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Santa Barbara, Ca

I'm a full-time rambler and contract designer with as many skill sets in my quiver as there are plane tickets in my passbook. I've worked in ornamental iron, jigsaw puzzle design, bookmaking, glass engraving, and a variety of other mediums. I'm currently living out of a backpack as I trek my way around the world.

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I Went to Ireland to Find My Roots and Discovered I'm Canadian (with Candice Walsh)

Zak Erving

Photo credit: Scott Sporleder, MatadorU faculty

Photo credit: Scott Sporleder, MatadorU faculty

I've been a little quiet on Sparkpunk for the last few weeks—not because I've lost interest in the website, but as I approached my one-year anniversary on Tuesday, I thought a lot about the energy and emphasis of each piece, and I'd decided to pare it down to one of two things: either an aesthetic feat (like Travel Candy), or a more longwinded piece that explores the raw, beautiful heart of travel.

This piece from Candice Walsh popped up on my RSS feed during a time I was contemplating this re-focus most, and as I read her quiet narrative I could sense the fire within: the struggle with ambiguity, with not-knowing, seems to be a default setting for real travelers. But the way she expresses hope amidst this—even at her worst—is a story for all of us.