on relationships

“You are born complete, you die complete, and you decide whom you spend your time with in between.”– Colin Wright Over the summer, I read a small but powerful book about relationships, written by a guy I know named Colin. I found a lot of value in his words and really took the book to heart […]

a better cup of coffee

About a year ago, my friend Josh taught me how to make a “proper cup of coffee.” He stays with me whenever he’s in town for a stretch, each time brightening my doorway with his genuine nature and overall contentment with life. And each morning, he would patiently make his cup o’ joe in the shiny red Mr. Coffee maker […]

let’s get cookin’

I read a book earlier this month called Paris in Love, a memoir written by bestselling author Eloisa James who spent a year living in Paris with her family, doing as the Parisians do. And it inspired me to not just live better, but to eat better as well. She described, sometimes in agonizingly delicious detail, many […]

notepad with monogram

resolve + reflect

I know a lot of people who don’t believe in resolutions, but I’m a firm believer in paying attention to our lives and seeking continuous improvement. I self-evaluate because I want to live an intentional life. So twice a year I reflect on where I’ve been and where I need to be. It isn’t something I plan. I don’t […]

six days

Last Wednesday, I lost it. In more ways than one. My accounting software crashed and I lost all of my company files- my inventory, employee payroll, customer list, all sales transactions from the last ten years- all of it was gone. I had been backing up the company files to an external hard drive intermittently, […]

recharge + reconnect

I just ate a filet so tender I cut it with a butter knife. I can honestly say that was the single most incredible meal I’ve ever had in my 37 years on this planet. The heirloom tomato and parmesan confit, the butternut squash soup, the locally raised filet of beef, the chocolate cake covered […]


One of the beautiful things about the 365-day photo project I’ve been working on for the last four months is that it has given me a lot of daily prompts that are open to interpretation, including one from last weekend which was literally just the word “open”. There were a lot of directions I could have […]

on being an artist

For several years I have disputed various accusations that I am an artist. I didn’t feel I fit into that awe-inspiring category of extreme creativity; I didn’t feel worthy of being, by name, in the company of some of the incredible artists I know in this community; and in short, I just didn’t think I had […]


lunch at the shop

A few months ago I decided I wanted to cook more at home, so I made several reconnaisance trips to Home Depot and eventually bought a new gas stove. I had replaced my stove only 18 months prior (after a random incident involving steel art falling onto it and cracking the cooktop) but I was […]

what i learned from a jar of prego

Sometimes you have this happen: You go to the grocery with your son before baseball practice to stock up for the week, and as you’re pushing two small truckloads of groceries across the parking lot, his cart gets stuck in a grate and tips over, spilling and crushing about ten bags of food. Right in the […]