Deciphering Tea Leaves

The fragrance of the teas was overwhelming. Pungent leaves of brown, black and green, speckled with dried fruit and herbs. The leaves had been dried whole and rolled—humbled in their shriveled, preserved state. Comforting scents of dirt and new grass whispering of promises they might keep. If only it would rain. Abruptly, sharp citrus notes…Read more Deciphering Tea Leaves

The Wall

I have the pleasure to announce today that an essay I have written has been published by The Scene and Heard, a beautiful online journal that contains thoughtful reflections on life in the form of art, poetry and creative writing. This is the first time I have been published! I am thrilled! I enjoy reading…Read more The Wall

May Superiority Give Way

I read an incredibly heart-wrenching story in the Atlantic yesterday about the life of a modern-day slave, Eudocia Tomas Pulido. The front-page article was written by, of all people, the son of the family who “owned” her, Alex Tizon. (I have included the link to the article here.) Eudocia or Lola, as she was called…Read more May Superiority Give Way

Packing Light

When you plan a trip to a new place, be it a long or short visit, it is natural to devote most of your attention to the physical things you must take with you: a passport, a smartphone, a visa perhaps, personal documents, prescriptions, glasses, appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes, to name a few. There are…Read more Packing Light

Hidden Worlds

Psssst. I'd like to make a confession. If I had to say it out loud I would only whisper it because it would sound very strange. I identify with mythical creatures. Now your eyebrows are probably raised, wondering what kind of weirdo you have come upon. No, I don’t actually believe in elves, fairies and unicorns (um, not anymore,…Read more Hidden Worlds

The City in the Clouds

In 2008, at age twenty-eight, I quit a reliable desk job, sold my car and most of my possessions, and set out to backpack across Europe alone. Having read so many stories about life-changing walkabouts (Eat, Pray, Love and On the Road, to name a few), I know this is hardly rare, so at the risk of…Read more The City in the Clouds