Visiting the other side of the world

Visiting the other side of the world

During July 2017, I was lucky to spend ten days in KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa, traveling with a group of 14 students from my school and two other chaperones. Although the trip is classified as ‘service,’ it’s much more immersion and...
Identity Shift

Identity Shift

A week ago today, my identity changed. In a peaceful, wooded spot, surrounded by trees and dappled sun, I watched as the vet hooked up a catheter to Yale’s neck, then injected the serum that would end his life. His head lowered as I stroked him. It had already been...
The blessings of unsolvable times

The blessings of unsolvable times

Without [farm], where would we be? Tied in barns, tied to trees, left inside or outside to starve, injured, lame and in pain, blind, or standing in the kill pen waiting for our death sentence. Waiting for our final ride to the agony of a cruel and undeserved end. What...
Ireland on Horseback, Summer 2016

Ireland on Horseback, Summer 2016

Saturday 8.6.16 Here’s what I want to remember about traveling to Ireland, in case I ever have the opportunity to do it again:  Whatever the cost, take the direct flight. My route: Uber to Paoli Station, Paoli Station to 30th Street Station, 30th Street Station to...
Water

Water

There is a spot in northern Michigan where a creek that has been meandering through the forest rushes into a great lake. I won’t tell you where it is, because I would be giving away a secret gifted to me by locals – friends who, on my first visit to the place,...
Habits and Journeys

Habits and Journeys

This summer took me me from seven challenging weeks in Michigan through a few troubling days in Pennsylvania to an August perch on an island in Maine. Here I’m a student, trying to figure out whether I am still supposed to make things.  I have been living out a...