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…

Thank’s, Obama, for the snow day!

It’s March. By this point, even this winter-obsessed girl has begun to tire of the cold. However, I will always say YES to a snow day! I woke up this morning at 5:30am to an alert that school and work were canceled. Maybe I was too excited by the prospect of a definite snow day, but I couldn’t…

Calm and Bright

I live on quite a busy street: cars and trucks rumble by at all hours. They’re my alarm clocks, really. When the horns and engines reach a certain magnitude, it means it’s time to get up and start the day. However, this morning it was curiously calm and quiet. As the minutes ticked by, I figured…

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…

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…