Tag Archives: The OPEN Series

She Moved

Today I discovered an old laptop, and with it mementos and creations from my first solo sojourns out in the world. One piece of writing had me catching feelings, the beginnings of a book I began in 2009 on the heels of my first trip to Paris. I called it fiction at the time, but [...]

Combatting the Funk, Feeling the Flow

With mercury in retrograde, things are feeling heavy and murky for many. I’ll be honest and say that I’m one of them. Someone told me today that when you’re feeling helpless, help someone. When you’re feeling blue, spread joy. When you’re feeling tense, provide relief. The point is, put out into the world what you [...]

Song For The Road

As our departure date for South Africa approaches, the nights grow longer yet sweeter.  The logistics have begun to gel, and so my attention and my heart have migrated to what I love most about this process.  I find myself awake at night, focused on recalibrating my vision to  see the world through the eyes of [...]

Take Flight!

There is nothing more exhilarating and invigorating for me than booking a flight. It’s the jumping off point for the journey, the point after which all else starts to fall into place. Well, it’s with great joy that I share that OPEN has just booked its flights to our next destination. We’ll be filming our [...]

I Will

This week I’m prepping to take part in the major life celebrations of three very good friends.  It’s wedding season for OPEN. As I browse registries, book flights and pick up bridesmaid gowns, I think about what it means to join your life with another.  The romanticism and hopeful permanence of it all are familiar. [...]

This Was Our Song

78 year old Marty Daniels danced with his wife, Mariah, every day for 60 years.  In his words, “she pulled me out of my shell, dragged me onto the dance floor…and I’ve been dancing ever since…” Dancing kept them connected while he was serving overseas in Korea, and kept their steps light as they raised [...]

Dont Be Shy, Apply

Hello OPEN Family!  Fall is here and OPEN is happily back to work. Now that the funds are raised, our focus is on finding and selecting the next Traveler and we’re doing an OPEN call to find that person. We’ve received some strong entries, but I want to continue to throw the net wide. Many of [...]

Home Again

I’m home again for 12 short hours before I head upstate for a day of hammock swinging, good eats and last summer shouts with friends. I’m just back from Atlanta, GA, where I celebrated my Mother’s 60th birthday (Happy Birthday, Mom)!  Atlanta is an amazingly diverse and cosmopolitan town with much to offer.  I hadn’t [...]

More Than Imagined

Last night at 8:56pm the campaign ended, with $22,054, 191 supporters and tears of joy welling up in these eyes of mine. At the beginning of this process, a good friend sent me a card in the mail, which you can see above. She encouraged me to have faith and promised me that it’d be [...]

The Notion of Home

What is “home”?  Walls and belongings in a physical sense.  A feeling of comfort and familiarity in a spiritual sense. Home is both external and internal, literal and figurative. When we travel we leave our physical dwelling and are freed up to explore and expand our immaterial home, the one we carry within.  The sights [...]