Fight

Though I am not so very old, I’ve already witnessed several events that I knew would later become the pages of a history book: the horrors of September 11th 2001; Hurricane Katrina’s devastating effects on New Orleans in 2005, the monumental election of the US’s first (only?) black president in 2008, that awful day when Russia invaded Ukraine and took…

The reality is messier and richer

Go up 15th street, Make a left, and you’ll meet: The White House. It’s smaller than you might expect. Yet, it never fails to demand respect, With its grand columns and that bright coat of paint. It’s more than a house, more than a building. It’s an idea. It’s an icon. It’s a symbol of…

Another year in numbers (and words)

  Another year, another 12 months of crazy life lived: On numbers: 207 (approx) hours or 8.63 days spent in transit in airports or on airplanes 200+ hours of yoga in 2 months of teacher training 29 inches of snow in 1 DC snowstorm 18 different airports 7 (ish) books read for pleasure (Pitiful! Although I will…

Look around

“Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now.” This past election day I was up past 1am. Normally, if I’m up that late it’s for one of two reasons: I’m having way too much fun, or I’ve got way too much homework. This time, it was because I had…

Purpose and passion

One of my most beloved childhood memories is the sound of the piano, sighing me sweetly to sleep as my mother practiced in the living room after my brother and I had been put to bed. The scene of babes drifting off to sleep as their mother strikes the chords of lullabies on the family piano, makes the…

How a Swing Set Explains the World

My big Soviet block housing building in Sosnivka opened onto a large courtyard. It was snow covered in winter, verdant spring, sun drenched in summer, and copper-coloured with turning leaves in the autumn. If I stood on my crumbling concrete balcony (which didn’t do often: I was always nervous it would fall straight off the…

A year in numbers

Here are just a few: 119 Students attending our biggest week at Camp Galileo this past summer 38 New recipes written down in my cookbook 27th Birthday celebrated 24ish inches of hair cut off 23 Blog posts 22 Sections of English classes taught at the Lycee Edouard Herriot high school in Troyes, France each two…

Reflections

Just about two years ago, I completed my Peace Corps service in Ukraine. It’s amazing to me that it’s been so long! How is it that it was more than 48 months ago that I was living in Sosnivka, teaching English, and living off smetana and pelmeni? I’m getting too old I guess…time is beginning…

What you can learn by standing on your head

I was once asked: What would be the first line of your autobiography? This was my answer: “She always said that learning to do a free-standing headstand was one of her life’s biggest accomplishments: it took dedication, hard work, patience, and balance.” It might seem silly, but it’s totally true. Lessons learned from yoga, like…

Castle on a Cloud

I’ve lived in multiple countries, but in the United States, I’ve only ever been a Californian. Today that changes. Today I’m saying goodbye (again) to California as this United flight takes me 2400 miles away from SF to DC. And although Washington DC is not a different country, it will certainly feel like a different…

The Sunshine Award Post

If you haven’t already gathered by now, I’ve moved back stateside from France. And one thing that I will always associate with a move back to the States from any other country is an upswing in the level of busyness. No other country I’ve lived in requires such a constant stream of commitments, heavy work loads, and…

Coffee and Kayaking: Sweden Part II

There is a very long list of cities in which I’d someday love to live. San Francisco is high on that list. So are Seattle, Portland, and Chicago. There are plenty of international locations, too. I could grow used to drinking sweet mint tea in Marrakech, pints of Guinness in Dublin, or café au lait…