A Score For Your Life

Music is everything. Music has the power to control my emotions. Is that true for everyone? Or for anyone? Or for someone other than me? I can feel uplifted, dark, inspired, cheerful, powerful, ambitious, moody, deep, saddened, grief-stricken, alone, amazed, comforted, encouraged, beautiful, worshipful, bright, enthusiastic, in awe…. But I never feel depressed when I…

Speaking Scottish

They speak English in Scotland. Just to clarify. There is a native Scottish language: Gaelic. Not to be confused with the native Irish language: Gaelic. Hey, I said don’t be confused! The Irish one is pronounced GAY-lick, while the Scottish one is pronounced like a Bostonian saying “garlic,” and they are as different from each…

Driving Scotland, Manually

In Europe, people drive manual cars. In most of the world, it seems most of the people drive manual cars. Yet in America, if you know how to drive “stick,” you’re something of a novelty. Is America more advanced in the field of automobiles than the rest of the world? Does everyone else know something…

Nothing Special

There were two common responses when I first told people that I was going to start traveling full time: “You’re so brave!” and “Oh my goodness, I want to do that too!” I’m not the greatest at spoken words, so here are my thought-through replies to those ideas.   You’re so brave! I never once…

Too Many Birds, Only One Stone

If you are passionately interested by and fascinated in one thing, count it a blessing. It must be fabulous to know exactly what you want to pursue in life, what you want to study and perfect and practice. There is so much for me. How will I ever devote enough time to all of it?…

The Lies We Learn From Movies

The danger of watching travel movies (similar to that of pouring over travel blogs) is that you start to think the experience shown to you is the one you want – and even need – to have. Then you find out too late that everyone has a different travel story, it’s impossible to mimic what…