Small Talk

My essay on winemaking and uncertain skies, "Small Talk" is up today at Entropy literary magazine.

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

10 Reasons Why Making Your First Wine is Like Traveling to an Unfamiliar Country

Over time, I've become familiar with certain steps in the winemaking process by working with my employer--sampling grapes, doing punchdowns, or cleaning tanks. Yet I had never experienced it in such detail until last week, when I harvested my own fruit and began my own winemaking project. In my mind, I'm on a journey. I've landed in a thick jungle and I've gotta make my … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why Making Your First Wine is Like Traveling to an Unfamiliar Country

Things I *Don’t* Know For Sure

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” ~Sigmund Freud I was recently in a business seminar when a student shyly revealed that she had a certain health issue. The instructor squinted like she was taking aim, then informed us that this was an example of excessive transparency. "Too much transparency," she said, "reveals your … Continue reading Things I *Don’t* Know For Sure