I’m in Israel for a week. Some of my friends invited me to join them at the last minute, and I was in Europe already, and the flight to Israel was short and cheap, so I said, “Sure!” Yesterday we took a tour of Jerusalem. Our first stop was at the Western (aka Wailing) Wall. It stands […]
Last night I went to bed to the news that nine people had been murdered at a well-known African American church in Charleston, South Carolina. This morning I woke up to the news that in spite of the racially-motivated murders, the Confederate flag is still flying in South Carolina’s capitol. This is a problem.
A few weeks ago I was at my parents’ place in Illinois, spending time with them before leaving to spend 4 months abroad. I had a conversation with them one night about the reasons I was excited to be setting off on an adventure, and the reasons I think it’ll be hard. “It’s like the […]
Until last week, I’d never been to Amsterdam, but I’d heard about it. More bicycles per capita than any city in the world. Lots of tulips and windmills. The Red Light District. Legal marijuana. I was intrigued, so I decided to add the city to my European itinerary. I took a red-eye flight from Portland and landed […]
Last week, I flew to Europe to spend a month as the author-in-residence at an art school in Germany. But I have a thing for collecting stamps in my passport, so instead of flying straight to Germany, I flew into Amsterdam, spent a few days exploring, and then took the overnight train to meet the […]
I’ve travelled internationally enough to know that the first day I get to a new country, I’m usually fine. Even if I’ve taken a red-eye and not gotten much sleep, I’m usually so excited, the adrenaline fuels me for the first twenty-four hours. The jet lag doesn’t kick in until the second day. And then […]
Last week while I was in Portland, my schedule was a blur of activities. I sat down with a film crew that’s working on a series of short clips about generosity (I’ll let you know when it’s viewable!) Then I surprised an elementary school whose teacher read them excerpts of The Invisible Girls this past […]
It seems appropriate that the last speaking engagement I had before leaving the U.S. for four months (spending a month in Europe as the artist-in-residence at an art school, then three months serving at a hospital in Togo, Africa) was in Portland, Oregon. Portland was the place I moved in 2008 as I was recovering […]