One year ago today, I landed at Logan Airport in Boston, still drunk on Tokyo, 13 hours with Japan Airlines, Natalie Portman in The Black Swan, twentysomething hours without sleep and a glass or two of wine. I fell comfortably into the arms of my family; the young children — who had not been told [...]
I returned to Seoul two weeks ago, but my mind is still planted firmly in Massachusetts. That’s why it was a little bit like Christmas morning to pick up my latest batch of film from the lab, which included these photos from the day Mr. Ferry came to Rockport. We did not eat ice cream, [...]
I’m writing from Terminal A of Logan Airport, where I am waiting to board my flight to Seoul. I think it goes without saying that my summer has been of the stupendous variety, and I find myself — for the first time in four years — not wanting to go back. Not even a little [...]
In the late 1950s, my grandparents began a yearly tradition of renting a small cottage on the Cape Cod National Seashore, escaping New Jersey’s heavy summer humidity for a few weeks on the open Atlantic shore. Each year, they would bring my father and his younger siblings until they began to move away to start [...]
By the middle of August, after a couple weeks of traveling, I found myself in Washington DC at the home of my cousin Heather and her husband Phillip. It had been an obscenely long time since we’d seen one another, thanks to internet’s ruse in keeping people well-connected. But there we sat, finally, with daiquiris [...]
On my second day in New York, after an early morning walk across the Brooklyn Bridge with my dad (something he’d never done despite growing up in and around New York), I met my friend Corey in Chinatown for an afternoon of cameras and pavement pounding and catching up.
New York, bestill my road-weary heart. Each time I’m in New York, my stay is punctuated with a loud, exclamatory Yes!
I’ve been on the road for the last few weeks, visiting good friends and family from coast to coast. August kicked off in Southern California, where there was good eating, good laughing and good loving. I shot a lot of film while I was there, breaking in the Konica Instant Press and breaking out the [...]
We’ve been having fantastic beach weather this summer on the North Shore, and it’s been the kind with piercing blue skies. My favorite time of day to hit the beach is late in the afternoon, when most people are starting to pack up and head home. The sun is more golden, the water is warmer, [...]
Perhaps a bit too easy. These are days that roll into one another and back out again, just like the tide. A weekend begins as a blank slate, with no fixed plans, yet by Sunday evening ends with pink noses, salty hair, sandy ankles, bellies full, beach time and picnic time, an endless parade of [...]
For me, summer doesn’t begin until that first fried clam plate. And if I happen to be landlocked in a city
Madelyne is my little bookworm. It is a quality I admire in an individual, especially a seven-year-old. She was prodded repeatedly to “put down the book and join the conversation,”
Sometimes you really don’t know what you have had until it’s 6800 miles and 13 time zones away. Thanks to jet lag, I’ve been wide awake at 5:30 or 6 am every morning since I’ve been home. The weather so far has been outstanding, so I’ve been itching to get out and down to the [...]
Some days you wake up and just feel like being a tourist. More often than not, I like to feel my way into a place when I’m traveling. I’m not all that keen on sights and would always prefer to get the leisurely first hand tour from a local. Secret coffeeshops and favorite walking spots, [...]
In case I forgot to mention, Okinawa is not just white sand beaches and green forest and turquoise water and volcanic rock. It’s also bicycles and edible children and cute cafés and talking elevators and a vending machine on every corner just like the rest of Japan.
I don’t have a lot of words, but I do have a lot of pictures. Listen, all this relaxing is positively exhausting. I have to go swimming. I have to lay in the sand. I have to make vodka tonics for everyone at 5pm. I have to read. My nose is deep in the Copper [...]
Today was another brilliant blue sky day here in Okinawa, even moreso than yesterday.
I will be honest. There has not been a whole lot of sunshine here in Okinawa since my arrival. The island is at the tailend of its rainy season, so while there’s been plenty of cloudporn and the occasional downpour, the sun and blue sky have kept their appearances to a minimum. But I knew [...]
Having grown up on the ocean, I am often amazed at how easy it is to slip into the comfort of silence. From an early age, I was trained in the art of sitting together quietly, listening to the wind and the waves, lazily watching the water breathe and the sun sink into the horizon. [...]
Tomorrow morning I am heading back to the place where my heart thumps deeper than anywhere: Japan. This trip will be a bit different.
No discussion of Singapore would be complete without talking about the food. As diverse as the people themselves, the food in Singapore is a vast array of Indian, Malaysian, Indonesian, and Chinese cuisine, with a sprinkling of colonial England. Coconuts, curries, spicy rice dishes, duck, satay, fish ball noodles and fresh fruits are just a [...]
Since Seoul has refused to cooperate this year, and winter has refused to release its icy deathgrip, I’m going to take a lesson from my mother and do some forcing. Every year around this time,
I’ve been in Singapore for nearly a month now, but you’d hardly know it if you’ve been visiting these pages. I wish my absence was due to lazying about in hammocks under palm fronds, munching on papaya slices and sipping Singapore Slings from tall glasses. But I’m afraid there’s been far too much work and [...]
I love lists. I always have. So while enjoying a perfectly simple holiday-birthday weekend, I was quietly concocting a way of sharing some of my favorite bits of the last year. A Little Miss Year in Pictures, if you will. And then the Queen of List-Making, the irreplaceable Andrea, made this list. And it made [...]