Engagement Story

“I just couldn’t wait any longer…” – Christopher Van Wingerden On my first day my sophomore year at a new high school I carried around lollipops to make friends. My Aunt had suggested it to me earlier that summer and I was desperate for new beginnings, so I took her advice. About 15 minutes into […]

Read More

Stay Nice, Colorado

  There are two ways of saying, “you’re so nice.” The first way to say “you’re so nice” is laced with curiosity. There are subtle hints of disbelief and a few dashes of surprise. The other way to say, “you’re so nice” is riddled with disdain, with mistrust, like they wanted to say “you must […]

Read More

So far, so good

Some of my thoughts on making decisions, cross country road trips, moving in with your partner, and finding work in a new place. Making Decisions It always astounds me how opportunities manifest themselves. It’s almost as if specific opportunities are always there, waiting.  Waiting for you to dream them up and then peel back the […]

Read More

Beef Jerky

A bit of sweat perched on my upper lip. My hair, sticking to my neck, has volume unknown to me in the States. Curly, wild, and hot. I need a hair tie. I brush my lip with the top of my hand and shuffled through my sack for something to pull my hair back with. […]

Read More

Since Graduating (A Love Story)

I had been climbing the mountain for four years. One rainy day in May I finally reached the summit, ecstatic to have made it after all these years. I flirted with the clouds and took some moments to catch my breath. I looked out at the great wide world and felt an intense flood of satisfaction […]

Read More