Pearl Goes to Washington

I had been curious about taking the Amtrak for a while now, since it connects NYC to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. all within a few hours of each other. So on Wednesday morning I booked a ticket to depart that afternoon and return the next morning (today.) I’m writing this from the coach class…… Continue reading Pearl Goes to Washington

We Can Choose (At Least Some of) Our Problems

Problems are like elbows – everyone’s got them. Our individual problems say a lot about where we are in life, and in this piece, I suggest that imagining problems constructively can build a life that is enjoyable and fulfilling. I use this method in my own life whenever I’m trying to achieve something, which is…… Continue reading We Can Choose (At Least Some of) Our Problems

Rewiring My Brain: Adventures in Neuroplasticity

It’s been almost a month since my first trip to New York City, that dream-scape city of my dreams. I sat in a bookstore called Shakespeare’s and wrote about rewiring my brain the way an explorer navigates a new trail. You see, I realized that I cannot continue to follow the same worn-out mental paths…… Continue reading Rewiring My Brain: Adventures in Neuroplasticity

Traveling Alone and Society’s Control of Women’s Movement

I wrote in my journal, sitting alone on a bench in New Orleans, “What really bothers me is that if someone were to harm me on this trip, folks will blame my solitude for the attacker’s crime. My choice to be alone, which I find liberating and important for women’s progress, would be used as…… Continue reading Traveling Alone and Society’s Control of Women’s Movement