I TALK TO STRANGERS

I think almost every parent tells their children, “Don’t talk to strangers.” We are taught that strangers are dangerous, can hurt us, abduct us, or worse. That “stranger danger” feeling often follows us into adulthood. I was asked this week how I handle eating alone, traveling alone, being alone. It was an honest inquiry from…

BEACHES

Work has taken me to Florida again.  This time, I planned a trip to the beach as it will likely rain the rest of the week.  I wanted to get some sand between my toes before I dive into work tomorrow. After dinner, I sat on the beach for a glorious hour, listening to waves…

FIGHT LIKE A GIRL, KICK ASS LIKE A WOMAN

I have passed the middle of one of the busiest years of my life. I am tired, for sure, but I’m so grateful to be on this journey.  My travels started in March with a trip to Maui, and with work, I started in May with a trip to Philadelphia, followed by a trip in…

BEACHED, PROPERLY

I’m sitting on a somewhat comfortable couch in a hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas, with football on the tv (muted) and iTunes radio playing some totally incredible jazz. I feel totally relaxed and accomplished, since what I came to Corpus Christi to do for work went really well and I completed my task. One of…

THE REALITY OF VACATIONS

Vacations are a doorway to an alternate reality, at least they are for me.  Vacations are a glimpse of what my life could be like if I could ever woke up and was a (paid) creatively-driven photojournalist or had married a younger, more chiseled (former navy seal or hot photojournalist) clone of Rick Steves or someone who works…

NANOWRIMO AND THE NEW JERSEY WRENCH

About a week ago, I had decided to try to squeeze out a novel in November, as I have done twice in the last five years, for NANOWRIMO. The day after I allowed myself to make that declaration public and start getting excited about it, my boss delivered the news that I needed to travel to…