Friday, November 29, 2013


Let’s talk about materialism. Humans, woman especially, like to have things. This is not because we are selfish, shallow creatures, ruined by the conveniences brought on (at the root of things) by the Industrial Revolution. Our desire to accumulate goes back to our very ancient origins as hunter-gatherers. If your next meal hinges on picking up the right plant or fruit, you’ll naturally want to maximize your chances of eating by maximizing the amount of things you gather. Collect now, sort out the details later. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Giving Thanks in China

(Just an aside: I have a degree in history. I know about the extremely inaccurate cultural narrative surrounding Thanksgiving. All I'm examining here today is a modern day expectation of Thanksgiving).

Today, I celebrated my first Thanksgiving abroad. Even in a city as massive and global as Shanghai, celebrating Thanksgiving felt like a small bastion of normalcy against the chaos I encounter every time I walk outside. It seems we are not alone in this feeling. NPR recently ran a series of stories on Thanksgiving as part of their Project Xpat series. Writers from Seoul, Chile, and everywhere in between chimed in on their Thanksgiving celebrations. Some had a traditional meal, while others turned to local cuisine. Some ate with fellow expatriates from across the globe, some with local friends, and some ate alone. Yet all the expatriates seemed united in one aspect: a deeper appreciation for what matters, and all they had to be thankful for.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dear Reader,

Here I am typing to you about the beginning of this blog. Here’s the thing. I don’t know what this blog is for. I began with musings…aspirations. A travel log? Photography? Fashion? History? Crafting? All of those things are dear to me, but I am an expert in none of them. Yet they are my passions. I have others as well, newly discovered, forgotten, or developing quietly in my brain. This blog is a space for all the those things. A place for pieces of a life being lived. I am just one person. I am not particularly remarkable in any way. Yet, here is my story. I want to share it with you. Join me, and we will see what develops. Share the thoughts floating around your head, and I’ll share mine. We might come to a greater understanding of humanity together. Or, perhaps, we’ll just laugh at cute animal pictures. Either way, it will be fun.