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Severance: Leaving My Shoes Along the Trail, Part 1

I admit to a conflicted relationship with Big Sur, the vast and sparsely inhabited coastal region immediately south of Carmel, California. It is a land of dramatic hillsides and cliffs meeting the sea, a narrow winding highway (often closed for rockslides, or undriveable due to thick fog), an untamed wilderness. As the rugged and raw threshold

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In the Realm of Falcons: A New Year’s Hike

I knew the trail would be crowded on New Year’s Day but I went regardless. After a quiet morning at my studio, ensconced in the southerly window seat, watching a calm blue sea through the ornate framework of tangled cypresses, a cup of tea beside me and a book on my lap, I decided that

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