My Life

Tales of the Unemployed: A Chiropractor's Lament

Eight years of college and $100,000 in student loans does not equal work. Read story.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

It's Dia de los Muertos, Carlos Brown!

Some thoughts on candy skulls in a land in which the jack-o'-lantern is king. Read story.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Answers as Questions, Auditions as Learning Experiences

An Indy intern tries out for Jeopardy!, leaves with a story and a key chain. Read story.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Rival Gang Members Join Together in Peace

Aqeela Sherrills and Calvin Hodges grew up on opposite sides of the tracks during the bloody gang conflicts of the Watts neighborhood in south L.A. Aqeela was a member of the Crips gang and Calvin was a member of the Bloods. They now both work for peace and reconciliation in Watts at the Community Self-Determination Institute (CSDI). Read story.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans

I'd been back to New Orleans since Katrina, for the first post-Katrina JazzFest, the festival that, over a decade's worth of years, had endeared the city to me. Read story.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Back Home Again

An evacuee tells her emotionally draining experience of being put out of her home. Read story.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wheels of Hope

Heart rate through the roof, lungs burning, pedal stroke erratic. Read story.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Rape Survivor Overcomes Trauma

Iwas raped in the fall. I was 17. He was my first boyfriend. Read story.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Mustache March Rocks Santa Barbara

"This gives us a really fun reason to get behind a great cause," said Jenny. Read story.

Monday, March 17, 2008

White Christmas

The old Bing Crosby movie is cheesy, but who among us hasn't dreamed of being in the midst of one of those Nineteenth Century Victorian Christmas card scenes? Read story.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Is Aunt Edna Worth a Sweater?

Families you're born into, families you create, and what they mean. Read story.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Ode to Kathryn Bailard and Elizabeth Drouin

Death and the holidays don't mix. I imagine death and her cool shadow thriving in the doldrums of January or in April, during tax season, but she should leave the holidays to the living. As the calendar flips over to November and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" takes over the radio, my thoughts usually start simmering with images of big family dinners, thoughtful gifts, too much chocolate, and great conversations with friends. Read story.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

A Thanksgiving Tale

Last Thanksgiving, I didn't have anyone to hang out with. There I was, all alone, with a borrowed car and a bottle of Popov Read story.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Baja Tales

Every weekend, thousands of fun-seeking Americans flood across the Mexican border into Baja, California. Some are underage college students wanting to go to bars and clubs. Others are surfers intent on exploring the many surfÂ-able nooks and crannies the Baja coast has to offer. Read story.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

How the Health Insurance Crisis is Ruining Antiques Roadshow

Iwent through a phase where I just loved to watch Antiques Roadshow. I find it peppy and soothing, predictable and amazing, a wonderful amalgamation of historic America and middle America, naivete and expertise, innocence and greed. Read story.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Jennifer Koh, Violin, Part III

Intrepid violinist Jennifer Koh’s adventurous exploration of Bach’s influence on ... Read More