I guess we’re the sort of people who thought it would be fun to listen to the The Grapes of Wrath on audio book on a cross-country road trip to California. As E. and I left North Carolina to spend the next month camping out of our car in fifteen national parks, we noted the parallel … Continue reading Finding Public Space in America’s National Parks
The summer I taught myself to run was probably the most frightening of my life to that point. I had graduated from college without a job offer, nor any likely prospects after two interviews that had each ended in kind but final rejections. My boyfriend was in a country halfway around the world, without reliable … Continue reading The Personal Resistance of Running
When North Carolina turned red on Tuesday night, I closed my computer, put on my shoes, and went out to walk. I turned onto the main road in my town, Franklin Street, moving quickly, tears falling, my hands in fists. I walked past a dozen homes and businesses, all quiet and all hushed, with televisions … Continue reading A Message of Hope for North Carolina
Clichéd images of city life are so ubiquitous that I laugh out loud when I walk through the city. In Petworth, I beam helplessly at a group of children playing in the jet of water coming from an open fire hydrant. I see a pigeon fly out of an attic window of an apartment being … Continue reading What I See in D.C.
By six o’clock, I had been driving for three hours and was feeling desperate for the sun to come up. I stopped somewhere as the mountains really start to rise in Virginia, and stepped out of my car into a darkness, which masked the outlines of the ridges surrounding this one gas station off I-77. … Continue reading Driving to Michigan
My course and work schedule this semester have churned out so that I am rarely required to be on campus before one or two o’clock. My schedule adjusted to accommodate my usually deliriously meeting-free mornings, I now wake at six, creak and pad to the kitchen to make coffee, take it back to my bedroom … Continue reading Home + Life + Work Balance
I spent much of this fall looking out the left window of my bedroom. I have worked from bed almost every morning since mid-October because I can drink more coffee at home than I can carry to my office. After this semester I find, increasingly, that I need it. From out the left window I … Continue reading Uncovering Chapel Hill