Meditation in Thailand

I’m writing this in isolation. Like so many of us during the Coronavirus crisis, I am social distancing. And one of the things keeping me sane during this crisis is meditation. By crisis, I also mean a time for grieving. What we are feeling right now is grief. It is a loss of what …

ogoh-ogoh on Nyepi Day Eve

Every year on the island of Bali in Indonesia, the entire island goes completely dark for 24 hours. No Internet. No TV. No electricity. Nyepi Day is a day for meditation and reflection; a day for the Earth to reset; a day for complete silence. It’s also an incredible time to be in Bali. …

Touchdown Jesus in New Orleans

If you’re looking for a ghostly guide to the Haunted History of New Orleans, look no further. This list makes for an easy, self-guided walking tour of the French Quarter – and its hauntings. Why is New Orleans So Haunted? Maybe its the above-ground graves or maybe it’s the colorful history of voodoo and …

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 …

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 …

Luang Prabang

Making a Wish for a Second Life in Laos: Outside of temples and padogas across Southeast Asia, there are cages full of tiny birds. If you buy a bird and release it, this symbolic gift of freedom is believed, by some, to bring good luck or to ensure a wish will come true. I …