At first I blamed the chimi crawl, three Dominican hamburger-sandwiches I’d eaten on Saturday night for the sake of a magazine article. They tasted very good, but shortly after eating them I experienced acute and severe stomach pain, and three days later it still hadn’t completely subsided. On Tuesday afternoon, my still present, low-grade stomach … Continue reading “So Long, and Thanks for All the Cheese!” – parting words from my appendix
Sometime around July or early August of this year, I had the thought: “At least this year I won’t be alone for Thanksgiving.” As I’ve mentioned in previous Thanksgiving Day blogs, Thanksgiving isn’t an elaborate holiday for my family. For the last decade or so, my parents have gone to Colorado Springs, where they eat … Continue reading The Art of Solo Thanksgiving
I started to compose this blog on January 4th, as part of my annual tradition, and in the three weeks since I drafted the opening paragraph, I: I ended up in the ER. had to close my bank account because someone was creating fraudulent checks. found out a very special person passed away at the … Continue reading The Year of the New Decade
(wait for it…) Yes, wait. The saying is true. Good things are happening and I think it’s time for my blog to get a facelift. I’m sensing a change—not just my address or current country (although that will be changing soon enough), but in the energy of the universe. This will be the summer of … Continue reading Good Things Come To Those Who….
I have been reading a book called Textbook, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and it’s an interactive book. The “Text” part of Textbook has dual meaning: one of the unique aspects of the book is that it’s there are moments when you can text phrases and receive texts in return; there are also pages you can tear out to give to … Continue reading My Purple Flower Moment
For me, and–dare I say–for many others, 2016 was a year of change. I once saw something that appealed to the word nerd in me. It said, “You must go through challenge to find change.” Maybe some of us have already made it through the middle (or the “lle”) of our challenge, or maybe it’s … Continue reading Top 16 of 2016
I blinked, and suddenly it was October 31st, Halloween, and the first year I can remember in which I’ve not dressed up or attended a single party. This has always been one of my favorite holidays…I guess you can say it’s like a part of me has died*. So as I sit here in pajamas at 8:30 p.m. on … Continue reading Five Truly Scary Realizations About Being 30
I thought this day would never come. I sit here writing on the ferry from Athens to Naxos, having returned, finally, to the country that changed my life. Eleven months ago when I returned from Greece, I felt like part of me was missing. It was if a piece of my soul remained on the … Continue reading Return to Greece
I have a story for you. Two days ago I received a gift, an early Christmas present, before I headed home for the holidays. It was a book called Big Magic, and it was written by Elizabeth Gilbert. Now, for those of you who don’t know the history of my blog, it used to be … Continue reading An Encounter With Big Magic
[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”