Nerve & Me

  This week, I was honored to share an essay in Vela Magazine , a publication I've long admired. The essay explores what life with epilepsy has taught me about uncertainty. The world—and our bodies—do not always operate in a neat and orderly fashion. Control is not our default modus operandi, or even our ideal. Thirty years with epilepsy has taught me … Continue reading Nerve & Me

The Accidental Tourist, Unplugged

One of the hardest things to do—for freelancers or anyone—can be to stop and make yourself take a vacation. On the surface, it seems impossible that a freelancer would have any trouble arranging a vacation. If I’m in charge of my own schedule, what’s the problem? But generally, the freelance life is less predictable than … Continue reading The Accidental Tourist, Unplugged

Out Into the World

Please click to watch this awareness-raising video.     Sometimes, I think I obey all the wrong rules. When I packed for my excursion downtown yesterday to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama, I double-checked the directives on the Emory University website, and did not bring any bags or recording devices. Turns out I could … Continue reading Out Into the World

Attitude

"Your work is to discover your work And then with all your heart To give yourself to it.” --The Buddha My high school art teacher was a worldly, well-heeled woman who hailed (ironically) from a North Carolina tobacco farm. She wore flashy Fifth Avenue fashions through the halls of our gritty public high school and … Continue reading Attitude