The 13th Month

The 13th Month

Six months ago, after this year-long adventure officially ended, I packed up my car and moved to Minneapolis. This space has been pretty quiet since then — okay, completely quiet — but my life has been anything but. The past six months have carried all of the busyness, excitement, and vulnerability of landing in a new city and trying to find my legs there.

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Letters to Liona: Hello from Nashville!

Letters to Liona: Hello from Nashville!

Dear Liona, I'm a few days late on this month's letter...but I figured you wouldn't mind. So: hello from Nashville! The city of Nashville is in Tennessee, in a part of the country known as the "Deep South." Here you can see lots of rolling green hills and beautiful horse farms, you can hear people play the guitar or fiddle and sing every day of the week...

 

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Letters to Liona: Hello from Cape Town!

Letters to Liona: Hello from Cape Town!

Dear Liona, Hello from Cape Town! This month I'm in South Africa, at the very tip of the African continent. And wow — there is so much to see! I'm staying with my friends Hanmarie and Tian and their daughter Liné, and they are so excited to show me (and you!) their beautiful city...as well as the beaches, forests, cliffs, and jungles that surround it.

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Improv

Improv

On one of my last days in LA, I took an improv comedy class. I've been intrigued by the thought of taking a class like this for a while, ever since a friend in the film industry told me at a party, out of the blue: "You'd be good at improv." I have no idea why she said it; I hadn’t been particularly funny or quick or witty in the conversations that evening. But I found myself wanting to at least try it.

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Layers of land and sky

Layers of land and sky

I have to admit: I'm a little bit in love with California. Los Angeles (to my midwestern eyes) is bright and clear, and so much wider and greener than I expected. Everything stands in crisp layers, foreground to background, through the window of my northeast neighborhood: succulents and sidewalks and houses and lemon trees backed by lines of palm and cypress, and the green-gray foothills, and then the pale rising blue.

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Letters to Liona: Hello from London!

Letters to Liona: Hello from London!

Liona is my 8-year-old niece. She lives in rural Wisconsin where I grew up, and like a lot of starry-eyed country kids, she's fascinated by cities and dreams about traveling and seeing the world. I wanted to find a way to share my journey with Liona and give her a little snapshot of what life is like in different places, so I've decided to write her a letter each month.

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