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August 2, 2016 , 5 Comments

Way back in December, when I was rushing through the process of returning to American life and giving up my Spanish student visa … and life as an expat … […]

It’s a Beautiful Life

February 24, 2016 , 2 Comments

It’s a mild evening in Las Vegas. Hot, by winter standards if you don’t have desert (or jungle) blood. The sun has already begun its desce ...

This Roller Coaster

January 27, 2016 , 4 Comments

I stand over my sheet cake from the grocery store. Clad in an oversized sweatshirt with puffy paint splattered on it in pastel colors, I move my gel-s ...

Home: Las Vegas

January 5, 2016 , 6 Comments

Home: Las Vegas. It hits me when the sky gives way from black to a sea of glittering, golden lights. Some 20,000 feet below me is the Mojave Desert, w ...

  • 2013: Life-changing moments as an expat
    December 12, 2013 , 28 Comments

    “Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes/Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear/ Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes/How do you measure, measure a year?” — RENT, Jonathan Larson [ ...

  • Goodbye, Prius
    June 25, 2013 , 8 Comments

    She sits in the lot at CarMax, her dark gray exterior even darker against the overcast winter sky in Maryland. I blink back tears, then head inside to sign her [...]

  • On the open road …
    June 14, 2012 , 16 Comments

    It’s dark, but above me I can hear the pitter patter of little feet on the floor. Little voices delighting in the morning. I roll over. It’s too early. I’m [...]

  • The price of becoming an expat
    May 25, 2012 , 32 Comments

      Curled up in my lap, light blue eyes heavy with sleep, Jagger barely whispers to me, “will you bring my back a coconut to drink from?” I fight tears [...]

  • The time I quit my job again
    May 24, 2012 , 22 Comments

    I have no intention of  quitting my job so soon after returning from Red Mountain Resort. Except, the words from the shaman and my reiki practitioner echo in my ears: [...]

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