Nonfiction Stories

Tomato Tea - Eleven Madison Park

August 14th, 2021 · Nonfiction | Food

I'm adventurous, but I’m not the type of person that needs to try everything.Cat cafe in Japan? I’m good (not a cat person, sorry). Run for public office? No thanks. Stag night in the red light district? That literally sounds like a living hell. But there are...

Roots and Green Shoots (Leg 5)

August 6th, 2021 · Nonfiction | Travel

Lightning struck near our house, the storm’s roar shaking the warped hardwood floorboards beneath my feet. Birds and bees that were busy moments earlier disappeared. For a few heartbeats, the air was still. Then raindrops fell from the sky—slowly at first, but with increasing density as the clouds darkened...

The Young Man and the Sea (Leg 4)

July 25th, 2021 · Nonfiction | Travel

I slipped my feet into my running shoes and tied them with a double knot. Skutull knew what that meant—either he was going to be left home to guard the house or he was about to do something fun. He looked up at me with pitiful eyes and a wagging tail, hoping he could will the latter into fruition. To his relief, I opened the front door and signaled him out into the Oregon forest where we were greeted by a cloud of fir spores blowing from the trees. The scents of pine and melon danced up my nose...

The Golden Coast (Leg 3)

July 20th, 2021 · Nonfiction | Travel

We were cruising down the most northern stretch of California 101 before entering Oregon. Our day began encumbered by light fog and rain, but it burnt off by lunch time, giving us clear views of the shores below. The cliffs alongside us dropped into the ocean and rocky crags jutted from the sea in the distance...

Spicy Santa Fe (Leg 2)

June 19th, 2021 · Nonfiction | Travel

As we drove down the bumpy freeway toward Santa Fe, an old Subaru hatchback with custom side skirts and a rear spoiler zoomed past us, it’s exhaust pipe sputtering off into the distance. The words of my grandpa echoed in my head. ”There...

Dolores, Dolores (Leg 1)

June 3rd, 2021 · Nonfiction | Travel

Most people were surprised to learn that the first stop of our indefinite travels was Dolores, Colorado. Dolores doesn’t have ski resorts, beaches, cultural entertainment, or any of the other amenities most people seek when they travel...

The First Step Is to Start

May 26th, 2021 · Nonfiction | Travel

Well, we did it. We officially sold our house and embarked on an adventure of indefinite travel. From the outside, it might look like we made this decision suddenly and are jumping in head first. Or perhaps that covid shook us awake from a life we were droning through without living. The reality is much more deliberate...

Answering the Call

May 13th, 2021 · Nonfiction

I’m typing on my mechanical keyboard with the dense Oregon forest as my backdrop. It’s early morning, just after sunrise. I’ve spent some time writing, but mostly I’ve been thinking… Planning.

Hello World

April 26th, 2021 · Nonfiction

Every blog has a "Hello World" article, so here's mine! I'm still working through the details for how I'll organize this site, but I'm planning to publish a mix of fiction and nonfictional stories.