I have spent the last 25 years worried and embarrassed about the size of my butt. What a fucking waste of time. When Donald Trump won the election in November, I raged. I suddenly saw clearly that all the time and energy I had wasted on my concerns about that “wide” part of myself, on… Continue reading Body Politic
At Seattle Center, the Space Needle, the Seattle Children’s Museum, the Museum of Pop Culture, and a monorail circumscribe a courtyard with a gigantic, inventive playground. When the monorail departs the Center for its single stop downtown, it travels through a tunnel made of bright blue metallic waves, a wall of Frank Gehry’s MoPop designed… Continue reading Seattle, Day 4: Seattle Center
“Mama, what are you doing here?!?” Priya exclaimed upon finding me in her bed. “I slept here with you, remember? Lily and Papa fell asleep in the other room.” “Oh yeah! (pause, thinking) Sorry if I was kicking you. I always kick Lily because she gets on my nerves. (another pause) That explains why you… Continue reading Seattle, Day 3: Capitol Hill
Dear Mr. President, I write today to share with you my dismay about the rhetoric coming out of the White House around race and country of origin. In response to your insistence that you are not a racist, I want to share with you a bit about my journey to understand the idea of racism,… Continue reading January 2018: An Open Letter to the President
...October 5: Rob's birthday! After some confusion on Sunday over our rental cars (note to travelers: Rome is the opposite of Asheville. Anything that is open on Sunday's closes at 1 pm--and likely doesn't open again until Tuesday), we finally made it to our birthday destination in Tuscany. San Savino was originally a Tuscan town.… Continue reading Plenty of coffee, a hike, a pizza lunch, and a Renaissance chapel: it’s just another day in Italy
Ms. Connors' idea of heaven: having coffee inside the Vatican Museum. Well, the whole heavenly feeling was mostly before I entered. Little did I know that the path to the Sistine Chapel was a circuitous, two-hour forced march through every gallery of the museum -- which might have been fine… Continue reading And Speaking of Basilicas …
Lucky, lucky girl -- I'm off to Rome to celebrate the birthday of my dear friend Rob, a Foreign Service official and longtime travel buddy. Along the way I promised my European History students to document a few highlights.