For the boy with roses

I have a lot of feelings about the world. That is possibly the most general statement I could make. But I don't really know how else to put it. I've been trying to think of a thoughtful way to write about the refugees (mostly Syrian) pouring through Europe right now. When I moved from Lebanon …

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Making Plans

Lately, the days have been going by so slowly yet incredibly quickly. It’s a weird phenomenon that I often find myself caught up in. On Wednesday, I was supposed to be creating lessons plans, but instead I created my Peach Plan. Context: peaches are in season and therefore the main fruit to be found at the …

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Pieces

I wrote this more than a year ago, but when I rediscovered it today, it was exactly what I needed to hear. People are more important than places and sometimes you realize that “the dream,” the calling, isn’t wild adventures. It’s loving fully and completely and being loved in return. It’s finding people whose hearts …

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Throwback Thursday

Another old poem. I wrote this in December of 2013 in a coffee shop when I should have been studying for finals. I fell for you in fall, but by the time winter came I felt you slipping away like snow melting in my clenched fist. Maybe I shouldn't have held on so tight, but I …

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Montenegro Part 3: Kotor (and the soaring of my spirit)

That title is so much drama, but it's genuinely how I feel. Kotor was brilliant and romantic and empowering and life-giving.  After saying goodbye to Crystal that morning in Podgorica, I got on a bus to Kotor. I could probably write an entire essay on the bus ride alone. It was stunning to see Budva …

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Montenegro Part 2: Podgorica

Crystal and I were incredibly sad to leave Ulcinj, but she had a flight out of Podgorica, so we took a beautiful bus ride along the coast and through the mountains to Montenegro's capital city. I had read before hand that as far as cities go, Podgorica was pretty dull. I get that. There's nothing …

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Mali i Zi (Montenegro) Part 1: Ulcinj

I'm going to make a bold statement: Montenegro might be one of my favorite places I've ever been to. I think it came at the right time for me. I was tired from the cold and the snow and the English teaching. I just wanted to go somewhere. Crystal was flying out of Podgorica on …

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February: a brief history

It's been cold and snowy the past few days and I'm going to be honest with you, now that it's March my mild annoyance of the snow has turned into something close to hatred of it. I'm sorry, in 10 months I promise I'll be excited about it again. Lately my life has been so full …

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California

I'm currently traveling through California, so I thought I'd share this poem I wrote after last summer's California trip. I flew away from the Pacific over the desert toward Las Vegas. The mountains, valleys, towns were brown and brown and brown. I thought about that morning When I had driven my little rental down highway 1 …

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A moment

I wrote this a couple of weeks ago: Things are never the way you expect them to be. Nothing looks the way you painted it in your mind. In my picture of Beirut, I didn't imagine a Syrian refugee next to an American Eagle next to a Lebanese restaurant next to a grocery store that …

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