Taste of San Miguel

One of our best-loved things about traveling to so many different places has been experiencing the culinary delights available in each one. We've been thoroughly enjoying Mexican cuisine ever since we first arrived in this festive country a couple of weeks ago, and it's certainly one of our favorites! So, we thought we'd look into savoring a food tour while we're here, and we enjo... Read More

Northwestern Delights

As you may recall, when we left Paris in July, we were headed to Seattle for a much anticipated visit with our Grandma Alli. Along the way, we flew through the Calgary airport, where many of the senior citizen employees were dressed in cowboy attire and welcomed us with a lively musical performance, complete wit... Read More

6 Tips for Taking Great Photos

In the past 5 years, I've traveled to over 30 countries, which has brought a constant opportunity to practice photography in unique settings. What started out as an attempt to document our journey as a family keepsake, has become an engaging and artful hobby that I love to indulge in. Having taken tens of thousands of photos, I can see how my skill has improved with time. And whi... Read More

To all the Mormons – I’m Sorry

It's hard to know what to say when starting an apology. But I'm feeling a kind of tugging sorrow in my heart for the pain I've caused my LDS family and friends, and likely many others I've never met. If you feel you've been affected negatively by something I've written, said, or done over the years, then please accept my sincere apology. This post is for you. When I chose to leave the church, I... Read More

Living Your Life Purpose

"It’s messing people up, this social pressure to 'find your passion' and 'know what it is you want to do'. It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This isn’t sad, it... Read More

Fun with Music

We've really enjoyed having a couple months to settle here in Victoria, BC. One thing we've all appreciated having more time for is music. The day after we arrived, I rented a piano keyboard from a local music store, and finished putting out recordings of some new pieces I started writing back in Bali. These involve piano, as well as my voice, and other ambient sounds. Have a listen below, or... Read More

My Journey with Ayahuasca

Over my birthday this year, while the family was in Ronda, Spain, I took a train to Madrid for a 3-day retreat where an Amazonian plant mixture called ayahuasca was used to facilitate gre... Read More

My Solo Trip and Silent Retreat

I don't know about you, but there are a lot of thoughts swimming around in my head, and sometimes I get really tired of the inner noise. It's easy for me to get caught up in preparing for the future, reliving the past, or the constant chatter of labeling and critiquing everything in my present experience. Sometimes, I wish the voice in my head would just shut up and let me have some peace and q... Read More

Creating Home in Bali

We're enjoying Bali more now than ever. Last year, we were quite ready to leave when I wrote about what we love about Ubud and what we feel is lacking here. But lately, many of those lacks have been filled. From finishing a year-long remodel project, to finding several wonderful classes and friends for our girls, to connecting even mo... Read More

How I Cured My Irritable Bowel Syndrome

After struggling with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) for over five years now, and trying every method I could to heal it, I think I've finally found a permanent cure! I've written about IBS before, and some of the tests, diets, and methods I've tried. And I've had a few periods of reduced symptoms that have lasted up to 3-4 ... Read More
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