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.
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.
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.
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.
A video of my travels through China and across the country on a 1982 Honda Nighthawk.
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.
Three days in Beijing, two traditional Chinese doctors and one good night’s sleep.
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.
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).
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.
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.
I lived up to my own expectations and felt Maslow's peak experience.
The birth and rise of bungee jumping. This also appeared in Details Style Syndicate.
When it comes to tipping guides and porters, crunching the numbers may not give you the right answer.
I knew I was susceptible to altitude sickness. So what made me try to ascend this 20,000 foot summit?
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.
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.