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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Images from Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai.

Packing For…

Welcoming 2014 with yet another exciting journey.  I am off to China traveling with Gettysburg College’s Wind Symphony! For the next two weeks, I’ll touring Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai as well as documenting symphony interactions with Chinese music students.  It seems like a lifetime ago I was a recent undergrad skipping my way around Shanghai with a group of UNC students.  I have SO many great memories of China and I can’t wait to see what this return visit brings.  We’ll wrap the tour with a short trip to Singapore.  Please note during this time I will have more limited access to email and voicemail.

Here’s to 2014! Happy New Years y’all!

All the Apples

And I keep hearing from the cellar bin
The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
- Robert Frost, After Apple-Picking

New Digs

On the heels of our move to apple country, I’ve taken on a new opportunity to become part of a wonderful little college just down the road – Gettysburg College.  In the whirlwind of all the new endeavors so far this year, this is certainly not one I would have planned for myself, but that is just how life is.  I am so happy to be part of a new creative team in my area and really look forward to telling some amazing stories from campus and beyond.  Fun note – the building that I work in (pictured below) served as a makeshift hospital for wounded during the civil war.

Barely a full week into my new job, I got to participate in commencement.  It was an experience that brought me back to my own college days – seeing so many students filled with the ambition to be successful in this world.  It was just the right way to kick off my own new chapter.


I hiked a hill, photographed the farm, and smiled a lot last weekend.  Apple blossoms have that affect on people.