Creating a new home in the Midwest
1 year ago today I eagerly opened the door to my new home in Minneapolis. After having driven across the Western US to get here, I arrived with all of my possessions — two suitcases filled with clothes.
The drive back to my native Midwest from Southern California was leisurely and still familiar. 23 years before I made the same drive — in the opposite direction. It was time now for my next chapter.
In these 12 months since I got to Minneapolis, I slowly turned my empty apartment into a new home here. …
“Well, that’s different”
As we say here in the Midwest, 2020 is ‘different’ when it comes to travel for most all of us. While it is true that I proclaimed in 2019 that is was finally time for me to ‘slow down travel’, I never imagined to what extent this would happen. In January as what would be the pandemic emerged, I wrote a short piece acknowledging what I assumed would be my (lack of) travel in 2020. Here we are 8 months later and how is it going?
2020 is the first year since 2007 that I will have no international travel. …
Australian summer, Feb 2017, I took a break from coding and walked around Sydney harbor. Despite the stunning beauty, I felt an unnatural, desert-like, searing heat in the air. And every year it is getting hotter there. In 2019, Sydney set a record of 107 degrees.
That same year there were devastating fires in many parts of Oz. …