1 Second Everyday for 2020! This was a horrific, sad, and uncertain year for mankind collectively, but a not-terrible year for me personally. I ran over 100 miles, swam with manatees, saw over a dozen waterfalls, got more tan and freckled than I have in years, almost drowned, sold the house, bought a new car, […]
What makes the Bamboo Forest so special to me is that it feels like a hidden gem within Atlanta. I hiked the East Palisades Trail by myself a couple times after my pre-op appointments and it is truly one of the better nature preserves in the area. There are some steep portions of the hike, […]
November was a tough month, but I took time to work on myself and I’m grateful for a lot of things. I spent a long weekend cuddling animals, eating THREE Thanksgiving dinners and too much dessert (I am most thankful for good friends dropping off food to me!). This was also my first year picking […]
September 2017 The hospital was founded in 1842 as the Georgia State Lunatic, Idiot, and Epileptic Asylum. But, like Satan, it went by several names during its long history. The facility had grown into the largest mental hospital in the world by the 1960s and quality declined as patient numbers swelled. Rumors spread of mistreatment […]
This is a mash-up of two visits to Georgia’s longest and (maybe?) most picturesque covered bridge. Like Cloudland, this is a spot I repeatedly end up in times of major self-doubt, confusion, loss, or heartbreak. Most recently, I made it out there in time to see a gloomy sunset and let my brain empty out […]
July 2017 Known as “The Happiest Place in Pennsylvania,” Randy Gilson’s Pittsburgh home and public landmark really is a mood-lifting rainbow. The courtyard is packed with recycled art treasure. It’s that rare type of art that succeeds at being for everyone while still feeling deeply special.
2020, 2018, 2016 A striking granite monument on a lonely hill in Elberton. I like to think of the Guidestones as my state’s own Doomsday Stonehenge, and it felt like a fine time to revisit them. I drove out into a clear, black-skied pre-dawn to catch the sunrise. As the light started to creep in, […]
November 2017 Was cleaning off my phone and there are so many fun memories with Erin before she moved to Prague. Here we are in newspaper dresses for Flagpole Magazine’s 30th Birthday Variety Show. I think our styles sum us up well. Erin is carefree and confident; she always finishes what she starts. I get […]
It feels like fall is in its last gasp ahead of a gloomy winter. Even with the naked trees, it is a gorgeous (sorry-not-sorry) view walking the rim right after sunrise (I still haven’t made it down to the gorge floor, one day!).
September 2020 This 27-ton boulder was once able to move if someone pressed it, but it no longer shakes. There’s a trail through the park and what appears to be an active bouldering group, but I think you mostly go to see these granite outcroppings.