And then there was The Lake. The biggest lake. A lake larger than the seas of faraway lands. A lake so vast you cannot see its end. A lake so powerful you can surf its waves. A lake with its own stories of sunken treasure and shipwrecks. It’s my lake. And it’s so many people’s joy.
Most people don’t think about superheros, bounty hunters, life ambitions, and NPR while scrapping the frost off their car in the wee hours of the morning before work starts. Unless you, like me, happened to listen to This American Life earlier this week. Their retelling of the story of Zora, the real life superhero-turned-cia-agent-turned-bounty-hunter, is what was on my mind.
I have a dark blue umbrella that I never intend to give to friends or family, recycle, or donate. I have a rusty, reliable, old umbrella that has seen the world with me and holds all of my secrets.
“Here—you need this more than me,” is what preceded the bravest, kindest, and possibly stupidest thing I’ve done so far in my life. I was seated next to a young man, 22 or 23 —only two or three years older than I was— on my… Read More
Keep calm and carry on Pack only what you can carry and store or ship the rest. Airports and hostels allow you to store your larger items while you explore the country or city with your smaller backpack or bag. And if you don’t need… Read More
It seems like everyone is traveling to China this past few years – and missing out on all the good stuff. In the summer of 2007 I spent 6 weeks living in Xi’an, China and spent an additional two weeks traveling in Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin,… Read More
The Listening Room Cafe is a small cafe in Franklin, TN; just outside Nashville. I wandered down the main stretch of the historic town of Franklin and my eye was caught by a sign reading “free internet” at a cafe across from a Starbucks. I… Read More