The Heart of the City

The heart of every community in Ghana is its market. In Accra (the capitol), the main marketplace is this cavernous, sprawling maze of life and activity and color and chaos and HEAT. My first time there, I’d had no idea what to expect, I’d simply gotten into a cab and been told we were heading to the ‘heart…

A Hike Up Purple Point

I’m looking back through photos from my summer in Stehekin, photos I took and then forgot about. Amazing how these were just a few of the thousand beautiful things I saw. Beauty that just exists and is ours to go and have, if we want. This kind of beauty fills you up, from your toenails to…

Autumn in the Alpine

Fall is long behind us. We’re thinking about the cold months ahead, snow and slush and getting back to the gym. Resolving to eat more fruit and put more into our savings…. and get all caught up with our blogs. Which brings me back to writing about my fall. After my contract at the Stehekin Valley…

Journaling in the North Cascades

Journal posts from a summer working in one of the most remote locations in the lower 48. This summer I lived and worked in Stehekin, a tiny community in the lower North Cascades National Park. What with there being no cell service, barely functional internet, and definitely no TV, I had plenty of time to…

A Little Summer Poem

Little Summer Poem Touching the Subject of Faith (by Mary Oliver) Every summer I listen and look under the sun’s brass and even into the moonlight, but I can’t hear anything, I can’t see anything — not the pale roots digging down, nor the green stalks muscling up, nor the leaves deepening their damp pleats,…

The Root of the Root

At the summer’s beginning, I was incredibly excited to blog about living ‘off the grid’ in the North Cascades. I hoped to document a simple existence in the woods, but quickly found out that such an existence made blogging– surprise!– quite difficult. After my first couple of weeks working at the North Cascades Lodge, the satellite internet…