November 2, 2019

With the Locals: The Bostonians


My fourth day here, I set out early to walk the Freedom Trail. Bill Bagley was sitting in Boston Common under a beautiful tree, reading. The first thing that struck me was how kind his voice was. The second thing that struck me was the soft spot we share for refugees and immigrants. ⠀
Bill is a lawyer in the field of philanthropy; he was preparing to address an organization about funding nonprofit support for programs related to refugee resettlement, migration and development, and humanitarian assistance. "You know, it's just so important to help." ⠀
I couldn't stop thinking about our life-giving conversation and looked him up when I got home. Turns out he's an adjunct professor at BC, spent time at Yale, and of his many degrees, one is from Harvard. ⠀
The third thing that struck me was how genuine and personable he was, even taking the time to ask me, "Now if I may, let me ask you one last question - where were you before?... Oh, well it's gorges!" ⠀
Before we said goodbye, he said, "Well, I hope to see your work in the New York Times one day!" 
You and me both, Bill.

October 16, 2019

Summer in the City

 
Environmental portraits from Washington Square Park.

October 2, 2019

Youth Climate Strike (Boston, MA)

"This is what democracy looks like."
September 20, 2019

September 24, 2019

2ne2 Things (I'd Tell My Younger Self)

To 12 year old Han:

1. The picture's probably not clear to you now and it probably won't be for a while, but that's okay.

2. Emotions aren't inherently bad. In fact, feelings are gifts. Recognize that they may not be truthful, but know that they are real. Feel, mourn, meditate... then move.

3. Eat - without fear, with gratitude.

4. You can't be self-sufficient. You never will be.

5. It's your seas that ebb and flow, not your Rock.

September 8, 2019

Utah Adventures


July 2019 with the best road trip buddy.