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A California Sunday

A California Sunday

By Jackie Leavitt The train rocked gently, side to side, as it rolled north through the California suburbs. A gloom, a greyness, lingered over everything: the faded vinyl-covered houses, the hills parched from drought, the run-down corner stores yet to open, the flattened sky devoid […]

Building Meaningful Community with a Travel Lifestyle

Building Meaningful Community with a Travel Lifestyle

By Jackie Leavitt It can be difficult to build fresh communities and make friends in new locations. I found my new San Francisco friend group by meeting a man with a Scottish accent in an Irish bar. After being in the city for about a […]

The Point

The Point

By Jackie Leavitt I put the water bottle down on the sidewalk cement, illuminated in the fading gold light of the sun as it sinks closer to its set. The thermos does not contain water, but red wine bought the night before at a 7-Eleven […]

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. […]