Erin Keeps Moving
I've moved 33 times in 42 years, across multiple countries. I have been known to learn things the hard way. Former archaeologist, currently on an adventure. I write a little bit of everything.
Queen Katherine's Ghost
Liam stood outside the White Tower, soaked to the bone. The rose in his hand felt more conspicuous than ever. It had been a foolish affectation for a first date. Especially for someone who had never turned up. He texted Mia one last time, shielding his phone from the rain. But there was still no response. There was nothing left to do but leave.
Cake by Combat: Sprinkles of Doom
Miranda held the gold letter in her shaking hands. This could not be happening. The private messenger stood outside, waiting to escort her to the black sedan with a gold cake and crossed swords on the door. It was all too real. She had been selected to participate in Cake by Combat.
Feeling Helpless About the Climate Crisis?
Whether it’s devastating drought or destructive flooding, the news these days is full of terrifying imagery. Maybe it’s the stress of the pandemic we’re still living through, but the climate crisis has never felt more immediate. While governments wrangle and lobbyists try to push the blame to another industry it feels like we’re making no headway at all. It’s understandable that many of us find ourselves wringing our hands, feeling like there’s nothing we can do. But here’s the thing…
Go, Go, Goshawk!
Jake Johansson sat on his damp sleeping bag reading through the long list of panicked texts his mom had sent the night before. Top of list: “Forget the old barn and COME HOME!”
The Shark Strikes at Midnight
Picture the scene: It’s dark like a noir film. I’m in my underpants, standing on my bed, staring in horror at the recently slammed door. In other words, waiting for the shark to strike. Or knock. That might be worse.
Embracing My Gray
I found my first gray hair when I was still in my teens. The women in my family have always grayed early and always dyed to cover it. It was just accepted that I would follow the same path. No one in the family rocks naturally gray hair. It would be like admitting defeat, to admit that you were aging.
Skordalia in Cyprus
It was almost twenty years ago that I was a college student on excavation in Cyprus and I can still taste the skordalia. Cyprus sits at a crossroads in the Mediterranean. Both the archaeology and the cuisine reflect this constant layering of culture. As a center for trade in the ancient world, you could find Phoenician pottery, Egyptian stone, and Roman glass. In the modern world, you can find traditional Greek dishes, Middle Eastern spices, and classic British fare.
Twig and Squirrel
May 10th . North of Denver I’d been hiding out in the ruins of Fort Collins for months when I first met Twig. It was stupid of me to stay so close to the Denver Haven, but my mom and sister were there. I wasn’t allowed to see them, but I still felt safer knowing they were near. It made me feel less alone.