I'm spending the night in Fort Stockton, Texas because -- if I tried to drive to the next town -- I would fall asleep and take this mid-size SUV off a cliff. Here's a few things about that first sentence: 1) I'm heading to Big Bend National Park. I'll be in the park for about… Continue reading I’m Driving in a Car!
Good morning! Here's another excerpt from the Appalachian Trail book I'm working on. It takes place on my birthday, a little more than four months before I left for the hike. I wrote this bit awhile ago, but recently revisited it. It's unique for a non-fiction book, because -- in addition to their external dialogue… Continue reading Book Excerpt: Laying in Bed Before a Break-up
The first half of the day was normal enough. Worked on the Appalachian Trail book for a little bit, went for a jog, and conducted an interview for an article I'm writing about the *get ready* 2019 Danny Barker Banjo & Guitar Festival. I taught at the after-school program for a bit, doled out some… Continue reading Welcome to the Latkepocalypse
Yesterday was the state funeral for George H.W. Bush, and -- while I watched -- I was also working on a piece for Very Local New Orleans about our 41st President's New Orleans connections. When I pitched the idea to my editor there, I assumed I could find some cool places he'd eaten or imbibed. … Continue reading George Bush I and Latkes II
Here's how it went down. I was biking home from the school at which I teach after-school storytelling, and my route -- very conveniently -- brings me by one of the latke spots I mentioned yesterday on the Hannukkah event list I wrote for a local website. This spot -- Marjie's Grill -- has an… Continue reading Not All Heroes Wear Capes. Some Eat Latkes.
This weekend I put together a list of fun Hanukkah events going on in the city. I only had a couple of hours to put it together, but I learned a lot. There are some amazing potato latke options going on this week! A latke board at Saba, a rotating latke special each night at… Continue reading Hanukkah is Here! How to Spend Your 8 Crazy Nights in NOLA.
Rereading it, I think this title may have been misleading. If you're looking for a park in which thousands of infants are crawling around from end to end, like a dog park for tiny humans, then you may have come to the wrong place. The park is Crescent Park and, compared to other green spaces… Continue reading A Baby Park Gets Its First Statue
I'm still working on this housing article for The Gambit, and they've given me 2,000 words, which is the most I've ever gotten for a paid gig! The topic is so interesting -- and I'm learning so much -- that even 2,000 words isn't enough space. Good thing I have a blog to share some… Continue reading Look Closely: Do You See a Beautiful Park or An Absence of Affordable Housing?
Happy Thursday! I'm going to be writing more about this in tomorrow's post, but I'll be referencing an essay I just re-read, and I figured I'd share it here today. I have a hunch this won't be super popular, and there's so much grey area, I'm having a hard time articulating what I think. But… Continue reading I Think -vs- I Know
Each week, one of my posts will be an excerpt from the draft of the book I'm working on about my hike on the Appalachian Trail. Like, last week's, this excerpt is most likely going to be placed in Chapter 1 which, as it stands now, will be a series of vignettes that -- all… Continue reading Book Excerpt: The Difference Between Dangerous and Scary