Green and the City

“A city’s environment is shaped not only by people who have an important influence, but by everyone who lives and works there.”

-Robert Cowan

As a supporter and advocate for the environment, some people assume that my only desire is to live in a tiny house somewhere remote and live off the land, or build a home completely off the grid.  Don’t get me wrong, both ideas have crossed my mind, but I find I definitely crave city life and in my current status returning to southern Utah, I miss being in a city.  After living in Salt Lake City and Chicago temporarily, you’d think I would feel disdain for urban life and wish I could escape, but in reality it is just the opposite.  I’m still undecided as to whether or not I want to reside in a city or escape to the country, but one thing remains true, it is possible to find green in a city, and I’m not referring to money.  Living sustainably, respecting the environment and finding greenery in a city are absolutely possible.  How?  To see what I mean, take a look at a collection of my photos from visits to cities that know how to get their green on. Continue Reading ›

A Galaxy Far, Far Away . . .

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . OK, well maybe not a galaxy, but a few states away in Utah, a girl fell in love with the story of a sci-fi hero and his band of loyal friends on a journey of self-discovery and success in saving the universe of tyranny. Like many others before me, I found the magic of Star Wars and my admiration didn’t stop at the movies. I read numerous books that were sequels and continuations of the story beyond the movies. I researched all of the details behind the scenes and even played Star Wars Trivial Pursuit with any willing participant. It came as no surprise to my family and friends that my date and I dressed up as Princess Leia and Han Solo for the high school Sadie Hawkins dance. So, how did I feel when I learned about the Smithsonian Institute’s Traveling Exhibit of Star Wars costumes? I’m sure it’s only an experience and feeling my dad could understand if the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series. Luckily, my cousin and fellow Star Wars enthusiast, Keony, joins me and my cousins Eric and Jasmine on a trip to a distant galaxy from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition display “Star Wars and the Power of Costume” at the EMP Museum. Continue Reading ›

My Personal Tour of Seattle

Skyline 2 (L)What’s the best part of having family and friends move to another place? Being able to visit them and experience a new area. Sure, having a place to rest your head and have an occasional home-cooked meal is great, but what better way to get the sense of another city than with a local? I found this to be the case when visiting my cousin Eric and his family and my friend Shanna in Seattle. Not only did I get to explore with people who live in the area, but I got a personalized tour of Seattle. So, if you’re looking at Seattle as your next destination, wander with me on a personalized tour of this Pacific Northwest city. Continue Reading ›