On Pretending to Know Wine

The Stellenbosch wine region visited via a Vine Hopper tour bus is the kind of thing that brings in a lot of foreigners. By the end of our tour there were 12 of us: two Joburg South Africans on a weekend getaway, a German couple, of which the man kept confusingly saying, “America is such a wonderful place!,” while Continue reading


On Adjusting

When Chas and I moved from Boulder to Boston in 2009, I said to him on the airplane:

“So you know, I’m going to have a hard time at some point. We’ll be going along fine, and in a couple of weeks, I’m going to start crying. Probably about something really small, and probably in public. Here’s your heads up.”

I get a little turned around and surprise myself with how well I’m thriving. I’m in a new place, and I say to myself, “I’m THRIVING here!” and Continue reading