What Constitutes a Crisis?

November ends now and I just realized this would have been the only month ALL YEAR during which I didn't blog, and that can't happen. But then I wondered what I'd even write about, because honestly the only stuff in my head right now is a ton of ramblings that resemble what I think might [...]

Admit Racism Exists

I've always subscribed to the party of Mind Your Own Business. Being nice and agreeable with everyone because heated words and aggression never solve anything. But APPARENTLY NEITHER DOES BEING NICE AND AGREEABLE. Being nice and agreeable all but ruined my Saturday morning. And I apologize for anyone who saw my whiny baby Facebook status, [...]

Italy: The Jerks

Full disclosure: I had every intention of this installment being about our first actual stop, but as I began writing the story of this customs encounter, it became a whole thing and I can't bring myself to trim. As always, your patience is appreciated. And I do mean patience. Because I realized the other day that we're [...]

Italy: An Introduction

We've been back on U.S. soil for exactly 37 days. I avoided looking at a single picture from the trip for the first 34—and for good reason. The second I saw snaps of Adami and Florence and La Spezia, my heart skipped some sixty beats, longing for the country we trekked top to bottom in [...]