las vértebras enormes de los Andes

Cordillera de los Andes between Mendoza, Argentina and Santiago, Chile (x) In my country we have a long tradition of running west. The slight problem with this is that there is always more west to run to, and so we stretch our maps. We have a hunger for big sky and rocky grandeur. But thenContinue reading “las vértebras enormes de los Andes”

the saints Catherine

Photo via my friend Amanda, 2 February 2014 My parents say they called me Catherine because it’s a classic, the name of many saints and queens, the kind of name that never goes out of style. But of course in our churches a baptismal name is also a point of entry into tradition, uniting aContinue reading “the saints Catherine”

not in temples made with hands

I don’t remember how old I was or the context or who was with me or why we drove two hours west into the inverted sky, but the first time I saw Luray Caverns I knew there were things I’d never understand. There’s a psalm for how I felt and a diagnosis too. It wasn’tContinue reading “not in temples made with hands”


On my third day in Bilbao, another girl from the US who was traveling with friends asked if anyone knew where the kitchen was in our hostel. When I pointed her in the right direction, she flushed red. “I didn’t know you spoke English!” she blurted, probably remembering the personal details she’d discussed with ourContinue reading “roaming”

For me, the third place comes first.

The other day my friend Ivan linked me to this on Twitter after I wondered about the evolution of the café, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. So let me tell y’all about a little something called third place theory. The third place is a social space outside of homeContinue reading “For me, the third place comes first.”

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