Woman Wanderer: Foreign Correspondent Nellie Bly

How many times have you been told you can’t do something because you’re a girl? I still remember taunts from schoolyard peers and sharp corrections from family members, reminders received (if not really understood) about what I should be like—of how I should behave.

I’m one of the lucky ones, of course, not having basic things denied from me based on my gender. And I know my list of memories shrinks compared to the harsh examples many others face.

Women Wanderer: Ocean Explorer Sylvia Earle

Love mermaids? Me, too. I remember getting a copy of The Little Mermaid one Easter—and the blur of re-watching its’ namesake Disney princess under grand, wild waters.

My seven-year-old self never knew a betrayal quite like when Ariel traded her fins for legs. Why would you give up the entire ocean for some boy? (For the record, that one still baffles me.)

What Do We Do Now?

A lot has been said about Trump's  win, and for awhile I decided I wasn't going to chip in. Wise, impassioned stuff—the kind of stuff that makes you nod while you read it—was everywhere, and I didn't know what to add, other than a "YES" in all caps under my brother's Facebook posts.

The One Unexpected Experience That Sums Up Beijing

I've said before that China, especially Beijing, feels like a crush of energy coming at you from all sides. It's life being thrown directly in your face: You see cars cut traffic by mounting the sidewalk, veering around vendor's carts full of fruits so different they don't have an english name. It's raw, messy, vibrant and beautiful. 

Why I Packed a Bag and Ran Away From Everything

Don't run from your problems. It's a maxim I (try) to live by, hardening my shoulders against the things life throws at me, And while walking the line between facing things head on and not being too direct lands me in the occasional stumble, it's a way of life that's almost always served me well.

Except, of course, for when it hasn't.