Living with Narcos

Sometimes all you need to do to hear someone’s story is ask. I spent an Uber ride, with an ordinary person, who had been through extraordinary things. She had fled her country, left her children far behind, and hid out in America. One bright hour, with a woman who had a lifetime of stories. Latino, in her mid-forties. Seemed … Continue reading Living with Narcos

Pull of the Smoke Break

I was asked a great question: What is it about a smoke break that brings people together? A tough question for any non-smoker to answer. Also, something that a lot of smokers probably don’t think about or pay attention to. Why you’re doing something is easily taken for granted while you’re actually doing it. But … Continue reading Pull of the Smoke Break

Day 1

A Day of Change It’s about 3:30 PM local time and I’m finally sitting in a taxi heading into Beijing from the Airport. Still a tad delirious and drunk from my indulgent flight, a foreign place looks even more alien to my foggy brain. Why am I looking at palm trees? Apparently, palms and tropical … Continue reading Day 1

No Sleep ‘Til Beijing

Pre-Flight My nerves are on edge. My stomach is empty and churning. It's two hours before I’m leaving to the airport for my first trip to China. If there is a word for both my state of mind and state of luggage, and that word is over-prepared. Feel free to debate that hyphen. I’ve spent … Continue reading No Sleep ‘Til Beijing