It was 28 degrees when he rolled the window down. “This is the first time I’ve been in a car with the window down in nine years.” We sat in my pickup, humming along route 90. Patchy snow whizzed past our periphery. The trees were without leaves and the sky was a brittle blue. We […]

If there’s one basic metric for your personal finance, it’s your budget. It’s the first thing I do with a new client after hi and hello. Until we know exactly how much discretionary income there is to play with (the amount you have left), it’s difficult to make decisions. Your budget gives you a realistic idea of whether or not you can handle the goal your considering.

August 22nd – 3:30 pm The doctor tilted back his head and looked through his glasses. “Are you exercising regularly?” His fingers were cold under my jaw. We stood in a tan room with florescent lighting. I answered his questions as he inspected me like a prized horse. The stethoscope slid across my chest under […]

I pulled onto the highway outside New York City, blasting Shipping up to Boston, by the Dropkick Murphy’s. ‘Blasting’ is an overstatement, since there was a gaping hole where my car radio used to be. My iPhone rested on the seat instead. The truck was no great shakes, but it carried all my belongings on […]

Closure is important to me. Like the two years of my life spent in Honduras, I would like to be a short chapter of righteousness in a much longer story… Leaving Every time I remember leaving Honduras, I get shots of anxiety in my system. The circumstances under which we left were not normal, although […]

I feel confident in saying I’ve been accepted by the community, but that doesn’t mean I’ve got it all figured out. I wanted us to meet in a no-man’s-land, so I chose the soccer field. The hot April air was almost unbearable, but a patch of shade appeared at 3 pm. We set up the chairs […]

Every time I scratch a Honduran dog behind the ear and see them light up, I think of Pelusa. For a while, I’d refrained from donating to other causes because stipend money was short. But then there was a crack in the dam when I saw a GoFundMe page for a dog named Foxy. Anybody who […]

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