Good morning, 2014


There was a moment between midnight and 2 a.m., sitting under stars out past Dripping Springs and Henley, when I realized how good things are. The sky clear and revealing all her stars to us. The chill in the air held at bay tenuously by the fire we sat around. There was a fair share…

Day one: Where is 2014 going?


There’s nothing like getting a reminder from the folks at WordPress that your annual stats are ready for viewing. Even though there had been thousands of views for the past 365 days, those views were reading a fallow blog. Ambient Noise has been radio silent. None of that was by design. Instead, 2013 was a…

Thirty-eight and nine


Nine years ago, I drifted into Austin from Kentucky. In my head I thought it would be a two-year gig working as a designer in Texas. That had been my track record since leaving college. Two years, maybe three, in a spot before getting bored and looking for the next adventure. By that point, I’d…