The Importance of Walking Around

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I’ve moved a bit throughout my adult life. I haven’t bounced around a lot, but I have been new to a community a handful of times. Being new is hard. You don’t quite have your bearings and don’t know the hot spots and the “hot nots.” I’ve found you figure it all out through trial and error, but an error I repeatedly make is using community calendars as a resource. Community calendars are useful, I suppose – if you’re looking for Ping Pong for Seniors or semi-depressing trivia nights in a dark bar with soggy carpeting. Displayed in free periodicals and on town websites, they hold so much potential yet often result in so very little. Overall, they are generally a sad grid of undelivered promises. Continue reading

Go Forth: An Undergraduate Commencement Speech

It’s graduation season. Today as I thought of all the proud families and happy graduates, I also came to the realization that I will probably never give a commencement speech. To be honest, I’m pretty glad about that. I can barely introduce myself to a room that contains more than three people, let alone speak to a never-ending sea of mortarboards. However, I figured that if I ever find myself in that unfortunate situation I might as well have something on the back burner. It took every effort to not start with Marc Antony’s speech in Julius Caesar which I still have halfway memorized from high school English class. You should be proud of my self-restraint. Continue reading

Resolutions, Shmesolutions

Resolutions ShmesolutionsAccording to U.S. News, approximately 80 percent of people fail their New Year’s resolutions by mid-February. The article doesn’t cite the research, but I’m going to go ahead and take that as fact since it’s in print and that’s how facts work. Continue reading

A West Coaster’s Guide to the Midwest: Winter Edition


A West Coaster's Guide to the Midwest, Winter Edition

I was born and raised in Southern California. Before you jump to any conclusions, Continue reading