• Vacation, all I ever wanted
    July 5, 2013 , 3 Comments

    There’s a panic that sets in sometimes. A panic of being stationary. When this panic sets in, I normally high tail it out of the place I am to embark [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Anxiety abroad
    May 14, 2013 , 25 Comments

    “I think I have shortness of breath,” I say when I stop into the clinic my old apartment owner runs. “I just lost a friend the other week and my [...]

  • Surviving Songkran
    May 9, 2013 , 18 Comments

    The stream of water from the squirt gun hits me dead in the eye. The sting is instantaneous. “Damnit! My eye!” I whimper as I attempt to wipe the water [...]

  • An ode to my friend
    April 18, 2013 , 16 Comments

    Editor’s Note: Information currently circulating on the web regarding Adam’s death is inaccurate and the text written here has been taken out of context for self-serving purposes elsewhere. Adam’s cause [...]

  • Escaping Chiang Mai
    April 2, 2013 , 18 Comments

    Shortly after my seven-month anniversary as an expat in Chiang Mai, I hit a wall. Actually, I don’t really hit a wall, the walls start to close in around me. Dramatic as [...]

  • When words fail
    March 25, 2013 , 8 Comments

    For the last 8-plus months, I have been living as an expat in Thailand. I have been living, breathing animal rights — particularly as it relates to Asian elephants — [...]

  • When tragedy strikes the expat life
    March 3, 2013 , 32 Comments

    “D,” W says over the phone, hiccuping sobs, “J’s dad. He’s passed.” Muffled cries, inaudible words. “Oh my god,” I manage, feeling the pit of my stomach tighten and tears [...]

  • Giving thanks
    November 22, 2012 , 4 Comments

    I’m sitting in the kitchen of the house where I grew up. Around me, I can hear the happy chatter of my mom, dad and brother. I hear the jingle [...]

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