Front Doors in Cartagena’s Downtown

Front Doors in Cartagena’s Downtown

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Americas, Colombia, Photography | One Comment

For awhile, I’ve been wanting to photograph some of the homes scattered along the narrow streets in Cartagena’s downtown neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are usually quiet–just beyond the bustling tourist attractions and restaurants. Filled with bright colors, peeling paint, intricate architectural details, overgrown plants and people with somewhere to go…   -Text and photography by Sarah Shaw @ www.mappingwords.com.

From Korea to Colombia: an illustration of my cell phones

From Korea to Colombia: an illustration of my cell phones

When I was a child, my family had an old fashioned rotary phone connected to the wall by a curly cord. The numbers were arranged in a circle, and in order to call someone, you had to spin each one to a fixed stop position. I can still picture my mother, with her post-eighties perm, hurriedly twisting […]

May and June: an assortment of novels

May and June: an assortment of novels

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Book Reviews | 2 Comments

I’ve reached the middle of my 52 book challenge, and at 33 books, I’m well ahead of schedule. (I’ll attribute that to my newfound love of graphic novels.) I’ve exposed myself to a plethora of new authors and subjects, including the assortment of novels below. This collection is somewhat obscure; the only commonality among them is the fact that […]

Summer Reading: 5 graphic novels

Summer Reading: 5 graphic novels

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Book Reviews | No Comments

Welcome to my latest obsession: the graphic novel. I’ve realized that the combination of illustrations and text to tell a story is not only reserved for superheroes, children and fantasy. Lately I’ve been reading a selection of (mostly) non-fiction graphic novels, intended for adults. Not only are these stories interesting, entertaining and well-rendered, but they’ve inspired […]

The House of Animals

The House of Animals

            -Text and illustrations by Sarah Shaw @ www.mappingwords.com. All rights reserved.

Integration vs. Polo Shirts

Integration vs. Polo Shirts

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Americas, Colombia, Living Abroad, Musings | 2 Comments

I hate polo shirts. Polo shirts remind me of soggy french fries floating in dirty dishwater mixed with hamburger grease and crusted hot fudge. They remind me of running around with plastic baskets of chicken fingers, wearing chunky black non-slip shoes with M&Ms shoved in the cracks of the soles. When I started working at Friendly’s, I was […]