RIP, Hotdog.

I love you, Tio. Even though I know we will see each other again, I am not capable of really conceiving of that other world, and the reality that I will never see your smile again in this one is heavy on my heart.

I remember your profile, your smile tipping up your chin and your beard, and I can feel your hand clasping mine as you say, “Hey, you hamburger!” with bright eyes. I never want to forget those nuances, and I replay them again and again to etch them into my memory.

You were the best man I knew, with the most glorious death. You were consistency and faith. Your soul shines so brightly that there is still light reflecting around these parts.

I know you don’t need my prayers to get to heaven, but I’m thinking of you constantly. I’m rereading your emails to me, and my heart aches with your words, which feel so alive and fresh and relevant. Thank you for the insights, the advice, the poetry, the book recommendations, the prayers, the endless compassion and understanding, and the ability to meet those who were nowhere near as evolved as you were. You, your life, is a song.

I began the Challenge meditations today.

I wish I could take you to every thrift store in town.

I love you, Tio. I love you.

Your Hotdog,



I’ve been spending most of my time creating and photographing for my Etsy shop.  It’s been awfully therapeutic (and totally time-consuming) pulling it all together.

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I will continue to write about health-related, far-out topics, but I have transitioned from a period of reflection to a creative, active one, and this blog will probably flow with that in mind.  The archive holds a ton of information on veganism, raw foodism, and other facets of alternative living :].

Prints of my photography and graphic design work are available upon request.  You can view my gallery here.

Protest of the Soul.

We labor unceasingly

to preserve an imaginary existence,

and neglect the real.


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Whatever is true.

whatever is noble,

whatever is right,

whatever is pure,

whatever is lovely,

whatever is admirable-

if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-

think about such things.

Philippians 4:8

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