I have lived in Austin since 1995, with a three-year stint in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in East Austin since 2004. My favorite places to visit are the Davis Mountains and Chinati Hot Springs in West Texas, the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, and the California coast. The qualities of home that I appreciate most are comfort, tidiness, quiet, good natural light, fresh air, and an overall feeling of warmth. When traveling, I equally enjoy camping and staying in old historic hotels, depending on my destination. Photo by Leon Alesi.