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 see my husband’s extended family. Read the rest
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 a coveted job with McKinsey Consulting, he chose to come home to this small city with a population of 100,000. Read the rest
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 question. I think of a healthy friendship as two people bringing their best selves to the relationship. Read the rest
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 it online. Read the rest
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 clue was when, in the dead of winter, I came across snow pictures oddly familiar to the ones I was posting. Read the rest