Cycle for Survival Chicago

Since my partner died of cancer in a Northwestern Hospital bed on a sunny day in June of 2018, every return to our former home city of Chicago has meant an emotional collapse for me. But not this time. This time I returned for Chicago’s Cycle for Survival event, joining Jeff’s friends in remembering …

No doubt about it, 2019 was a BIG year for me. I backpacked SE Asia, traveled much of Europe, walked the Camino de Santiago, and moved home to Portland, Ore. for the first time since I moved to Chicago for “one year” some 15 years ago. It was a year of change, a year …

Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn

I spent 45 days traveling solo in Thailand. From getting lost in Bangkok to rafting through a bat-filled cave to meditating with monks in Chiang Dao, I learned the hard way so that you don’t have to! Here are the top 10 things I learned:

Le Pigeonnier Restaurant in the Loire

The first time that I visited Saint-Martin-le-Beau, a commune resting near the banks of the River Cher in central France, it was a cold evening in January and the rain slopped across my windshield as I navigated my rental car over the train tracks that run parallel to town. Because it was nighttime, I …

Street Scenes of Ubud

When the weather heats up in the summertime, I am reminded of the month that I spent in a bungalow just outside the Monkey Forest in Ubud and the overarching lesson that I learned there: The jungle ALWAYS wins.

Sunset in Washington, DC

I had a hard time deciding where I wanted to be on the day that marked the last in a year of firsts – the one year anniversary of my fiancé’s death. One never really knows when grief will claw its way out of its carefully contained space in the heart and squeeze, but …