The Resistance Monster

Life as a writer is tough. There are numerous books that shine a light on the writing process and I have read them all. This was a beloved method of procrastination that I subscribed to for many years. These books have a way of making you feel like the second you finish them you are going to run to the page and write with the fury of a reporter on deadline. … More The Resistance Monster

Adventures in Vipassana Meditation (aka that time I wore sweatpants for 10 consecutive days)

I had heard about Vipassana from my boss. The first four times he brought it up I nodded silently while thinking you’ve got to be fucking crazy. For some reason, the fifth time he brought it up, I noticed a shift and was suddenly open to the idea. Within an hour I had found the website and located a time and place that was far enough in the future that it would still feel far away for some time. Those six months dissolved at rapid speed and before I knew it I was schlepping my way to San Francisco. … More Adventures in Vipassana Meditation (aka that time I wore sweatpants for 10 consecutive days)

Why Oh Wyoming

I have always had a turbulent relationship with Wyoming. Each year since I was three, my family would pack us up and head to Wyoming for summer break. This was all fine and dandy until I became a teenager and the prospect of spending 30-60 days away from friends (boys), TV (MTV) and fun (fun) was simply unacceptable. We would drive to a place called ‘Nowhere’ and then drive 50 miles north to make sure that we were really in the middle of it. … More Why Oh Wyoming

The Secret Dilemma of a Matinee Moviegoer

I’m going to let you in on a little secret… one of the great pleasures of my life is going to weekday matinee movies alone. I guess it’s not much of a secret now, but that’s neither here nor there. Weekday matinee movies are a dream. They offer a chance to escape the trials of everyday life and escape into a world of wonder and mayhem – usually in the privacy of your very own movie theater. … More The Secret Dilemma of a Matinee Moviegoer

Bali is Trying to Kill Me: Food

‘Bali is trying to kill you.’ My co-workers joke. I am in Bali for five weeks with my work team which consists of myself and two very experienced travelers. My co-workers have lived in various foreign, sometimes extremely dangerous countries and find my chronic Bali-induced disorientation amusing. It’s not that I haven’t experienced travel in my life, … More Bali is Trying to Kill Me: Food