Homecoming and Humble Pie

When I started this journey across the country, I had grand plans to “rush slowly,” controlling the impulse to push the speed limit and trying to appreciate even the boring…

Driving through the Desert

My not-quite-a-week in California was hectic and filled with a genuine desire to see all of the people I have missed over the last few years. But as I hit…

Some Love for Eastern Europe

  I attended the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida annual picnic last weekend. When the group’s president asked for Returned Volunteers (RPCVs) to stand based on the region…

Sunshine for Your Soul

The ocean heals, we say. I have had quite a collection of friends come visit me in South Florida either with the conscious intention of healing by the sun and…

Standup Standards

Ever try your hand at standup comedy? Supposedly, it’s the toughest job in the world. Forget about disarming bombs or leading a nation; get up on a stage and try…

Appreciating the Quick Trip

A hardcore traveler sees the nitty-gritty. A true culture lover eats street food and seeks out the holes in the wall. A traveler revered by other self-proclaimed travel lovers packs…

Gaslit and Fuming

I haven’t written a personally emotional entry in a while, but the topic of manipulation gets me so riled up that I am breaking the trend and writing from experience….

Finding a Community Through Theater

We are scattered against the walls of the simple hardwood room, throwing out our lines quickly, and watching one of our fellow actors move enthusiastically across the floor. Passersby peek…