Category Archives Shredded Dignity

The hum of the cicadas, or perhaps they're crickets, underscored the trill of birds on this early morning as I looked out from the front porch of my friends Jonny and Scott's rustic farmhouse and onto a vista of rolling Iowa fields.  It's my first day of discovery, I tell myself.  Though this year long voyage across the US had…

It stormed early this morning.  A strong storm that sounded as if each thunderbolt were sounding from right above me.  Needless to say it woke me up and it took me a while to fall back asleep. When I finally stumbled downstairs the next morning with my mug of coffee in hand, the first thing I did was look out…

The drive from Kansas City to Denver was long but the movement felt good.  I'd always imagined Kansas as some flat, bland terrain, perfect for spinning up tornados.  I mean I did grow up watching the Wizard of Oz every year but had somehow developed a high level of fear of being caught in a tornado rather than believing they…

I tried to catch my breath but couldn't.  "I'm not sure I'll make it to the top, if it's already this hard to breath," I said, embarrassed. My friend Claire assured me that we could do an easier hike or just take our time. "Well let's keep going, I can always turn around if I need to."  And with that…

I'm about to leave Colorado, Utah bound.  First Moab then Eden, after which I'll pick up one of my favorite travel buddies and coworkers and head to Yellowstone and then spend a week in Portland. Colorado has been good to me.  I can see why so many people are moving here.  Every single day has been gorgeous and sunny.  It's…

"The Pee Monster struck again," said my friend Katrina who had graciously offered to look after said Monster while I traveled. The Pee Monster (Mimzy) wasn't mournfully mewing by the door to the room where I'd stayed.  She wasn't Facebook stalking me.  She hadn't drunken dialed me even once to beg me to come home.   Nope, she was displaying…

As I've been traveling, I've been observing the various cultures and climates in each location.  In part because one of these places may be a future home and in part because I want to memorize the variety of sets upon which I can place future characters. So far I've determined that Kansas City is a mix of friendly neighbors, BBQ,…

In Chicago, you can't walk down any street without having multiple people asking you for money or food.  Often the same panhandlers on the same corners saying the same things.  Fairly regularly when riding on the L, someone walks through your train car, telling you some sob story about medical bills and asking for money to help them out.  If…

I can't stop thinking about earthquakes and what I would do if one struck while I was in LA.  I spent my first night here spinning my mind into a crazy head space thinking about which doorframe I'd stand under and whether or not I should put on shoes first.  This is not unusual for me.  I'm always playing the…

I'm really starting to hit my stride on this trip.  Gone are the fears and homesickness. I went out for dinner the other night and didn't feel weird about sitting at the bar with my book.  In the past, I'd been that girl, alone on a weekend night, wanting to go out but worried about people feeling sorry for me…

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