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Cheers and Bed Bugs

I’m up in the air again. I can’t get my work to load, so I am doing something else with my time up here above the North Atlantic – I’m talking to you. I’ve been up in the air a lot lately, and now I’m on my way back to Uganda. I was just there […]

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Let yourself be moved

I got my first tattoo last year. I have this rule, a 6 month rule. If I’ve chosen the design and the placement and held those unchanged for 6 months, I’ll get the tattoo. This is the only one to survive so far.  “Awake.” I hand-wrote the word a few hundred times before I settled […]

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It’s time to do the work of love.

If you’re wondering what to do right now… if you’re thinking, I don’t know what world I woke up in… if you’re dazed an confused, it’s time to focus. We have work to do. Whoever you voted for, the pain felt in this election is universal. It is not equal, it is not felt in […]

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I needed some white flowers

“This is the smell of being lost in the woods,” he said. “That’s when you know you’re really alone. You know what I mean? When you know no one is coming to get you. Here. It’s freesia.” He puffed lightly trying to blow his long hair from his mouth. His hair was thin, but it […]

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Waking up these days

My morning routine starts on my phone. I know they say this is bad for you. People say that the smart phone is a brick sinking us to the bottom of the ocean or something. But not for me.  “I even quit taking coffee,” Arafa said. Arafa is my ARC teammate in Sudan. “I prefer […]

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The Kind of Person That Can See You

What is a best friend when you’re 31 years old? Is it your friend you see once a week to drink margaritas and gossip about work? Is the person who always says yes to every party invitation? Is it the friend that keeps inviting you even though you keep having to say no (Don’t give […]

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Driving a taxi in Kolkata

I imagine myself brave. One of my enduring memories from India happened within minutes of arriving. 36 college students touched down, and together we left the airport. Joel, our guide and arranger of every detail, had taxis waiting for us. I was giddy. I threw my suitcase into the trunk of this heavy metal, yellow […]

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They recorded everything on their phones

Charlie and I went to Thailand with a team from HAUS Salon to work with a team from ARC. You can see a round up of the entire trip here: http://www.haussalon.com/haus-arc There were fifteen students, fifteen who never missed a moment of class, who stayed polite and attentive and engaged for 4 days of intense instruction […]

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I Can Barely Keep My Eyes Open

So, I thought that now would be a good time to muse in full view of the public. I didn’t sleep on the plane. The woman next to me had a bladder infection which was announced by the flight attendant before take off. “She has a bladder infection, so she’ll have to get up quite […]

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The Hocus Pocus Halloween Dinner

This Halloween I have decided not to wear a costume. I love Halloween down deep in my soul, but I will be on a flight to the Middle East, and I don’t think it’s prudent to show up in a cape, white face and fangs with fake blood trickling from my lip. #goodtraveler Plus, if […]

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