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Learning to Fly, Learning to Live

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On the day I flew without safety lines for the first time, it was a Tuesday morning in April, the San Francisco cerulean sky stretching cloudless above the Bay Bridge as I drove to Trapeze…

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The Shaman of Port Authority

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I stand in front of Port Authority in New York, bundled in fleece and faux down, scarf wrapped up to my chin, clutching a Starbucks, contemplating how to kill two hours before my flying trapeze…

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The Game of Life

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Mark left when the snow arrived. He’d shown up in Scranton last spring, his California tan ruddied from his time on the streets, his hard luck story on a constant loop. Each week he bore…

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Inspiration: Writing

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Inspiration—Origin: Middle English (in the sense “divine guidance”); via Old French from Late Latin. Literally, in spirit. My favorite piece of my writing—a poem—sucks. It’s juvenile, which is appropriate, since I wrote it when I…

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Cutest Dog in the World FAQ

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Life with the cutest dog in the world—JuJu—comes with drawbacks. The cutest dog in the world tends to attract a lot of attention. Out on walks, everyone wants to greet him, pet him, ask questions…

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My Twitter Crush

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A new follower on Twitter intrigues me. I’m a discerning Twitter follower. Just because you follow me, doesn’t mean I’ll follow you back. The last thing I need is my Twitter feed clogged up with a…

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If Gemma Teller Were on Instagram

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“You never heart my posts on Instagram,” a dear friends complains. “I heart you in person,” I counter, perplexed. “I heart the hell out of you.” I think of the many ways I heart her,…

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Happy Thanksgiving

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When a friend and I trekked in the Indian Himalayas a few years ago, the two words we most frequently uttered were thank you. Thank you, porters, for pitching our tent. Thank you for cooking…

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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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Letting Go of My Catcher: Flying Trapeze

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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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