Home Temporary Home (Rome, Italy)

Pro tip for wanderers: Take advantage of places where your friends are living. Often they will not only give you some insider information about places to visit, but also offer to hook you up with inexpensive (if not completely free) lodging for a few nights. Advanced pro tip: If they are really good friends whoContinue reading “Home Temporary Home (Rome, Italy)”

No RSVP Required

I received an amazing email today: “[Our holiday party] is happening this year. In accordance with Michigan state laws, we are limiting the number of guests outside of our immediate family to zero. […] You are hereby uninvited.” In other words, do not RSVP. Do not BYOB. Please find it in your heart to spread a littleContinue reading “No RSVP Required”

Homeownership

I have no use for you, I saidAnd smashed it on the cementPieces shatteringScatteringUnrecognizable as anything that could haveTaken so much space within mePieces floatingBlowing in the breezeLike cottonwood ~ Hezaasan, (c) 2018 Dug up this old piece in honor of my house being up to its usual stupid-face antics this morning. Water always wins,Continue reading “Homeownership”

Friday Chai Day and Other Joy Generators

Whoever said variety is the spice of life obviously wasn’t very observant. Or maybe they were just stuck in a rut and trying to validate throwing everything into the breeze and starting over from scratch. Or trying to make a few bucks with self-help advice, hustling anyone who would listen: Hey! Hey, you! You wantContinue reading “Friday Chai Day and Other Joy Generators”

Road Trip Rituals: The Shaw Festival

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about touchstone places. You know, the locations that you will go out of your way to make time and space to visit, because they do something to your brain, to your essence. They recharge you. They center you. They fulfill you. So much of my travel is finding newContinue reading “Road Trip Rituals: The Shaw Festival”

My Closed-Captioned Life (or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Zoom)

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an ode to my (dis)ability, so I figured it was time to bring out my ole soapbox and do a bit of barbaric yawping a-top of it. The other day, my college-aged son confessed to me (in a weirdly excited way), “Mom, I think I have your thing. IContinue reading “My Closed-Captioned Life (or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Zoom)”

Jarmusch Junkies (Memphis, TN)

Bizarre things happen late at night. When you’re just walking around aimlessly, not really trying to get anywhere except away from drunken crowds. When you’ve just spent the past three days quoting from your favorite film set in Memphis, Mystery Train by Jim Jarmusch, and have forgotten to even look for the sites that wereContinue reading “Jarmusch Junkies (Memphis, TN)”