From my notebook:

While there are glaring dangers in categorization and putting concepts and ideas into boxes, we generally need them as ways of understanding our world. It’s a way of identifying and making sense of everything, from knowing the difference between a table and chair, to strengthening your relationships or better understanding them. When learning a second (or third, or … Continue reading From my notebook:

I hereby pledge to always be the conductor

Embarrassment and loneliness are two hateful, self-deprecating experiences. Neither necessarily depend on the environment or social activity, but both implore both physical and mental effects from blushing and crying, to the lump and ping we’ve all fought when standing in a corner alone. Embarrassment and loneliness are two monsters in my closet I must put on every … Continue reading I hereby pledge to always be the conductor

The Golden Rules of Living Abroad: Written by People Who Haven’t Done it

Before I left home, everyone I spoke to gave me advice. Even though none of them have moved off the continent before, I appreciate their eagerness to contribute and value (most) their insights. Two pieces of advice (other than “call your mother”) were given so often, I’ll now refer to them as “The Golden Rules of Living Abroad: Written … Continue reading The Golden Rules of Living Abroad: Written by People Who Haven’t Done it