In place of what people call the Sunday blues, I feel a delicious satisfaction of having opened my home and facilitated the forming of new relationships—however seasonal they may be—with food as the vehicle. Sunday potlucks are no longer just a routine or tradition that I keep; they are very much a part of my identity. They nurture me, sustain me, keep me full of life.
Published: Dirt, May 2016
In January, I rise from bed at 7:45 A.M. 7:45 is earlier than I would yank myself away from the duvet in hotter months, say June or July. I tend to the tedious and necessary things first: I brush my teeth, wash my face, stretch my body, quiet my mind. I take the water that I have chilled in the fridge and drink it down in two or three large gulps. I refill it and carry the fresh water back to my bedroom, to my desk, which is deliberatively barren save for the literary journals that rest next to my left elbow, a note that reads ‘decision’ and another that says ‘trust your instinct,’ and a pen that fits most particularly in the curve of my hand. I sit down and I light a candle. And then I write.
Published: Shape Shift, The Identity Issue, February 2016
The last time I took myself out to dinner was on a cool summer evening in Chicago three months ago. Having never been to the city, I decide the only thing I want to do on my overnight trip is eat good food and listen to some blues.
Published: Dirt, August, 2016
Travel reminds us that an extraordinary meal need not come from a prestigious restaurant, but a chef who considers ingredients, enjoys tradition, and seeks deep pleasure in the simplicity of sharing their craft.
Published: Dirt, August 2016
What I understand now that I wish I had seen clearly before is that it is necessary to understand what’s happening in a pose before you can take yourself there. In order to gain this understanding, you must explore your boundaries and try. You must welcome acceptance and self-assurance in place of criticism and doubt. Then, you must be patient.
Published Sonima, January 2017
Travel exists all around us — on the apps and services designed specially to help strangers connect over shard interests, but also on the social platforms we deploy in our everyday life.
Published: Shape Shift, The Future Issue, January 2017
(Illustrations by Darcy Moore)
As I crawled under the covers early on Wednesday evening, I thought, surely, I have the flu. On Thursday, I woke up with my period. I had not had a cold or the 24-hour flu. Rather, my hormones had take over. I had an irate case of PMS. My cycle had duped me. In the spirit of change and new beginnings, find 9 best practices for reclaiming control of your body.
Published: ManRepeller, Jan 2016
In coming home and sharing stories, I found myself always traveling back to Luang Prabang, Laos. It’s a place charmingly melded together by spirituality, cuisine, and colonial architecture; a place that is so uniquely sacred it makes you want to whisper instead of shout, walk instead of run, sit along the Mekong River and think about nothing instead of everything.
Published: Dirt, December 2016
The older I get, the more appreciative I am that family recipes are more than a sum of their ingredients: they are a gift, an heirloom, an inheritance baked fresh with warmth and nostalgia.
Published in Dirt, July 2016
Travel is a $7 billion industry, with billions more being poured into online travel management, the sharing economy and apps that help you navigate a foreign city exactly like a local. Places that were physically difficult to explore, too expensive to bring the kids along, 10,000 ft below the ocean’s surface have now become feasible points of interest.
Published: Shape Shift, The Technology Issue, June 2015.
From premium subscription services to 'haute cuisine' marijuana, a new level of luxury and craftsmanship is overtaking cannabis culture.
Published: PSFK, September 2015
The Moleskine brand has traveled around the globe—inside bags, on trains, around the table at a co-working hub—allowing anyone with an idea to capture and actualize it in myriad creative forms.
Published: PSFK, Feb 2016