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  • My worth, my story and my identity

    Everyone who’s ever had to come out knows that it’s never over. Yes, some coming outs will only happen once – telling your parents or your best friends, maybe – but some coming outs happen as often as every day: to coworkers, to new people you meet, to just about anyone. I had one of…

  • Can we stop using the word “sketchy?”

    I’m a writer and wholehearted believer in the First Amendment. I’m not one to suggest we dampen speech. But if I had to ban one word this week, it would be this one: “sketchy.” Let me explain why. I recently moved into a new house in a new neighborhood. I’m still in Troy, where I’ve…

  • Living and learning in Troy, one year later

    Last year, right before I moved away from Boston to take a new job in Albany, I tried write something that captured the sadness, but also the hope and opportunity, of starting anew. I got stuck a few paragraphs in, because I didn’t know what it meant to move on my own free will, to…

  • Back to the Lagoon

    Venice is a place that has left an indelible mark on my life. The four months I spent studying abroad there in 2016 meant so much to me personally, academically and culturally. The opportunity to return to a city like that is an absolute dream. So on my recent trip to Italy I decided to…

  • Dispatch from the City of Food

    When I first heard that Eataly was opening the world’s largest “food park” in Italy, there was no question in my mind that I had to find a way to get there soon or later. So when I spotted a super cheap flight to Rome for February, I carved out a long weekend and booked…

  • Let’s Create The Lives We Do Not Deserve

    The following is adapted from a speech I submitted to be considered to speak at the Boston University College of Communication commencement ceremony. This weekend, I graduate from Boston University. I am done with college. And as I look back on my four years here, I’ve come to a pretty simple realization: I have been mostly…

  • Comrades, Communications and Conclusions

    Life has a way of scooping you up, throwing you into things and giving you experiences you never could have planned. As I near the end of my college career (yikes!), I’ve been reflecting on some of my most meaningful experiences. What I’ve realized is, the ones I value most are the ones that were mostly…

  • Iceland Travelog – Entry 3

    At last, this is the last batch of photos from my fantastic trip to Iceland (see the first and second posts). There’s not much more to say about this incredible place. I truly hope to return one day and keep exploring. For now, I’ll stare longingly at these images and try to remember how beautiful…

  • Iceland Travelog – Entry 2

    For the sake of everyone’s social media feeds and attention spans, I’m posting my photos from Iceland in small batches, rather than all at once. I posted the first batch a few days ago, which included mostly photos from Iceland’s famous Golden Circle. Today I’m continuing with photos from our journey down the southern coast…

  • Iceland Travelog – Entry 1

    When I first caught wind of the fact that two of my friends would be traveling to Iceland this month, I was astonished. They’re going where? Iceland? It seemed like another planet, so unknown that one could not possibly take a casual winter break trip there. Well, I soon discovered that Iceland wasn’t that crazy of…