I am an explorer, currently working as a design professional, living in Seattle, Washington.
My exploring has lead me to focus on designing and facilitating thoughtful experiences to fulfill needs and wants. I've had the opportunity to collaborate with many talented people through different roles in order to better understand this thing called life.
I enjoy conversing cordially about design, business, life, beauty, and virtue.
"I cannot understand why you should wish to leave this beautiful country and go back to the dry, gray place you call Kansas."
"That is because you have no brains," answered the girl. "No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home."
The Scarecrow sighed."Of course I cannot understand it," he said. "If your heads were stuffed with straw, like mine, you would probably all live in beautiful places, and then Kansas would have no people at all. It is fortunate for Kansas that you have brains."
- Dorothy & The Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz
"There being no direct route to Savannah from Charleston, I followed a zigzagging course that took me through the tidal flatlands of the South Carolina low country. As I approached Savannah, the road narrowed to a two-lane blacktop shaded by tall trees. There was an occasional produce stand by the side of the road and a few cottages set into the foliage, but nothing resembling urban sprawl. The voice on the radio informed me that I had entered a zone called the Coastal Empire."
- John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
"He was born in the summer of his 27th year; Coming home to a place he'd never been before; He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again; You might say he found a key for every door.
When he first came to the mountains his life was far away; On the road and hanging by a song; But the string's already broken and he doesn't really care; It keeps changing fast and it don't last for long.
But the Colorado rocky mountain high; I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky; The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullabye; Rocky mountain high - Colorado…"
- John Denver, Rocky Mountain High
"To some extent, Seattle remains a frontier metropolis, a place where people can experiment with their lives, and change and grow and make things happen."
"The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy."
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters from Prison