Story Story Night

Story Story Night I’m a two-time featured storyteller at Story Story Night (Boise’s version of The Moth). This is live storytelling, on stage and without notes. It’s terrifying and exhilarating. A great venue if you really feel the need to share, with hundreds of strangers, the story...

Etiquette in the Land of a Thousand Smiles

Etiquette in the Land of a Thousand Smiles Thailand has long been on our list and it looks like we might be able to make a trip happen in the next year (first we’re headed to Scotland and Ireland). I’m excited about all of the usual suspects associated with Thailand. I plan to consume massive amounts of khao...

The Glasgow Patter

The Glasgow Patter Every year we try to visit a country for the first time. This year, that will be Scotland, with just a few days in Glasgow before we head on to Ireland. The photo above shows the equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington. It’s been common practice for the past few...

Americana

Americana I spent two summers of my youth working as a farmhand in West Virginia. There are kernels of truth in everything you hear about West Virginia. It’s beautiful, unfairly maligned, and is home to pockets of brutal poverty that most of us only experience through novels of...

Please Don’t Make Me Go to an Adult Chuck E. Cheese

Please Don’t Make Me Go to an Adult Chuck E. Cheese My children have thankfully grown beyond Chuck E. Cheese. We went a handful of times when they were younger. They’d still be excited if I took them there, but they long ago stopped asking, as I did little to mask the fact that I am not a fan. Why? Not ONLY because...

Behaving Badly Abroad

Behaving Badly Abroad I’m certainly not shy when it comes to calling out bad travelers. What follows is a section from an early draft of Vagabonding with Kids: Spain. This took place at a flamenco show: Also, you should not read this if you have sensitivity to language. Because it’s about...