Posts tagged Personal Essay
Bootsnall, One Stop Indie Travel Guide

Paris vs Malawi – Confronting Traveler’s Privilege

March 10, 2019

I am transfixed by the vignettes of life unfolding on the parched dirt road in front of our simple brick home.

The reed fencing around the house frames a patch of Malawian road. Life is never hurried or particularly orderly here, but so compelling and textured in the harsh African sunlight. Groups of children proudly drag or roll toys made out of packing crates or discarded bicycle tires, shouting and waving when they see me, leaning back to stay in the frame as long as possible, even popping back around the fence to yell “mzungu” at me, as if I didn’t know. Men ride by, dozens of scraggly live chickens lashed to the handlebars and even occasionally a goat to the back rack.

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Misadventures Magazine

The Value of Making Audacious Adventure Commitments

Documentary photography and writing

When I was a grad student, one of the most life changing pieces of advice I received was to book a vacation for after our thesis defense. If I passed, I could celebrate on vacation.  And if I didn’t, I still was going on a vacation. As a student in industrial design, essentially problem solving, I took it a step further and committed to a surf camp in Costa Rica. Money deposited, I had to train in the school’s flimsy gym which which turned out to be a lifesaver that year for mental and emotional health. There is nothing like a good sweat clear the brain for new creative ideas (proven science) and bring life’s problems from world ending to manageable.

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Misadventures Essays

Home For the Holidays

Documentary photography and writing

Late December I received an urgent email on a Saturday afternoon while sitting in a design talk at MIT. PAWs New England, an extraordinary group that rescues dogs out of high kill shelters in the south and brings them to the north, needed an emergency transport driver on Tuesday.

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