Keeping the Channel Open

Keeping the Channel Open

The Good Men Project

For me, a good conversation is like a tennis match. You talk, I talk, back and forth we go.

Hoedown at McDonald’s

Hoedown at McDonald’s

The Good Men Project

A chance encounter with a bluegrass band at a McDonald’s in North Carolina shows a free spirit the value of community.

Walkabout Love

Walkabout Love

Perceptive Travel

Having grown weary of the workaday, I tapped my savings, quit my office job, and started a year-long walkabout by backpacking through China. This essay won Gold in the "Love Story" category in the 2018 Solas Awards for Best Travel Writing.

Letters from Dad

Letters from Dad

GoMad Nomad Travel Mag & Living Now Magazine

This essay won Bronze in the "Travel and Healing" category in the 2018 Solas Awards for Best Travel Writing, and third place in the 2017 'Hard Times' Contest from The Writers' Workshop. It was also published in Living Now Magazine.

Backed up in China

Backed up in China

Lost Magazine

My first four days in Beijing involved exotic noodle dishes, ancient pagodas and friendly Chinese. It was also four days of not going number two.

Finding Words to Live By in Dad’s Letters

Finding Words to Live By in Dad’s Letters

Outside Magazine

A video of my travels through China and across the country on a 1982 Honda Nighthawk.

The Hate Game

The Hate Game

The Good Men Project

In the year we lived together, we broke each other down to build ourselves back up. This essay won honorable mention in the 2016 Memoirs Contest from The Writers' Workshop.

Finding My Sleep in China

Finding My Sleep in China

Travelmag

Three days in Beijing, two traditional Chinese doctors and one good night’s sleep.

In Defense of Quixote

In Defense of Quixote

Blog

I left my job and moved to Los Angeles to break into screenwriting. Am I at my most inspired or most delusional? I went to Don Quixote for answers.

Departing Down the Middle

Departing Down the Middle

Living Now Magazine

It’s a good lesson in attachment, I suppose. She leaves, I stay. And we’re all supposed to be okay with it. I wonder how a Buddhist might act. The article was also published in Living Now's Magazine (page 30).

A Sudden Stab of Murky Suspicion

A Sudden Stab of Murky Suspicion

The Philadelphia Inquirer

It wasn't our guide who made me suspicious; it was the bystander, a short woman with a vibrant dress and bananas in her hand. A longer version of this article was published in Living Now Magazine (page 42), and on Living Now's website.

Missing Paris

Missing Paris

The Expeditioner

Seven miles into the Paris Marathon I was content, blissfully lost in the illustrious City of Light. But then I saw the pacesetter and I was hooked.

A Taste of Glory

A Taste of Glory

Narratively

I lived up to my own expectations and felt Maslow's peak experience.

The Dizziness of Freedom

The Dizziness of Freedom

The Expeditioner

The birth and rise of bungee jumping. This also appeared in Details Style Syndicate.

In All Fairness

In All Fairness

Verge Magazine

When it comes to tipping guides and porters, crunching the numbers may not give you the right answer.

Up Fever Slope

Up Fever Slope

Salon

I knew I was susceptible to altitude sickness. So what made me try to ascend this 20,000­ foot summit?

Doubt Isn’t Sexy

Doubt Isn’t Sexy

The Washington Post & The Chicago Tribune

How do you woo someone when you’re still figuring out your life? This essay was also published in The Chicago Tribune.

A Lesson in Safety

A Lesson in Safety

The Boston Globe

When you buy a motorcycle, everyone thinks you’re going to die. You become a cautionary tale for friends, family, colleagues — a dead man riding.