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Singapore’s Changi Airport

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Singapore’s Changi Airport is not just another airport. It is a destination onto itself. It’s Oz, the Emerald City, minus the wizard and witch. A self-contained oasis for travelers. The only place in the world…

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Farewell Flying Trapeze Catcher

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Last May, I stood aloft on the trapeze platform at Circus Warehouse in New York, holding the trapeze bar, my body tense, my breath shallow with fear, my voice squeaky as I called out, “Lista.” I…

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Thanksgiving: Feeling Grateful

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November has always been the toughest month of the year for me. In the Northeast, where I grew up and now live, November heralds cold weather, shrinking daylight, bare trees. When I lived in San…

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Pakistan: It’s Complicated

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 “It’s not even a country, you know, it’s a fucking acronym.” — Homeland’s fictional CIA Director Andrew Lockhart referring to Pakistan. Showtime’s soapy series Homeland is probably not the best source of information on U.S. policy…

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Ode to Gus

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A tarot card reader told me Gus considered himself a singer. He wasn’t barking at me when I came home, he was serenading me. Despite his abandonment issues, he wasn’t yelping each time I left our…

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Tales of Love in India and New York

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For my first trip to India, my expectations were low. Friends who’d traveled extensively warned me against going there. “You’ll kill someone,” Charlane said. “The first man who grabs your breast—you’ll beat to him to death.”…

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Life Lessons Learned from Dogs

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If Lucy were a person, she’d be medicated—Zoloft, Xanax, Valium. She’d be in psychotherapy two-three times a week, multiple 12-Step programs. She’d have all sorts of labels—anxiety and borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive, misophoniac, mean…

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Flying Happy, Joyous, & Free

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“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life…”—Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird) Yesterday, in trapeze class, I worked on my layout—a…

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Vegan Tips for Beginners

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Before following a vegan diet, I suffered from a number of chronic health conditions—constipation, sinus infections, low energy—even long after giving up eating land animals. Instead of energizing me, each meal I ate was enervating….

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Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

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The residents of Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, a farm animal rescue, rehabilitation, and shelter located amid the Endless Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania, do not arrive at their new home because life had been good to them….

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