[Note: This essay first appeared published on The International Writer’s Blog at Brown University, which you can find here]
It’s Greek To Me
The day before I flew to Greece for a month-long writing residency program, I called my Greek friend to ask for advice.
“It’s summer, the weather is beautiful, you’ll be on the beach. What’s there to know?” he asked. Continue reading “It’s Greek To Me”
(Or less melodramatically known as, “The Day I Swam Alone Around the Peninsula”) There were three beaches in Alyki that we frequented, when we weren’t studiously working on our writing (ahem), called Beach 1, 2, and 3. Our workshop leader introduced us to the beaches in this way, but it took me nearly three weeks to … Continue reading The Day I Almost Died Swimming
I can summarize why I go to Chomp Kitchen and Drinks in Warren, RI in one sentence: THEIR FOOD IS LIKE CRACK COCAINE. I’m not even a burger person*, but I want to eat there every night. I went once on a Sunday, and for the rest of the week, all I did was daydream about going back. … Continue reading Chomp Guide: How to #AttackTheStack
Tomorrow will mark one week since I departed the United States for Greece. I am on the island of Thasos attending a travel and food writing workshop in what could only be considered a love affair between Henry David Thoreau and island life. I had envisioned isolation, relaxation, dedication and focus. And maybe a Greek man offering me a … Continue reading Arriving to Greece
My Love for Fitbits Explained Okay, so I need to back it up for the blog readers who don’t know what a Fitbit is, i.e., my parents, and anyone who’s not as fanatically insane about exercising as I am. The Fitbit is a brand of tracking devices that the government uses to learn about our habits … Continue reading Ode to Fitbit
After posting my last blog, Ten Questions You Shouldn’t Ask a New Mexican, I decided to search for other blogs that had similar themes, such as “Things Only New Mexicans Understand,” “You Know You’re From New Mexico If…”, etc., and there was one reoccurring theme (apart from an obsession with red/green chile). Please observe. Only New Mexicans … Continue reading Why do they call it NEW Mexico?
I’ve always known that there are few people in this world, and in this country, and in the neighboring state of Texas, who do not know anything about New Mexico. Whenever I encounter someone in New England who has been to New Mexico, I’m overjoyed because it means they know where it is! Even my well-meaning, extraordinarily intelligent friends ask questions … Continue reading Ten Questions You Shouldn’t Ask a New Mexican
I am aware that today is Christmas and I should be blogging about something that is Christmas related, but I started writing this entry a month ago and would like to finish. I think of it as a gift unto myself. Tis the season, after all! So, here’s what I started way back when, sort of an … Continue reading Food: A Love Story
I first saw the add for the Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Jack O’Lantern Spectacular in Motif Magazine’s Halloween issue. I was looking up activities for high schoolers (as part of my job), and when I did a Google search to find out more details, I found THE COOLEST PICTURES EVER IN THE WORLD. I’ve always had … Continue reading The Coolest Pumpkin Display You’ll Ever See
Please note: I stumbled upon this while looking for a writing sample, so the sentiment is not the result of any current angst. But maybe there are ladies in this world who can appreciate it. Sorry, dudes. An Homage to Welty I just don’t understand them. They roam around the earth as if they own … Continue reading Fiction: A Prayer for Men