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Sketching Peru: In praise of the eternal moment.

Sketching Peru: In praise of the eternal moment.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016

Although I loved witnessing the world wonder of Machu Picchu, the greatest wonder I felt in Peru occurred on a much smaller scale—the scale of single slices of pineapple and of simple gifts, given simply.

Found in translation: A love letter to language learning.

Found in translation: A love letter to language learning.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016

More and more, I’m realizing these little moments are one way of marking our progress in a foreign language—they are the tiny minnows that would have otherwise swum right through the net of our mind.

Book giveaway: Don George’s The Way of Wanderlust

Book giveaway: Don George’s The Way of Wanderlust

Posted on Sep 1, 2015

I loved sharing the evolution of Don George’s beautiful new collection of stories, The Way of Wanderlust, here recently, and today, I couldn’t be more excited to be giving away two signed copies.

Book Passage 2015: Notes on teaching, touchstones, and the crossing of thresholds.

Book Passage 2015: Notes on teaching, touchstones, and the crossing of thresholds.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015

The Book Passage travel writing and photography conference is a kind of touchstone place I keep returning to, and yet each year finds us all moving forward in our lives and work as well.

Illustrated inspiration from Book Passage Travel Writers Conference 2014.

Illustrated inspiration from Book Passage Travel Writers Conference 2014.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014

The past four days gifted me a series of phrases that have been circling in my head from the moment I heard them, so this year I thought – why not let Book Passage speak for itself?

Introducing the Great Affair’s newsletter.

Introducing the Great Affair’s newsletter.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014

It’s on milestones like today, when I can look back and remember how much leaving London felt like a giant leap into the unknown, that I’m filled with so much gratitude that I’ve been able to keep going.

“To hear myself living”: Notes on shifting gears and slowing down in 2014.

“To hear myself living”: Notes on shifting gears and slowing down in 2014.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014

I’m welcoming the space this stillness will bring to my life – the space to dive into the story I’m hoping to share, and to dig deep into the lessons these last few years on the road have taught me.

2013 in review: Decisions are like dominoes, and other lessons.

2013 in review: Decisions are like dominoes, and other lessons.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013

May 2014 be a year of adventure, a year of doing what we love, a year of experiencing things we can’t even begin to fathom right now. That was the final lesson 2013 taught me: Leave room for the unexpected.

TBEX Dublin: On the importance of asking why.

TBEX Dublin: On the importance of asking why.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013

To ask why is to go deeper, to seek the significant and look for connections. It takes time to draw meaning out of an experience, but it’s worth it – for ourselves and for the stories we’re wanting to tell.

Book Passage 2013: Notes on living with an open heart.

Book Passage 2013: Notes on living with an open heart.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013

Carrying me through each step was the gift that Book Passage gave me, and others: assurance that we are on the right path. That every page written, every risk taken, and every dream believed are actually leading somewhere.