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Of Grasshoppers and Ants: A Farewell

As summer winds down, I’ve got just one question: Where did the whole thing go? When my graduate classes let out in early May, not to resume until the end [...]

The Heart of the Subject

As a photographer, I am always “putting myself out there” in terms of sharing my creative vision and documenting the way I see the world. It’s a risk to be vulnerable like [...]

Birds Remind Me

I’ve noticed that birds are always chirping, but that the noise I choose to hear often blocks out their sounds. While riding my bike to work this morning, my mind [...]

The Magic of Playgrounds

There is something magical about playgrounds. The sheer image of swings and slides and merry-go-rounds is enough for us to shrink into the three-foot-tall version of ourselves. It’s sweet to [...]

Play, Power, and the Clown as Shaman

Play fascinated me so much that I designed a master’s degree focused on it.  It is an essential component to human existence. There are a plethora of theories on its [...]

Heal Your Inner Child – Let It Out To Play!

In 2011, I was pondering what I wanted to devote a year of my life studying and researching to finally produce a master’s thesis. For some reason, the topic of [...]

It Began With a Portrait

While visiting my home state of Illinois in 2009, I drove to our rural family farm to spend the day with my 97 year old paternal Grandfather.  We passed the [...]

Life Above Pennybacker Bridge

I like helping people find their voice and grow their brands online. My goals and passions revolve around this mission. It’s been an amazing journey – but like any mission [...]

When I Grow Up

“When I grow up, I want to be a motivational speaker.” That’s what I told my psychotherapist during our first session, kind of shocked she’d even ask me such a [...]

Homeward

One of my greatest fears is being lost. That’s hard to admit for someone who loves to explore. Frankly, getting lost rarely happens. It seems that I always have access [...]

Meet the Leapers

In 2012, more than 200 people took a leap to change their lives or their community.
Read their stories and be inspired to attempt your own.