming runs in Oklahoma and NYC, I pitched the story to 1859 Magazine and was lucky enough to get … Continue reading Inspired Natives: New Fashion Exhibit Turning Heads and Breaking Stereotypes

Make Rejection Your Goal

I have an essay out in the latest issue of River Teeth Literary Journal. The piece, “Dark Secrets of Mother Trees,” reminds me that when it comes to writing, it’s important to slow down and let the words come. And to let the science of the world transform itself into art and poetry. And to be okay with rejection. This essay wasn’t picked up on … Continue reading Make Rejection Your Goal