Americas

Each Breath

Each Breath

By Jackie Leavitt I’m focused on the rhythm of the paddling. The person in front of me dips her oar into the brown water, and I need to time mine perfectly so that I don’t crash into hers, like I seem to keep doing. I’m […]

A Caribbean St. Patrick’s Day: Cabarete

A Caribbean St. Patrick’s Day: Cabarete

By Jackie Leavitt White wine will always remind me of Boston. Not the usual association, I know, but when I lived there in 2010, that’s when I actually started to drink it. Years before, I had begun enjoying wine on the darker side of the spectrum, with […]

Winter’s Embrace

Winter’s Embrace

By Jackie Leavitt Thousand of white raindrops cascade from the steel gray sky, bouncing off the pavement like dancing marbles before disappearing up into their self-shattering dampness. They tap-tap-tap like drumming fingertips on the roof, getting louder and softer as the wind shifts through the […]

Fall’s Timely Demise

Fall’s Timely Demise

By Jackie Leavitt There is a satisfying crunch as I lower my boot over the unsuspecting leaf, shriveled up on the dirty sidewalk near its mother maple tree. Worry whispers out to its surrounding brothers and sisters as I roll my foot heal-to-toe, releasing small […]

Morning Music

Morning Music

By Jackie Leavitt My feet almost begin to move on their own. It’s just a natural instinct as the music seeps from my cushioned headphones into my ears and around my skull. It’s like the notes just keep bouncing around in my body – down […]

Big’s Big Goodbye

Big’s Big Goodbye

By Jackie Leavitt Alex Conde, a bartender at Big, leans from behind the bar, sticks a match into the white, melting candle next to me on the granite-and-wood counter, and brings the flame under a piece of orange peel, causing a miniature fire explosion from […]

Laptop Love Affair

Laptop Love Affair

By Jackie Leavitt Vaguely, I feel Jackie pull me across the bed, turn my still-sleeping face to her. She pokes me – just once – and I feel myself slowly come to life. My brain starts whirling, and I groggily mumble at her, not making […]

New Orleans, the Summer Flame

New Orleans, the Summer Flame

By Jackie Leavitt New Orleans is like someone you wish you could date. It’s a bright flash of instant, head-over-heals infatuation from the heat that relaxes you, and the art and music that inspires you. It’s beautiful and intriguing, with slightly gritty and dark sides. […]