OFFASSIGNMENT: 6:32 a.m. at Boudhanath Stupa

6:32 a.m. at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu is a rapid current of silence and hope, a clockwise ritual that welcomes me without question. I can come. I can go. I can pray. I can walk and pretend to pray. It is the hour of the observant, of chants and prostrations, of prayer and potential…

AAA MAGAZINE: London calling: In search of nostalgia and surprise on a return trip

Only hours after arriving in London—my fourth visit to a city I claim to know so well I refer to it as “my first boyfriend”—I botched the English language. Famished after traveling across 8 time zones, I walked up to the hotel bar, glanced at the menu, and blurted out, “Can I get chips and guac?”
The bartender gave me a quizzical look…

TORONTO STAR: Instead of arid emptiness in the California desert, I found resilience in Joshua Tree National Park at a time when I needed it most

Under a gorgeous blue-ribbon sky, a breeze catches the door of a decaying 1930s pickup sinking into the desert, and slams it open and shut, like some ghost truck. It is a classic American Wild West sound, that desolate creak captured in movies, but contrary to mythmaking, the truck — one of the relics of fortune-seeking miners, found on the hiking trails of Joshua Tree National Park — is surrounded by beginnings and life…


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