• Free & Frugal ParisAn insider's guide to the City of Light
  • China Explorer: A Travel Guide
  • Bed and Breakfast on a French Farm
  • Morning Ceremony: Zhiyuan Temple
  • The Unsung Museums of Paris
Free & Frugal Paris1 China Explorer: A Travel Guide2 Bed and Breakfast on a French Farm3 Morning Ceremony: Zhiyuan Temple4 The Unsung Museums of Paris5
Banner Slider jQuery by WOWSlider.com v2.5m

Best Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park

Posted in Outdoors on July 29th, 2016 by christofino – Be the first to comment

Sky Pond, Rocky Mountain National ParkSweltering in the summer heat and no beach in sight? You know what that means. It’s time to head up to Colorado’s high country.

read more »

Hot off the press: Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks guide

Posted in Books, Outdoors on April 8th, 2016 by christofino – Be the first to comment

Without a doubt, one of my all-time favorite projects was working on this national parks guide to one of the most beautiful corners of the globe. Excited to finally see it in print – and just in time for the NPS centennial!

If you’ve yet to be inducted into the Utah fan club, it won’t take much: this is a state where labyrinthine canyons, red-rock spires, moonlit desert arches and slickrock playgrounds reign. It doesn’t matter if you’re a couch potato or hardcore thrill-seeker equipped with a GoPro. Grab a bike, rope or paddle and get out there and have fun!


Posted in Poems on March 29th, 2016 by christofino – Be the first to comment

Dreamer, your midnight river
is only navigable in an old
leaking canoe, a torch mounted
to the bow, casting shadows
across the fathomless surface
fluid ribbon of darkened waters.

read more »


Posted in Comics on March 2nd, 2016 by christofino – Be the first to comment

Introducing the new family comic strip, Paleodog.


Elevator Music

Posted in Poems on January 21st, 2016 by christofino – Be the first to comment

If there is a passage
that leads to the stars
then to open the door
music is the key.

read more »


Posted in Poems on January 4th, 2016 by christofino – Be the first to comment

It was midnight when we saw
the solitary buck
parading down the suburban sidewalk
his crown of antlers reflecting
the pale moonlight,
head held high, as majestic as a king
deposed, in a realm unworthy
of such grace.

Waiting Room

Posted in Poems on November 30th, 2015 by christofino – Be the first to comment

Watching the wind grab the snow
with bunched fists
and scatter it across the lapis sky
above the distant ridgeline
it’s like the breath of some god
made manifest before our eyes.

And indeed, the breath of some god
is what we are all waiting for
here, in the hospital,
where the chemo patients sit
in armchairs looking out
through giant windows
at nature’s cruel majesty,
which is cell by undying cell
gradually doing them in.

read more »

Lonely Planet Kids: The Travel Book

Posted in Books on November 7th, 2015 by christofino – Be the first to comment

Did you know that Myanmar’s snub-nosed monkey sneezes every time it rains? That the British Navy defended the Somalian coastline from pirates by blasting Britney Spears? That the, ahem, Mongolian death worm allegedly kills its prey with electric shocks that shoot out of its eyes? This was one editing project where I constantly had at least one child looking over my shoulder, and the entire family is very excited to now see it in print!

If you’ve got a child who loves learning about the world (or is perhaps studying for an upcoming Geo Bee), grab a copy and read up on all those fascinating facts about our planet’s 196 countries.

Traveling in the Mountains (Du Mu)

Posted in China, Poems on October 8th, 2015 by christofino – Be the first to comment

A rocky path twists through the mountain’s chill
clouds gather and part
revealing distant homes.

I stop the cart amid twilit maple trees
frosted leaves glittering more red
than any of spring’s
most brilliant blooms. read more »

Lake Merritt Blues

Posted in Music on September 28th, 2015 by christofino – 1 Comment

An ode to Oakland’s tidal lagoon.
From the 609 Central analog archives; featuring Munson Wu on the rhythm sticks.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.