Whether it be birthdays, baptisms, holidays, or anniversaries, gift-giving is an inherently present aspect of our lives. One does not need much, if anything at all, to offer a gift to someone else. It can come in the form of a token, a compliment, a favor, or even something as simple as a smile.
As an instrument of human creation, music has an uncanny ability to express an emotion, capture a moment, and even define a whole time period of one’s life.
A stiflingly dry heat permeates in the Yosemite Valley air, as the aroma of Christmas exudes from the conifer resin of the trees nearby. Pickup trucks and four-door sedans alike, crunch and grind their tires through the gravel parking lot, kicking up a cloud of gray dust in their wake. Beside the lifted trunk of [...]
A quiet murmur resonates across the water, carried by a brisk, invigorating breeze. There’s a bubbling excitement in the air, one generated by the long-awaited release of spring from Father Winter’s icy grasp. Pedestrians walk by shoulder-to-shoulder, overtaking the frustrated drivers left honking in the stagnant, congested road nearby. Couples both young and old caress [...]
Last summer, I bought a book of poetry. It was an impulse-buy, I admit, from a dainty, quaint little bookshop in the small town of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. I was running errands for a freelance project that day and originally had no intentions of going to a bookstore. But as I walked along the sidewalk, [...]
An Evergreen Reclamation
A cool forest air rolls through the windows of my Ford Escape as it slowly eases to a stop. The soft breeze continues on, caressing the treetops of Allegheny National Forest in western Pennsylvania and offering a brief respite from the heavy heat of summer humidity. Several cars rest idly by in the parking lot, [...]
Somewhere Along the Way
The trunk door of my Ford Escape slams shut, packed full of everything I had to my name. Walking back around the car, I climb into the driver’s seat and close the door. While wispy clouds of icy exhalation permeate inside with every breath, I start the ignition and take off down the road. Despite [...]
The State of Neutrality
Twisting and turning up a mountain road, you climb steadily through a sea of towering pines and evergreens. Above the tree canopies, the clouds take on a soft, underbelly glow of a dawning new day. In a quite literal race against time, you take each bend in the mountain road as quickly as you can, [...]
Do you ever surprise yourself sometimes? Like when you look back on a decision you made and after it's all said and done, you can’t help but wonder, “Did I really just do that?” It’s typically the kind of decision you make on a whim with zero expectations, except for to take whatever comes next [...]
The Stories I Swore I’d Never Tell
The sun beams down from a cloudy blue sky in the lush-green Ecuadorian mountains. You’re in an outdoor market with simple wooden carts lined along either side of the road. It seems with every step another small, elderly woman greets you with a gentle, “Buenos días ,” and a sun-kissed smile. Under the canopy of [...]