Just to get by...

I am a student of images. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, and even architecture help me find my place in this world and allow me to further revel in its beauty, share in its anguish, and find peace in the silence that is offered.It was the artistic mediums of film and photography that drew me to Rwanda, first in 2005 and then eight years later when deciding on a thesis topic for graduate school....more

Surrounding Myself with Beauty, Because It's Important

My grandmother is in her late eighties and still uses Facebook. Her comments are sometimes cryptic and often off-base, bless her heart, but at least she's participating. The other day she commented on a photo, "Jess your life is filled with so much beauty." I laughed, thinking "if only you saw my house and self right now." Then I was looking through some old pictures and realized that she's right, and it's not unintentional....more

Heading to PA for Nature and Spiritual Rest

Friday we are setting out for our woodland summer cottage on a small lake in PA. The cabin is right next to the water and we see lots of wildlife. Every night, we canoe to the wild end of the lake and see a bold eagle pair that have nested there for 7 years. We also see beaver and a Great Blue Heron, turtles and deer. Occasionally, we see the black bear and cubs. We keep a good distance from her. It is a place of spiritual renewal, rest and wellness. I will also continue to work at marketing my book, Enfolded in Silence/A Story in Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma in Childhood....more

Travel Photos of Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry

Are you a huge fan of science? Does learning about how things work get your creative mind flowing? Piano Man’s really taken to learning about science in school, such as learning the states of matter (solid, liquid, and gas), so we decided to take our boys to visit Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. We spent about five hours at the museum, and we could have stayed for another five more. The experience was that good....more

Fly in Style: 10 Airport Fashion Must-Haves

(Image credit: pinterest.com/pin/294493263105227076/)So your bags are packed, and you’re all dressed up and ready to head out of town. If you do so frequently, you would know that looking good when going from airport to airport and hotel to hotel helps you create a lasting impression on those you meet. Travelling uncomfortably for long hours can make you look sluggish. But there is absolutely no reason to look like a slob when you get on that plane. It is possible for comfort and fashion to have a perfect marriage....more

Going Under the Andaman Sea

This trip to the Andaman Sea off Thailand and Myanmar was just a few months ago, but I LOVE the photos. I just....love them!  I'm putting unusual sea life photos on this photo entry. Enjoy your trip under the sea!...more

Best Neighborhood/Trails to Run and Watch Weird People In & Around DC

This time of year in Florida is so miserably hot and humid, I can't even tell you. No really. Before you're allowed to move away, the Florida Board of Tourism makes you swear on space shuttle Atlantis' grave not to tell how hot and humid it is there. You're also not supposed to tell anyone there is really no such thing as winter, spring or fall, so you didn't hear it from me. I don't want the tourism Mafia blowing up my Rav 4. ...more
I love the C&O Canal! There's a little spot where you can go off trail and see a kayak course, ...more

THE EXPAT'S GUIDE: 6 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE MOVING ABROAD

This weekend marks my two-year anniversary in London. There have been highs, lows, sunny times, and lots of literal grey times, but overall I wouldn't change the experience of being an expat for anything.Before I moved here, I assumed that moving abroad and living in London would be a very similar experience to living in New York, which I did for five years before I moved to the U.K....more