Category: Writing

  • Yosemite In Fall

    Yosemite In Fall

    In middle to late October the seasonal color historically peaks in the Yosemite Valley. It is an ideal time to visit, especially if you go during the week, as the over-capacity summer season has come to a close. Grateful for national parks but hesitant of overuse, many are considering alternative dates for the family trip.…

  • Of Essays

    Of Essays

    From the Latin, “to test”, the personal essay is of the invention of Montaigne. For how will one know if an idea can hold its own weight, let alone the weight of others, if it is not tested? The free-floating, extemporaneous progression provides both the reader and the writer with examples and extrapolations of the…

  • Into the Highlands of the Mind Let Me Go

    Inscribed in marble, upon architectural design reminiscent of the beginnings of civilization (the Mediterranean) reads a line of an obscure 20th century English poet. “Into the highlands of the mind let me go,” is the paraphrase from William Watson’s poem published in 1917 entitled “Shakespeare”. The State of California Capitol Mall pays homage to its…

  • Rest

    Christmas Day is filled with a multitude of nostalgic sensory triggers; sights, tastes, and scents all bringing to mind childhood and the years past. It’s a time to celebrate abundance by giving to others, to celebrate the contrasts of life: light and dark, heat and cold, fire and snow. The modern lead up to the…

  • The Spirit of California

    The Spirit of California

    “BRING ME MEN TO MATCH MY MOUNTAINS” reads the inscription of the California State Capitol Office Building in Sacramento. The romanesque structure is located in the State Capitol Mall, near the convergence of the American and Sacramento Rivers. As many are familiar with the history, gold was discovered in the foothills east of Sacramento in…

  • On History & Media

    On History & Media

    I’m currently working on the Film Photography item on my Bucket List. By habit, I look at the back of the SLR after each exposure to see a preview of the image, only to remember that it’s a film camera. As a result, I’ve been thinking a lot about how quickly we are able to see…

  • On the Half-Life of Content

    “To be completely cured of newspapers, spend a year reading the previous week’s newspapers.” – Nassim Taleb Half-Life Half-life is the time required for a quantity to reduce to half of its initial value. You may remember from high school chemistry that this concept relates to the elements on the periodic table. A notable stable…