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This summer started with a physical journey – a road trip to San Francisco, a flight to Louisiana, a drive to North Carolina, and several stops along the way. I can’t pinpoint exactly when, but at some point the journey transitioned to something much more internal – a mental re-set, and an exploration of what I […]

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Goodbye, Fresno.

It’s lunchtime. I’m hungover. And I’m in the backseat of a Bay-bound car, listening to a road mix that includes Ke$sha and Elton John. This is how my journey begins. Rather, that’s how it began—that was Thursday. I’m now sitting in the San Jose airport, waiting on the next flight to New Orleans. For the next four weeks […]

Southern Comfort: Crawfish Étouffée (with a recipe for crawfish stock)

Warning: if this post feels a bit disjointed, it’s because I started writing it almost a month ago. The leftovers are long gone, but the thoughts, and the sense of comfort, remain. — I’ve often joked that I’m going to write a book titled How to Burn Out by 30. I have at least three chapters […]

A day of detours

In October, I flew out to Denver to meet my brother, who drove cross-country to live with me for a few months. Our drive to Fresno was spread over two days, and on the first leg, we committed to driving only on back roads. Jason left a couple of weeks ago. Thinking through our time […]