(Yes, this post is six months late. Yes, this checks out with who I am as a person. Proceed.) I went to Ethiopia this past summer. If you are like 98% of the people I told this to, your follow-up question is, "Oh nice! On a mission trip?" No. I love Jesus. A lot. And … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Try Ethiopia
There's one mid-south town I'm asked about more than any others: Nashville. I think this is partly because a great deal of people are under the impression I live there. I don't. I live in KNOXville, Tennessee, a little under three hours east. But it's fine. Luckily, for the many people who ask for recommendations, … Continue reading Meanderings in Nashville
I vividly remember being in the shower about a year and a half ago. That's not weird, okay? Just calm down and keep reading. We all know the best time for thinking is in the shower. And I was thinking about math. Again, not weird. It was life math: I was 24 at the time. … Continue reading Step One: Create a Plan
There was an Asian man, a black woman, a white male, and an… Italian woman? But the kind of Italian who’s clearly spent a few generations in Jersey, with fake eyelashes essentially brushing the train’s ceiling and nails long and immaculate. I slid my own bitten, unpolished nails in my coat pockets. No need to … Continue reading Train Rides and Train Wrecks.
If Knoxville is the southern scruffy mountain man, Lexington is his refined older sister. And I love her. She's just a smidge under three hours away from Knoxville (this time estimate is including a stop for coffee, because, obviously.) She's southern and sophisticated. See, I've lived in a handful of southern cities. They have been … Continue reading Lexploring: a day in Lexington
I don't know where my home is. I've always been bad at directions Examples: My parents got me a GPS well before I owned a car. I once spent many dollars confusedly going back and forth on a tollroad, even with said GPS. Another time, I drove an hour into North Carolina before realizing I was … Continue reading A Rambling Post About Effects of Meandering
I don't have extraordinarily fond memories of Cades Cove. Cades Cove is an area in the Smokey Mountains with camping and hiking and most notably an 11 mile "scenic loop." Sounds nice, right? I thought so too. I took my sister and brother-in-law there over my very first Tennessee Christmas break to show them the mountains, … Continue reading Abram’s Falls In Fallmost
I drive between Nashville and Knoxville quite a bit. It's a nice drive, nothing fancy but long enough to feel like a road trip and quick enough to be consistently enjoyable. The views were fine, but I never felt like it lifted a finger to the views between Knoxville and Asheville... until I learned about Ozone … Continue reading I Came in Like a Water Fall