Without ART, the Earth is Just EH

Some of my favorite shots from the past year in no particular order. I love learning  more about photography and working to capture the beauty around me. Enjoy!



Happy 2017!

And…it’s over. 2016 was quite the year. Just like any other year, it had its highs and its lows. But I’d rather focus on the positive – we all know how much negative there is in the world. I was fortunate, and for me personally, it wasn’t bad. In fact, parts of it were really great! In 2016, I lived in India, Alaska, and Mexico. Those are three very different places with very different cultures – which is how I like it. 🙂 At the beginning of the year, I set three goals for myself – two of which I achieved, one where I fell short.

2016 Resolutions

Visit a new country – check. This happened. As far as I’ve traveled, I had never before been to Mexico. I spent a few months this winter checking out the country. It was delightful.

Run 300 miles – check. I hit the 300 mark in September. I trained for and ran the Lake Powell Half Marathon in Arizona in October, and having this deadline certainly helped me hit my goal. And – the signing up for the half inspired a road trip across Arizona and Utah – which was stunning.

Read 50 books – *crickets* Unfortunately, this didn’t happen. My goal was to read a book a week, with two weeks of wiggle room thrown in. I got off to a strong start, until around week 19 or 20. Final count: 27. Part of the problem was definitely my book selections – the first half of the year, I was reading page-turners (list is below). And for some reason, I just couldn’t get into the books I read later in the year. Oh well. Reading 27 books is definitely more than I read the year before!

Resolutions for 2017

I’m really bad with planning and committing, but I think 2017 just may be the year where I settle down and get a place to store my possessions that isn’t my sister’s basement. To encourage me not to impulsively buy an airplane ticket to some far-off corner of the world, I have purchased a mattress and a box spring to be delivered in September. Pennsylvania, here I come. So, Resolution #1: Get an apartment.

A few weeks ago, I visited the Center for Art and Design in San Miguel, which is filled with all kinds of galleries and studios. I got inspired. I’ve ordered my supplies stretch my own canvas, a set of paints, and I’ve started sorting through my photos to get ideas. I’m really excited to crack into my new toys. And any time I think about jobs, my mind wanders to painting. Resolution #2: Sell one painting.

Last year I went from only running a mile or two to running a half marathon. My practice time went well, but when it came to the actual race day, I had some altitude issues and didn’t run as fast as I hoped. I will try again this year at the Salmon Jam in Cordova. Resolution #3: Run a half marathon and beat 2:10.

Despite settling down, I can’t make a resolutions list which doesn’t mention travel. I’ll just tame it back this year. Resolution #4: Visit a new state OR a new country.

And of course, I have to adjust and reset my reading goal. Since I only reached about half of my goal, it seems unrealistic to shoot for 50 again. Suggestions welcome. My list of books I read in 2016 is below. Resolution #5: Read 30 books


Happy 2017! The sun is rising over the corn fields behind my house in the New Year. It’s good to be home 🙂


2016 Book List

  1. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  2. I Was Told There’d Be Cake – Sloane Crosley
  3. Purity – Jonathan Franzen
  4. Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff
  5. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  6. Born to Run – Christopher McDougall
  7. The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson
  8. What I talk about when I talk about running –  Haruki Murakami
  9. The Great Railway Bazaar – Paul Theroux
  10. Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari
  11. A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
  12. Everything I’ve Never Told You – Celest Ng
  13. The Sixth Extinction – Elizabeth Kolbert
  14. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  15. I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai
  16. Notorious RBG – Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
  17. The Sellout – Paul Beatty
  18. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  19. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
  20. The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner
  21. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  22. Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
  23. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  24. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
  25. Wild – Cheryl Strayed
  26. The Creatures That Live at the Absolute Bottom of the Sea – Rosemary McGuire
  27. H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald