Making the Finals

Making the Finals Vagabonding with Kids: Brazil has been named a Foreword Indies Finalist in the Humor category. This is incredibly exciting, because Foreword is a tough one. Brazil was exciting, too, because there are lots of things there that can kill you. Here’s the scoop on the...

Commercial Fishing in Alaska

Commercial Fishing in Alaska When I was twenty years old, I had the opportunity to fish in Alaska. A friend named Melissa suggested it. Her dad was a commercial fisherman and she invited me up to her hometown of Sitka for a visit. By fishing, I’d earn enough to pay for my plane ticket. I was...

Big News for Little Piggy

Big News for Little Piggy In 2012, I self-published a little humor book called This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store. I had no idea if anyone would read it. And if they did, would they even like it? People did read it. The title and cover caught attention. Readers would then tell their...

How to Fail with People

How to Fail with People The following is an excerpt from a draft of Vagabonding with Kids: Spain. In short, don’t do what I do. When it was time for us to meet up with our home exchange partners, we walked a block to what I assumed was the center of town. My contact was a woman named...

The Sex Lives of Koalas

The Sex Lives of Koalas The main attraction of Port Macquarie, in my mind, was not the beach but the koala hospital, and once I’d learned that such a thing existed, I was determined to go there. The hospital nurses its patients but also allows the public to access and tour the facility,...

Avenue of Realized Dreams

Avenue of Realized Dreams “Ricardo.” He extended his hand for a shake. “It’s very nice to meet you.” Ricardo was the owner of a tree house, to which we’d been invited for a one-night stay. It was located in Porecatu, about an hour away from where we’d been staying in Londrina, a city in the...