Crazy Spiral Temple in Missouri

I went to Kansas in November for a good friend’s wedding, and Colin and I decided to check out some of the strange and fun sights in the area. One of our stops was to a church in Independence, Mo., described by RoadsideAmerica.com as a “swirly rocket-ship temple.” Clearly, this couldn’t be missed. We ate…

Skiing in Vermont

Last weekend, my boyfriend Colin and I went to Vermont to ski at Smuggler’s Notch, a resort that got its name from the Prohibition-era smugglers who used the mountain range and its caves to smuggle liquor across the Canadian border. I joked to Colin that this meant we should always have a flask on hand,…

Happy (Belated) Valentine’s Day

I’m pretty sure 2014 was my first year celebrating Valentine’s Day for real—other than once in college, when my then-boyfriend pulled a relationship Hail Mary when things weren’t going well. I don’t count that one. Despite the fact that I’d been unattached (or just not celebrating) in previous years, I’ve always loved decorating for Valentine’s…

The Myth of Inspiration

It’s occurred to me recently that for my entire life, I’ve been operating under a misconception about creativity and inspiration. I’ve always been the kind of person who gets absorbed in a project and could spend an entire day working on a painting, a story, a design. But I have to be excited about it,…

The Weird Tunnel at Detroit Metropolitan Airport

I live in New York but grew up in Michigan, and I spend a lot of time flying between the two states. My parents live in Alpena, a small town about a five-hour drive north of Detroit. To get there, you transfer at Detroit Metropolitan Airport to a tiny twin-engine plane for a 45-minute flight…

Flying Over Chicago at Sunset

A few years ago, I dated someone who lived in Chicago, and while flying to see him was hard, there was nothing like the view as we headed into O’Hare. With the flat land of Illinois and Indiana surrounding it, Chicago glowed and reached toward the sky. I felt a wave of excitement every time…