USA

Crowds in Manhattan's Times Square.

One for All

“Operation Be a Better Human” is officially in effect. Of late, I’ve been on a mission to better engage with my own species here in Gotham. As a city dweller living in the midst of scores of people, I could easily and often make small and beautiful connections with so […]

Fumbling Toward Happiness

Fumbling Toward Happiness

The morning I moved into my current apartment, I awoke at my West Village sublet and wandered into the kitchen to make tea. As I gazed out the window, I saw a nude guy casually meandering around his roof deck, mere yards from my perch. As if that weren’t enough […]

A room with a view

I Remember Who I Am

I believed for a while that the most difficult decision I’d ever make in this life, and the most courage I’d dare exhibit were ensconced in the choice to give it “all” up and travel around the world. I had not, it’s now quite clear, taken into consideration my journey […]

Standing on a corner in Winslow, AZ

A Corner, a Crater, Big Bunnies, 1 Flatbed Truck & Me

“But our trip was different. It was a classic affirmation of everything right and true and decent in the national character. It was a gross, physical salute to the fantastic possibilities of life in this country – but only for those with true grit. And we were chock full of […]

Fare-Thee-Well, World: I’m Coming to America

Fare-Thee-Well, World: I’m Coming to America

It’s unbelievable to me, but by the time this post publishes, I will be back in the United States and starting the 3-week-long cross country road trip that will get me home. I’ll have spent my final night in a foreign hotel in Auckland, NZ, and truthfully, it’s surreal. I […]

To Build a Home: A Traveler’s Guide to Place, Self & Sweeping

To Build a Home: A Traveler’s Guide to Place, Self & Sweeping

I took out a broom and swept the floors of my beach bungalow in Vietnam yesterday. It was the first time I’d done any real manner of cleaning in 2+ months – the gift, I suppose, of living out of hotels and guesthouses. And yes, I’m still staying at a […]