There is no sight more gratifying to me than the open road, for the open road allows the body to wander and the mind to wonder. It offers an escape for the imagination and a way of life governed by freedom and fueled by curiosity.
February 23, 2024
There is no sight more gratifying to me than the open road, for the open road allows the body to wander and the mind to […]
February 9, 2024
January 26, 2024
Shortly after returning to the San Francisco Bay Area for winter break, I received a curious invitation from an old friend of mine at Stanford. An ornithologist, he was organizing a birding trip to the Sacramento Valley to show our high school biology teacher and her fiancé the birds of the Pacific Flyway, most notably its geese, herons and cranes. With wanderlust — that burgeoning restlessness born out of youth, curiosity and an addiction for adventure — and an excuse to explore more of my home state, I decided to join. Accompanied by a mutual friend from Princeton, the three of us set off. Our primary objective was to hit a series of birding spots on the road to Colusa, a town in the Sacramento Valley roughly 120 miles north of San Francisco, where we were going to meet the rest of our party.
January 19, 2024
California, as Frank Sinatra once sang, is “a land that paradise could well be jealous of.” To the thespian, it is where stars achieve immortality […]
November 30, 2023
It was a cold autumn day in the middle of November. The leaves were falling, and the days grew shorter. A crowd of 2,000 spectators […]
November 17, 2023
It is midnight on a warm weekend in November. The clouds sail sleepily by your window. The shadows of leaves dance on the wall. The lights are low, and the room is illuminated by starlight and the screen in front of you. You have a remote on one hand, and someone special on the other. And you wonder, as the screen loads, about what movie the two of you should watch. You ponder for a while, considering the options in your mind after a voice by your side tells you to decide.
November 9, 2023
Pleasant, persistent and pleasurable. These are the characteristics of any earworm: a song, tune or melody that reverberates constantly in one’s mind. An earworm can […]
November 3, 2023
If I traveled back in time to have dinner with one individual, I would sit in a cornered booth at Patsy’s on 56th Street in […]
October 13, 2023
Gleaming trinkets suspended from store fronts. Savory scents emanating from food stalls. Clacking carriage wheels on cobblestones. These were the sights, smells and sounds that […]
October 6, 2023
Yale’s cultural groups organized a variety of events last week, from a “Moonlight Mingle” to a movie screening, to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.
October 2, 2023