My Recent Work

Travel Smart: 8 Phone Hacks to Add to Your Packing List

T​ravel Smart: 8 Smartphone Essentials to Add to Your Packing List

F​or better or worse, most travelers these days end up depending heavily on smartphone technology to get around. This past year, I visited many countries.

Each place offered unique gains and unique challenges. Whether traveling by plane, boat, or motorcycle, I relied on my Smart Phone resources for support.

I​’ve compiled a list of my most-used smartphone tools and tips on how to make the most of them:

8 Smartphone Essentials

Traveling to Tucson?

10 experiences you don’t want to miss!

On my first visit to Tucson, I stayed a month. I was very quickly impressed with the views, the food, and the endless opportunities for good hikes. Once I discovered how underrated it was, I knew I’d return to it time and time again — I have!

Here are 10 of my favorite Tucson Recommendations:
• Treat yourself to a scenic drive up Mount Lemmon

Tucson is really spread out. If you are flying in, I recommend renting a car (or motorcycle if that strikes your

5 Great Thai Restaurants to Try in St. Paul, MN

5 Great Thai Restaurants to Try in St. Paul, MN

I can remember reluctantly walking away from the Thai Sunday Market in St. Louis Park, MN one rainy summer weekend in 2021, still treating my tongue to the last remnant of peanut sauce from a spring roll on my upper lip, toying with the new string “blessing” a local Monk secured to my wrist. The memory was embedded with importance as the evening I decided that I would put in my notice at work, pack up a couple of suitcases, and get on a plane to S

Remembering Holy Water

A poetic reflection of deconstructed faith in the age of religious nationalism.

in the Kingdom of Heaven on Saturday nights at

It was real to me at First Covenant Church On 7th street

that winter all of the city’s shelters were at maximum capacity.

Never once did the pastor preach prejudice from the pulpit

where we ate together.

a refugee from the middle east had washed my feet

who was as fully God as I was one hundred percent human being.

That is who I read Jesus was and what he did to

7 Fun Ideas for a Week in Red Wing, MN

Located just an hour and a half south of St. Paul on back roads, or 45 minutes on the highway, the city of Red Wing, MN offers Twin Cities residents an easy and affordable getaway. It is close enough for an overnight and far enough for a whole weekend to feel a real change of pace. With the turn of the season already here, busy Midwesterners like myself may well enjoy looking toward a short trip “out of town,” before the colors turn and the last of the leaves fall.

This Great River Road Nationa

As I Go: First Solo Moto Trip to Chiang Rai

If I had to single out one new phrase to encapsulate my trip to Chiang Rai and back it would be:

ฉันไม่ชินกับสิ่งนี้ (which I cannot read, either);

“I’m not used to this.”

I’m Not Used to this

Living as a foreigner is doing magnificent work augmenting realizations of my limited worldly awareness. I am nearly constantly encountering a word, a space, a food, a sound, a smell, a route, an idea, a norm, a way of doing life that is unknown to me.

It is truly an adventure and an incredible remind