Pura Vida Cruise

We ignored dark clouds in the distance, snorkeled drenched in sunshine, cheered dolphins that torpedoed by. The sky blackened and unleashed a whirlwind, thunderclaps and lightning booming, slamming, smashing. I cowered, but they cranked the music and danced Salsa on the deck ....more

I Peppered His Feet

I explained an idiom, but he brushed me off, pretending he’d already learned it. ‘Cause he knew it all, that old Swiss boyfriend. My greatest victory: He told a new friend, “That really peppers my feet” and thought it was perfect English ....more

Abandon All Subtlety

Languishing in a boring bank, we talked music for hours and grew close through mixtapes we shyly exchanged. From “Purple Haze” to “Dixie Chicken,” friendship crept toward something more. How’d my next one end? ...more

The Princess and the Peed Off Copy Machine Woman

Image by Ross Berteig (CC by 2.0) During my first year of teaching, I learned a tip: get on the good side of the secretaries and the janitors. What I didn’t know, though, was that there was another person more powerful than they: the copy machine woman. Jackie ruled her domain with an inky fist ....more

Cruising Solo and Lovin’ It, a guest post by Diane

Today I welcome Diane who shares this guest post about going out of her comfort zone by taking a cruise by herself. Diane blogs at Thoughts, Tips and Tales. Cruising Solo and Lovin’ It By Diane Ten years ago, I’d never have dreamed that I’d take a cruise alone ....more

Travel theme: Simplify

When traveling, it’s often the simplest moments that make the most vivid impressions, those little experiences when your senses are immersed in the local culture, and you have time to let it soak in. I love planning adventurous excursions when I travel; equally important, though, is to have plenty of downtime to just wander around or sit and watch the world go by. In Amsterdam, I loved wandering through the streets and looking for Gevelsteens, gable stones that identified certain residences or businesses from before they used street numbers ....more

Waters of Indifference

I trawl through waters of indifference to teach twelve-year-olds of Sirens, but what do they know of longing? Sneaking gum into class, or texts at lockers, they ride the waves of their impulses, but can’t imagine a lure that could destroy them. — #18 of 42 (Gargleblaster page) ...more

JellyPhish Salad

Like jellyfish in a turbulent sea, the crowd follows different trajectories, yet pulsates to the same beat. We ooze our way forward, squeezing through momentary gaps as this mass of jeans and t-shirts expands and contracts. At the stage finally, we dance ....more

When the interviewer gets interviewed

{Read the article: Part 1; Part 2} When you’re a timid introvert, a perk of being a reporter is that you’re never the subject of the story. Fresh out of college, I worked as a reporter for a small town weekly paper. That experience helped me for years ....more

Rich Relations

A day with rich relations loomed across the state. My state: annoyed. They called us slobs and the Addams Family ....more