Stories

I found a love note from the 1950s

I found a love note from the 1950s

Recently, I found a love note from the 1950s sent to me by a boy named Ricky. The letter was written on a piece of fragile, lightweight and brittle piece of paper, a soft caramel brown, the blue lines of old cursive writing practice sheets handed out to us during the...

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The World Championships of Cheese

The World Championships of Cheese

Welcome to the World’s Best Cheese Competition, where “wine is just a liquid” and cheese reigns supreme. I attended this delicious event about senses and smells in Wales earlier this month, where cheesemakers from all over the globe competed to win the title of...

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Rock as Hard Places

Rock as Hard Places

Do you care about cairns? I do. Learn why in my upcoming newsletter about rocks. What are cairns, anyway? How did they come about, and why do they sometimes look like Sesame Street or Star Wars characters? And, I saw these characters with my guide in Peneda-Gerês...

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The Hidden Meaning of Lost Objects

The Hidden Meaning of Lost Objects

Have you lost something and found yourself? Among the many things that I lost during my seven decades of living, so far, is a guitar. And an island. I reveal my experiences losing these things and navigating life afterwards in my latest Substack newsletter, out now:...

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My Not-so-secret Society – Wanna Join?

My Not-so-secret Society – Wanna Join?

I started a not-so-secret society. Wanna join? My film-making partner and I learned about a group of 18th century scientists who would travel by the light of the full moon near Birmingham, England to discuss their inventions, questions, and curiosities. They called...

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Small Towns, Big Hearts

Small Towns, Big Hearts

The sharp crack of a trio of muskets pierced the air one fine July morning in Thomaston, Maine. I watched a small group of Revolutionary War reenactors as they approached, packing gunpowder into the muzzles, signaling that something of consequence was about to occur....

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Big Girls, Summer Camp Extraordinaire

Big Girls, Summer Camp Extraordinaire

I began to appreciate the process of making friends as a long-term endeavor that couldn’t be short-circuited. You can’t “speed-date” a new friend. Friendships I had developed over the past came from shared stories and experiences, from being vulnerable together to...

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