Our Incredible Planet

“The earth is what we all have in common.”
-Wendell Berry

I’ve traveled many places and seen many cultures around the world, and the one thing that always inspires and at times perplexes me is how we are all connected by the earth we live on.  Growing up in the southwestern United States, I was used to open spaces with a unique mix of orange desert sand and hillsides of mountains covered with pine trees.  I was always eager to venture to the city and feel its bustling energy and variety of culture and people.  Eventually, I was able to experience what I wanted by traveling to cities like London, Shanghai, Milan, and Paris.  Although I still love visiting a city, I began to wish for a moment in the wide open spaces I had grown up in.  Encompassed by the clouds of pollution while visiting China and recalling the skyscrapers and flashing billboards of Times Square in New York City, I often wondered if the planet would soon become one giant city of smog with advertisements of franchises and corporations.  Cities can give us great opportunity, but I find my creativity and inspiration can flourish just as much in the natural beauty of the outdoors.  If you don’t understand what I mean, take a look at these photos from my travels around the world to inspire you to enjoy and preserve nature for future generations: Continue Reading ›

In the Ruins

One of my first calls to adventures began in a cold, dark, brick building adjacent to the Catholic Church I attended. Performing with my classmates from a small private secular school, Discovery School, I was excited to have my first leading role, as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha. I felt the urgency build as my co-star stormed the worn carpet waving his hand in the air, “My name is Don Quixote, my destiny calls and I must go.” Watching the blanket of clouds scatter as the sunlight breaks through in Machu Picchu, I wonder if historian Hiram Bingham heard destiny call as he made his way through the thick jungles of Peru in 1911 hoping to find the ruins of Vilcabamba. As Bingham forged through the steep mountains and shrubbery he unexpectedly discovered what has recently been named a new Wonder of the World: Machu Picchu.  On the last leg of our tour, my family and I find wonder in this spectacle and the nearby ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.  Climbing through the ruins I stop to catch my breath as I calm the swelling and pain beginning to form in my chest, but it doesn’t stop me from heading upwards. Don Quixote never let setbacks stop him from seeking his dreams, and neither will I. Continue Reading ›