A Chronicle of Two Creatives

From Pittsburgh to Paris

To travel is to be uncomfortable. It’s been part of every adventure I’ve taken, but each time, excitement wipes my memory of past discomfort and I end up surprised when every moment of a trip isn’t sipping wine on sun-drenched

Day-Hiking the Dolly Sods

Breakfast for us has always been serious business, and this morning was no different. Maura cracked a few eggs at our secluded car-camping site near Seneca Rocks, and we ate a hearty breakfast from a big Coleman camping stove. Usually

LEGOs as Art? Why You Can’t Miss The Art of the Brick

The first time I read the name Nathan Sawaya was on a press release, re-printed from a forwarded email and placed in my hands. His art exhibition in the Carnegie Science Center was one of the many things I had to cover

There and Back Again: Our Quick Trip to Washington, D.C.

We initially booked our semi-spontaneous trip to Washington, D.C. when we heard the original forecast for the cherry blossom peak. It happened to fall over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, which kicked off Dave’s week-long vacation. What a perfect coincidence! After

Biking on the Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trail

Ego Check

These past few months have been quite an emotional and existential journey. I’ve been struggling with a mystery illness that’s left me exhausted, foggy, tingly, achey, and weak. As much as it’s been difficult physically, it’s been even more challenging

36 Chances: Shooting with the Argus A2B

One notable regret I’ve had from the past few years also came with a lesson. In 2016, my interest in film photography wasn’t just rekindled, it was set ablaze and allowed to become a full-on conflagration. Seeing some part of

Effective Exploration (Part 1): Solo Road Tripping Utah

I have an aversion to the idea of a “stay-cation,” and I tend to meticulously plan my trips down to a day-to-day itinerary. With two weeks off in early Spring 2017, I asked myself what I wanted to accomplish, given

Abandoned PA Turnpike Tunnels

It’s 3am. We rubbed the sleep from our eyes and hesitantly checked the temperature. 27F. Dave and I groaned quietly, but, too stubborn and adventerous to give up on our late-night lightbulb moment, we got up, made coffee & breakfast

Career Coach

Soul on Fire: The Time I Hired a Career Coach

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”   For the majority of my 26 years, I’ve had a goal. In elementary school and middle school, I focused on kicking ass in English, Math, History and

Crate Cooking School’s Sushi Class

Skewer shrimp so they don’t curl when you boil them. Use the bamboo sushi mat to shape, not roll. The difference between maki, nigiri, and sashimi. Rice cookers are amazing. We both look cute in aprons.   When I bought