Pack Yourself a Toothbrush Dear

My semester abroad in Ireland started off a little rough. I had an especially good time the previous semester when I was still at my university in New Hampshire—good roommates, good friends, good classes. And while I looked forward to going, I was apprehensive to leave. It was my first time out of the country by myself and I wasn’t all that great with big changes. I was struck by overwhelming homesickness the moment the plane landed. Read More

New Beginnings

Tuesday marked the third day of 2017. I wished a Happy New Year to one of the kids I look after, as it was the first time I had seen him since late December. He immediately told me that it was too late to say that anymore. We were already three days into the year. It wasn’t new anymore. Man, did that put me in my place! Read More

Farewell, 2016.

This is the time of year most perfect for celebrating friends, family, and life itself. I looked back at my New Year’s posts from this time last year, a goodbye to one year and a welcome to the next, and I’m surprised by my optimism. Even though I crossed a few things off my bucket list (!!!) and traveled the world, this year was nothing like I expected it would be. (I mean, did this year somehow just kick everyone’s ass or what?) Now, it is time to say farewell and move on to something, hopefully, better. Read More

Documentary December: Into the Inferno

Once upon a time, my older sister and I watched a lot of random 90’s movies together. One of those was Mick Jackson’s 1997 disaster film, Volcano, in which Tommy Lee Jones’ character tries to save the city of Los Angeles after an earthquake hits and causes the formation of a deadly volcano. For whatever reason, the film’s images of molten lava flowing through the city streets are still clear in my mind. Read More

Documentary December: The Ivory Game

The year I traveled to Spain and Italy over spring break, I purchased two small figurines as souvenirs for myself. One was a colorful mosaic tile elephant, inspired by Antoni Gaudí’s style, from Barcelona and the other, a bright blue Murano glass elephant from Venice. The following summer, I inherited an elephant charm from one of my best friends and hung the beaded strand from my car’s rearview mirror. There was never one particular thing that made me fall in love with elephants. It just happened. Read More

Documentary December: Before the Flood

As a writer, I have always been a huge fan of fiction. There is some truth behind all of those imagined stories though, and while it may be much easier to hide in that make believe, I don’t want to ignore the truth anymore. My ever-growing list of movies to watch has lately been filled with documentaries. I decided to devote some of my time this month to watch some of those documentaries, and to learn. Read More