culture

#MeToo

I was alone in my best friend’s room, sitting at the end of her bed, putting on my shoes.  My mother was on her way to pick me up after a day of visiting.  My friend’s mother’s fiance entered the room and sat beside me on the bed.  He was 30-something.  I was 13.  He grabbed hold of me… Read More #MeToo

travel

Why Travel?

“Why are you going to Arizona?” my classmate sneered.  “It’s not even warm there.” A week-long break from the mean girls of high school would have been reason enough. And while the desert air was certainly cool in the February mornings and evenings, the afternoons were comfortably warm for exploring the Grand Canyon, riding horses,… Read More Why Travel?

food, travel

BlogHer17 in Orlando

The fountain’s white spray shot up from the blue lake and sparkled against the green trees behind the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.  The setting sun broke through the low light-grey clouds in patches of reddish orange.  The air felt warm and blanket-y on my bare arms after hours in the air-conditioned meeting space behind me.… Read More BlogHer17 in Orlando

home

Surviving a Home Disaster

You never really know quite what to expect when you return home from travel, but when I came back to my parents’ house (three pounds lighter!) from New Orleans, on what would have been my father’s 75th birthday, I sure wasn’t expecting this: I ran down to the basement to get the plumber’s emergency number… Read More Surviving a Home Disaster