This was my home — Reflections on the Valley Fire

Small things take on great significance in hindsight. For Labor Day weekend, I headed up to my parents’ home to decompress. I was one week into the new semester and should have sequestered myself in a back room with my books — but I couldn’t. My calendar for the imminent
Read More…


Interplay and observation at Symbiosis Gathering, a photo essay

Over the weekend of Sept. 17-20, the 10th anniversary of Symbiosis Gathering served as an epic conclusion of the West Coast “transformational” festival summer circuit. The festival grounds were set on a peninsula at the Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale, allowing festival goers to escape the sweltering heat of the day
Read More…


Love in another language

“I’ve been wondering if it is truly possible to have a relationship with someone to whom I can’t fully express myself, nor whom I completely understand,” I wrote in my journal March 22, two months into my study abroad experience in Santiago, Chile, and two weeks into dating el chico.
Read More…