12 Countries, 12 Months

I told Tyler to go first. He scanned the 20+ scraps of paper on the floor. Each, in bold Sharpie, held the name of a country and a timeframe. He grabbed “Japan (March–May; September–November)” and placed it directly in front of us. Next, I picked up “Bali (April, May, June, September)” and put it below […]


The Unexpected Emotion That Follows Grief

lago de atitlan grief

I’ve now lived my life for three years longer than him. That’s 1,095 more days of banalities: spilled coffee, loads of laundry, trips to the grocery store. And 1,095 more days of what makes life worth living: side splitting laughter, whispered I love yous, last calls at new bars in new cities. Over these years […]


Goodbye to a Man Who Devoured the World

Anthony Bourdain

I’ve never been one to mourn celebrities. Though I always feel sorrow for the deceased’s friends and family, for those who actually loved and breathed them, I never understood how people could be upset by the loss of someone they’d never met.  And then Anthony Bourdain died.   He had long been my dream travel […]


What I Learned Writing My New Ebook

The Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Jobs

Six years ago, I launched this blog. Two years after that, I started working on an ebook to accompany it. Fast forward to today, and IT’S FINALLY HERE. If you just want to read our killer pay-what-you-want ebook, be my guest. But if you’re wondering what it took to get here (other than the obvious coffees, […]


Same Country, Different Planet


On New Year’s Eve, I moved to another planet. One where people are bizarrely nice. Where stores are closed on Sundays. Where the accents make me blush. Where directions include “just look for the giant Jesus statue.” Where, in the grocery store, they walk you to whatever you’re looking for — instead of flinging a […]


Tomorrow’s Reason

Two years gone… and I’m not sure what to say. That I still think of you every day; that I finally feel OK? Because both are true. When you died, everyone told me different things: time would heal, time wouldn’t heal, it would get easier, it would never go away. They’re all true, too. Grief […]


The Story (and the Costs) Behind My New Website

Last fall, I noticed a recurring trend. In my writers’ groups on Facebook, people were always asking questions like… I pitched this story to Tractors Are Sexy Monthly, but they turned it down. Any ideas where else I should pitch it? I have a story about how running became my only source of sanity after […]


The Unusual Way I’m Practicing Lent This Year

sunset Ketchikan Alaska

I know, I know; I’m an atheist Jew. Lent most definitely does not apply to me. Call it cultural appropriation or FOMO, but I’ve been participating in “Lent” since elementary school, when my best friends (who were mostly Catholic) would give up chocolate or soda or TV for 46 days. Along with one of my […]