Dramatic Experiences Category

2015 by the Numbers


Dear all. The time has come once again for a year-end update! Much has happened so far in 2015, and I could write you volumes! That sounds extreme, though, and I thought—if I’m going to be extreme, I should do it in a way that requires minimal work on my part. So I limited myself […]

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Just Power Walking My Little Heart Out


“Partnering with Youth to Exit Street Life.” This little statement is the product of a recent project I worked on at New Horizons—developing a tagline to describe just who we are and what we do. It turns out the words “New” and “Horizons” could be used to describe any number of things. Imagine you and I were to meet on […]

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Nonfiction


Well, if you really want me to choose just one—oh, OK you do—well then I’d have to say scuba diving because of the sharks and also the lack of oxygen and also the fact that my other biggest fear is the dark because you just don’t know what’s out there, and not only what’s out there but […]

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Kale is the Answer to Everything


I’m sitting at the kitchen table, scrolling through some of my class notes, trying to envision this paper I’m supposed to write, and this is what I find: Heuristic. A net that captures a large amount of data—a useful netting, but always incomplete in what it can hold. People who operate with heuristics are wiser. Does a specific […]

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Come and See


Last week, I went to the Grand Canyon for the first time. I can’t figure out why no one ever talks about it. It’s enormous. And actually very cool. As we drove into the park, my sister pointed out that if you didn’t know what was coming, you could easy go right by it and […]

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My Sociopathic Leanings


As I sat in a conference room of about 50 people last summer, it slowly dawned on me: I am a sociopath. Incredibly well adapted, but definitely a sociopath. I cautiously glanced around at everyone else in the room as they diligently filled in the answer bubbles on their DISC assessment forms and read through […]

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The Unshakable World Traveler


I’ve never considered myself less car-dependent than I have in the past year—living as I am in the city, within walking distance of my office and being an avid (er, fair-weather) road biker—I like to think of myself as rather self-sufficient. So when in January I got the idea that I should forego my car […]

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When Social Functions and Popular Neighborhood Hangouts Fail


My recent foray into the world of online dating was both brief and excellent. It all started back in September, when, in an attempt to make my life more interesting and, as my friend Mike put it, “find a nice guy and have a life experience,” I created a profile on okcupid.com. There are essentially three […]

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A Series of Firsts: Dead Seal Pose


This post is part of a new series called “A Series of Firsts,” which chronicles my endeavors to make myself and my life more interesting. After months of apprehension coupled with curiosity, I decided to take the plunge and try hot yoga. Class was Saturday evening, and ever prepared for catastrophe, I began hydrating on […]

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