Val in Real Life

Turning Misfortune into Opportunity: A Photographic Journey

Each April I return to the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont for the spring photography workshop led by the fabulous Bill Lea.¬†While it’s largely a family reunion for me […]


Postcards from Real Life: Inspiration and Friendship

I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it is to be in the Great Smoky mountains again after two anxious weeks of park closures. I’m back at the Great […]


Postcards from Real Life: Getting Lost

Earlier this week, my buddy Steve shared his moment of getting lost in the pursuit of finding himself. Steve’s story resonated with me because I’ve had a few of those […]


Guest Post: Lost in the Dark at Crater Lake

Dear readers, help me welcome a special guest blogger to Val in Real Life. You might recognize Steve Zigler as a Friend of Camp Granola and today’s post is brought […]


Postcards from Real Life: Longing

This was the view I was denied at Great Sand Dunes. It’s kind of a rite of passage at the dunes, to make it all the way to the top. […]


Time to Get Your Tremont On…

In just a few short weeks I will again set off to the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont for the Autumn Brilliance Workshop with Will Clay. My thoughts… Just […]


Real Life Connections: The Tremont Workshop Junkies

This addition to Real Life Connections is actually a collection of people. But, as a collective, they’ve greatly impacted yours truly and totally qualify for inclusion. And yes, it has […]


Autumn Brilliance at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

So what seems like an eternity ago but what was really only a few months, I got a little uber-mommy time. That’s right, I got to spend a glorious long […]

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