Bag Lady: A Reflection on Personal Belongings and What Really Matters

Some things are absolutely necessary. Water, food and air aside- for me, these "things" would better be defined as experiences or actions. They are travel and writing. The two most important aspects of my life- when I go without for too long, my body and mind go through withdrawals. I yearn, I crave, I spiritually bleed for … Continue reading Bag Lady: A Reflection on Personal Belongings and What Really Matters

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Bolivia’s Route 36: Not Your Average Bar

"La hoja de coca no es droga" was the slogan on t-shirts and posters everywhere when I was in Bolivia back in 2004.  "Coca leaf is not a drug."  Judging by the plethora of barrels and garbage-bags filled with the stuff everywhere in stores, on street sides, and the little green pieces stuck in locals' yellowing … Continue reading Bolivia’s Route 36: Not Your Average Bar

Politik Kills: Reasons Why Mitt Romney Frightens Me

It surprises me that, up to this point, I've refrained from writing much about politics. After all, politics control everything in our lives, including education, health care, human rights, food, and economy. Politics can decide every last detail of our existence, including whether or not we are allowed to leave our country or visit foreign land. … Continue reading Politik Kills: Reasons Why Mitt Romney Frightens Me

Love is HERE

Love is brilliant.  Love is blind.  Love is bold.  Love is beautiful.  Love is brave.  Love is bashful.  Love is beat.  Love is apparently best described by adjectives starting with the letter "b".  But seriously. love is wonderful and amazing and deserved by EVERYONE. I truly believe that our President desires the best for the people … Continue reading Love is HERE

Integrity on a Cold, Desperate Night

"Integrity is a relative concept, best left to the penetrating minds of Jean-Paul Sartre or Hannah Arendt.  The reality is, when winter winds howl and the only affordable dwelling shapes up as a cardboard carton on Second Avenue, principles and lofty ideals have a tendency to vanish in a whirlpool down the bathroom plumbing..."  -Woody … Continue reading Integrity on a Cold, Desperate Night