Bruce Springsteen on his 2012 European tour / photo by Juan Ramon Rodrigeuz Sosa, courtesy Creative Commons

Singin’ for the Lonely

LET ME tell you about the Bruce Springsteen concert I went to in London this summer. I first got fascinated with Springsteen the same way I learned to shave, in secret imitation of my father. I remember in junior high…

Wildwood Days

Wildwood Days

The first time my family vacationed in Wildwood, New Jersey, we stayed at a three-story motel on East Lavender Road. Its blinking neon sign greeted us each night as we trudged up from the beach, weary from hours spent in…

"Football in Grass" by Jayel Aheram / licensed under Creative Commons

Betting Big on the Box Trifecta

They say my grandpa used to bet on the ponies. They say he swaggered to the harness racetrack several nights a week when the weather was warm enough to draw the crowds, smoking a White Owl cigar and leaning over…

Boyce and I don't have any pictures together because basically our entire friendship plays out online. I had to get a little creative (sorry Jess).

Where Does Friendship Take Place in a Digital World?

My favorite interaction with Boyce Upholt, the guy who created land that I live with me, happened eight years ago at a movie theater in Connecticut. It was the summer after my freshman year of college, and I was with…

Breaking Badlands

Breaking Badlands

Having grown up in the country, perhaps it was the rural setting of Breaking Bad that first addicted me to the show. The desert and scrubland around Albuquerque, where Breaking Bad occurs, are a far cry from the Midwestern forests…

"Down to the Sea." Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Higher Latitudes: Rockwell Kent on Monhegan Island

“Truly I loved that little world, Monhegan.  Small, sea-girt island that it was, a seeming floating speck in the infinitude of the sea and sky, one was as though driven to seek refuge from the impendent cosmic immensity in a…

The Gherkin in London

There and Back Again

February 1 I am now booked for four domestic and international trips over the next two months: Seattle, India, Boston, England. Some for work, some for pleasure, some for both. Lately, my life has seemed like a train on the…

Photo by Wednesday Elf - Mountainside Crochet

Finding Home in America, Part V: Land that I Know

[Be sure to read parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 first. – Editors] “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game–the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism….

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Confessions of a Girl Who Never Learned to Bike

“It’s like riding a bike.” I’ve heard this expression countless times, but I don’t know what it means.

Photo by ER Post

To Boldly Go

A few minutes into the new Star Trek movie, I had to stifle a giggle. Jim Kirk, captain of a space vessel capable of blipping straight across the galaxy, pulls out his “communicator,” a far-future version of the cell phone. And it…