Animal advocate, traveler, and bibliophile. Lover of all things dark and romantic.
The Invisible Man
Today, I talked to an invisible man. No, not the type found in an H.G. Wells book. But, still, an invisible man. He wasn’t always invisible. Sometimes I would see him at the grocery store, pushing a cart down the cereal aisle, checking out at the register, or loading shopping bags into the basket of his flashy, lime-green scooter outside. Just another regular. But after a while, as I looked closer, I began to notice that his outline blurred at the edges, his image hazy like a poorly developed Polaroid. I had to blink once or twice, thinking my eyes were failing.
The Prize Bull
I've been in storage for almost a quarter-century inside this dusty warehouse. To my left is a pinball machine manufactured by D. Gottlieb & Co. The glass top is cracked, and I'm sure most of the buzzers and lights haven't worked since Reagan was in office. To my right is a rusty 1959 Seeburg jukebox, and if I could flip through the playlist, I know there'd be the old standbys like Rock Around the Clock, Don't Be Cruel, and The Yellow Rose of Texas. I remember those songs spilling out of the soda shop that was right across the street from me.
A Late-Bloomer's Coming of Age
“Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.” ― Roman Payne Coming of age. Growing up. Reaching adulthood. It happens at different ages, depending on the culture. As a perpetual late-bloomer, it truly didn’t happen for me until my early twenties. Even though I’d lived on my own intermittently from the age of 18, there was always the safety net of being near my hometown. I knew people and could ask for help if the need arose.
A Plant-Based Road Trip through England and Scotland
“Veganism is not a sacrifice, it’s a joy.” Gary L. Francione The United Kingdom is a perfect travel destination for a vegan. Never on the two-week road trip from London to Edinburgh was there a shortage of plant-based food. I quite literally ate my way through London, Bath, the Cotswolds, Stratford-Upon-Avon, the Lake District, Loch Lomond, Inverness, and Edinburgh.