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To My Mom on Mother’s Day

I ran away from home once. I couldn’t have been more than 4 years old. My mom had just dealt me some huge, egregious, and long-since-forgotten injustice. Maybe she’d told me I couldn’t have cookies for dinner, or maybe she’d forgotten to buy me my favorite cereal. Anyway, I’d had it with her. I packed a fruit snack in my tiny backpack and marched to the front door. “I’m RUNNING AWAY!” I yelled to my mom. And you know what…

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My 2012 in Review

“I hope you remember the hope you felt rise overwhelmingly within as you saw 2012 stretch ahead of you as a beautiful, exciting and unpredictable path of new opportunities. —The letter I wrote to myself last New Year’s Eve Is there anything as bittersweet as New Year’s Eve? Waxing nostalgic over the days gone by, waving goodbye to the last year, and saying hello to a new one. So here I am, looking back on the past year, and forward…

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On Home, Childhood Friends, and Growing Up

I cried myself to sleep last night for the first time since moving to California. I’m surprised only by the fact that this didn’t happen sooner. I knew that going home this past weekend would induce it. You see, when I moved here, I saw my dream within reach, so I ran for it–I had no chance to contemplate the consequences of leaving everything behind; I didn’t want to anyway. It’s a lot like when you’re playing soccer (or whatever…

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