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Orangutans share 97% of the same DNA and genetics as humans; but our commonalities won’t protect their precarious futures. With only 60,000 orangutans left in the wild, the sad reality […]

A Silver Lining


A few weeks ago, I entered my photo essay on the Guilin Chinese fishermen to the World Nomads Scholarship competition. Thousands of people entered with the grand prize winning a […]

A Friend in the Avatar Forest


I returned from hiking Zhangjiajie with swollen knees and all I wanted was some ibuprofen and a cold beer. I settled into the one foot tall chair on the hotel […]

“Letting Tradition Live” Photo Submission


Attached is my full photo submission to the World Nomads Travel Photography Contest, with the winner receiving a paid for trip to Myanmar under the study of acclaimed photographer, Richard […]

Running Down a Dream


Over the past year, I’ve been considering what it would take to combine my passions into a different career path. A job in a helping field, in a place where […]

Halloween Tree


A heavy fog rolled through and it felt as if we were in a dream. Visibility worsened as a silent field of tombstones appeared around the bend. As we got […]

The Runner


Do you have that one friend that is truly inspiring? I was hiking on the Towpath in Cuyahoga Valley a few weeks back when a jogger raced by and all […]

Along the Towpath Trail

The Architect


Hard to think of many places that capture your imagination more than the iconic Fallingwater, designed by America’s most famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Fallingwater was built in 1936 in […]

Amish Country


Coffee cup full, music blaring, these type of mini road trips give my brain a jolt. The Amish countryside on a crisp winter day, I scan the horizon for a […]