traversing The City

traversing The City

“What we call places are stable locations with unstable converging forces that cannot be delineated either by fences on the ground or by boundaries in the imagination […] And a city is a particular kind of place, perhaps best described as many worlds in one place” -Rebecca Solnit, Infinite City, A San Francisco Atlas- In … Continue reading

Looking at a City

Looking at a City

From the rooftop, we can see the river, floating lazily down a small valley between banks. It is a shining ribbon, gray and murky, but still reflective of buildings rising on either side of it. On one side, the buildings are tall and made of glass. On the other, neighborhoods span grid-like. Tree-lined streets are … Continue reading

Line 75 to the Forest

Line 75 to the Forest

As I braced myself for the 45 minute bus ride from SE Portland to St. John’s, I couldn’t help but think about my time in San Francisco only one year ago, a city that is characterized by¬† hills and electric buses which sometimes appear to be climbing those hills at impossible angles. A couple weeks … Continue reading

infinite cities

infinite cities

Returning to a city you used to inhabit after a few months away is akin to focusing a manual camera- a twisting of the lens that causes the world around you to expand and contract, blur and sharpen, until the truth of the scene is finally revealed. This striving to adjust to rhythms that were … Continue reading

Sacred Places of San Francisco: beyond Chartres

Sacred Places of San Francisco: beyond Chartres

Somehow, through a combination of seeking out and happenstance, I have found myself walking through the opening to a labyrinth at times of uncertainty and transition in my life. These labyrinths have presented themselves in many unique designs, constructed materials, and locations throughout the years- a labyrinth painted onto canvas at a retreat on spirituality … Continue reading