The Girl in the Turquoise Shirt

When I was in high school I spent a week in Tijuana, Mexico building houses for poor people. That trip changed me. Or more precisely, one little girl in a turquoise shirt did. My boyfriend’s church group was going over spring break and they needed more volunteers, preferably who could speak Spanish. I volunteered. Admittedly,Continue reading “The Girl in the Turquoise Shirt”

It’s Always Sunny Above the Clouds

It’s always sunny above the clouds. That’s my first thought when taking off through the fog and gray, at the moment when blinding light bursts through the haze into the infinitely blue sky above. I love that it works both literally and figuratively, and it sets my travel mood to introspection. Perspective is a wonderful andContinue reading “It’s Always Sunny Above the Clouds”

Who Am I?

The other day while I was reading Harry Potter to my son I got a text from a friend I haven’t spoken to in years. It occurred to me that while my life has been a linear series of adventures and experiences to me, to my son, I am an entity that began seven yearsContinue reading “Who Am I?”

No Place Is Home

Since I graduated high school I have lived on four continents. I’ve lived in houses, apartments, condos and a tour bus. I have traveled for school, for work and for fun. I have not spent more than two consecutive years in any one abode. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. But the resultContinue reading “No Place Is Home”

Curating Life: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

My friend Rio is a curator of life. He is one of those rare individuals who facilitate adventures otherwise left undreamed, bringing people together who would likely never meet. Like a hummingbird he flits around the world, collecting friends, ideas and experiences to share as he goes. I don’t normally enjoy groups—being on the introvertedContinue reading “Curating Life: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico”

Plan Everything, Expect Nothing

Ah, the wonderful unreliability of travel. I am the kind of person who makes lists, does research, plans things and is generally a fan or order. And yet I love to travel and create. These things are not always symbiotic. Maybe because I’m a Gemini or maybe because I’m a creative gypsy I carry bothContinue reading “Plan Everything, Expect Nothing”

THE TROUBLE WITH SHOULD

By the time we learn to read, we’ve already internalized a whole host of social rules telling us what we SHOULD and SHOULDN’T do in order to be accepted in society. But I recently had an epiphany: the only thing I should do is to unlearn those rules. According to society, in our late teens and earlyContinue reading “THE TROUBLE WITH SHOULD”

A NOVEL MUSIC TOUR: The Wrap-Up

1 Novelist Wife 1 Musician Husband 1 Toddler 1 RV 5 months, 55 cities. This is A NOVEL MUSIC TOUR. Featuring our cross-country family adventure, summed up in a 15 minute mini-movie. Thank you for all your support along the way!

The Girl (Not) From Ipanema

A couple months ago my brother asked me if I’d like to go to Brazil. I said yes. I’ve made a point of saying yes to opportunity and this seemed like an easy choice. Who doesn’t want to go to Rio? My husband, son and I had just finished A Novel Music Tour and myContinue reading “The Girl (Not) From Ipanema”

Fast Draft and Other Madness

In grad school my thesis supervisor called me an “economical writer.” I took it to heart, interpreting it as a nice way of saying I never met my assigned word count. Through novel writing, I have learned that it was a compliment, not an insult. And yet, despite being wrong, I retained the ability toContinue reading “Fast Draft and Other Madness”