Back to the Bend

Back to the Bend

There’s a strange feeling when you can fly for free that maybe you might not be welcome to keep coming back so often. That might be one advantage of paying for flights – it regulates the frequency of your trips. I remember thinking of this when traveling to England to...
South Bend Love

South Bend Love

When I read Pete Buttigieg’s memoir, Shortest Way Home, the first thing that struck me was his love for South Bend, Indiana. As the title suggests, the book is about his personal journey back to his hometown where he is now Mayor Pete. After Harvard, Oxford, and...
Rules of the Road

Rules of the Road

One of my favorite writing prompts to give students is What makes a good friend? In a classroom of students from different countries and cultures, the concept of friendship is universal, and I find that their answers are very similar to how you or I would answer the...
Taking it Online – Kelly & Katie

Taking it Online – Kelly & Katie

I’m to the point of owning it now. I just straight up admit that I have an unusual hobby—I like to travel around to meet online friends in person. There. It’s who I am. But recently, I’ve been doing it backwards. I’ve been meeting people in real life and then taking...
Twitter Goes Local – April

Twitter Goes Local – April

If only my Twitter friends lived nearby! How often I’ve wished that. Well, my wish has been granted. By some miracle, I’ve discovered that one of my Susie Young at Heart Twitter friends just happens to live in the Twin Cities area. I had no idea! My first...