Too much stuff

Too much stuff

I didn’t post on Monday morning because I had a very intense weekend and the post I started on Sunday evening was evolving into a treatise on American consumerism, culture, capitalism, and religion and I didn’t have the energy to stem the flow and come up with something that looked like a comprehensible blog post, … Continue reading

Quotes for inspiration

Quotes for inspiration

These are some of the happy thoughts that get me out of bed on Monday mornings. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in … Continue reading

Duolingo review

Duolingo review

One of my favorite free-time pursuits is studying Chinese, but I have a crush on linguistics in general and I’m always interested in the quirks that make each language exasperating in its own special way. But being on a tight budget as I work to get out of debt has restricted me to finding cheap … Continue reading

Migratory blogger

Migratory blogger

Hi guys. I know there’s like three of you out there that read my blog (and two of you are at least a tiny bit obligated), but I wanted to give you heads up that I am moving over to WordPress. For now, you can read my new content here.  I started using Blogger because … Continue reading

My Pleasure Island

My Pleasure Island

When I moved to Taiwan in 2004, I thought I would stay there for a year or however long it would take me to find myself and get over a bad college boyfriend. But a year in Taiwan became five, and then I spent another year in Shanghai before “coming home”. Six months later, I … Continue reading

Bad love

Bad love

I’ve spent ten years in relationships with men who were as supportive as cement shoes and eleven years trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I don’t have anyone to blame but myself. I was quick to commit, quick to move all my stuff out the way to make room for “his” stuff, … Continue reading

Roots or wings

Roots or wings

I am ambivalent about our new bedroom decor. It looks innocent enough: some throw pillows and a trendy acrylic headboard decal, but it’s the kind of home improvement that makes me nervous. J and I want to be free to travel, but by my nascent calculations, we are still at least one year away from … Continue reading

10 things I love about Taiwan

10 things I love about Taiwan

I lived in Taiwan for five years as an English teacher and was well in love with the island when I left. Here’s a list of my favorite everyday items and experiences from Taiwan:1. Beaches and mountains Taiwan precariously straddles two fault lines in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The earthquakes that regularly rock the … Continue reading

Writers who don’t write

Writers who don’t write

I remember talking to my friend Luke one day while  we were driving around looking for a parking spot. He was venting about a girl who had broken his heart despite everything he had done for her and despite his putting her on a pedestal. He was in a lot of pain, but he was … Continue reading