Sunsets, Street Tacos, Street Dogs and Hidden Streets: Strolling through Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

First things first: five days in Puerto Vallarta wasn’t enough. We flew down there for a Monday through Friday Thanksgiving trip, and would have loved to stay longer (work called me back, as did super cheap plane tickets, which dictated the timing). We left blustery Chicago and landed in sultry Mexico in late November, and from the […]

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An Unexpected Show of Kindness (and Medical Intervention) on United Airlines

In these days of The Knee Defender, flying has become a lesson in patience and abandonment of personal space. We’re packed in like veal, leaving little room for courtesy and kindness. It’s a battle of self preservation, as Frank Bruni wrote about in a column in today’s New York Times, called “Just Plane Ugly.” Last […]

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How Mya Saved Jacob by Kate Silver

At the ASJA Content Connections conference Nov. 13, keynote speaker Jay Heinrichs said some incredibly kind things about a story that I wrote for Southwest Airline’s Spirit Magazine (Now called Southwest: The Magazine). Since the magazine doesn’t keep archives for very long–the story ran in 2010–I wanted to share it here. Thanks for all who […]

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Exploring Murcia, Spain

We stayed in Murcia for two nights, and it would have been great to stick around longer. This is a city–and region–that’s largely unknown to Americans, but it should definitely be on your radar. It’s affordable, easy to get around, and chock full of all of the mandatory things a Spanish destination should have: we […]

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