Pay It Forward

This one is for all the Go Girl waitresses out there. I’ve come across some good reads about waitress horror stories or “waitmares” as I’ve heard other servers call them. But…

I want it all and I want it now!

It’s funny how traveling extensively around the country you live in can reshape the way in which you view your very own home. It’s like rediscovering your roots. I remember…

Let’s Get Naked, Grandma!

Have you ever been scrubbed down by a Korean grandma–someone else’s Korean grandma? I have, and it was delightful. Perfectly painful, yet peaceful at the same time. Of course, the…

Connecticut Is My Heart

At a party last night, during introductions to friends of friends, someone asked, “Where are you from?” – a pretty standard getting to know you question. When I answered, “Connecticut,”…

Ghosts of Birthdays Past

Celebrating birthdays in a new place can lead to a host of emotions—enthusiasm, joy, freedom, anxiety, or even nostalgia. This year, it was yet another reminder of how much can…

A Woman on the Road

Walk­ing down a noisy Oak­land, California street on my way to do some writ­ing at a cof­fee shop, I heard a woman weep­ing as she stum­bled on the other side…

A Time-Out From the Road

“Do you have the patience to wait ‘til your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving ‘til the right action arises by itself? The master doesn’t…