Everything I Need to Know in Life I Learned as a Camp Counselor; or How to Be a Good Person

Apply sunscreen.  Carry a water bottle.  Demonstrate a passion for the activity you are instructing or facilitating. Be positive, supportive, entertaining, authoritative, and approachable—all at once, all day, every day.  Think of a time when you were young and someone

Everything I Need to Know in Life I Learned as a Camp Counselor; or How to Be a Good Person

Apply sunscreen.  Carry a water bottle.  Demonstrate a passion for the activity you are instructing or facilitating. Be positive, supportive, entertaining, authoritative, and approachable—all at once, all day, every day.  Think of a time when you were young and someone

Laowai! Part II: On My Own

The following story is the second installment in my longer piece, “Loawai!” a portfolio of stories from my travels in China.  To read the first part of “Laowai!” click here. I wake up.  Nothing.  No Mr. Li. No food. No

Laowai! Part II: On My Own

The following story is the second installment in my longer piece, “Loawai!” a portfolio of stories from my travels in China.  To read the first part of “Laowai!” click here. I wake up.  Nothing.  No Mr. Li. No food. No

The Charcoal Ceremony

For eighty-nine years, every summer has begun and ended the same way at Camp Abenaki. At dusk on the first night of camp, all the campers and all the staff go back to their cabins and wrap their shoulders in

The Charcoal Ceremony

For eighty-nine years, every summer has begun and ended the same way at Camp Abenaki. At dusk on the first night of camp, all the campers and all the staff go back to their cabins and wrap their shoulders in

Laowai!

The plane ride. It’s long but I get to watch movies. I don’t know whether or not I sleep because the same thoughts I have in my head invade my dreams. I make it to a hostel. Three days in Beijing partying with a sassy grad student and three dudes from England.

Laowai!

The plane ride. It’s long but I get to watch movies. I don’t know whether or not I sleep because the same thoughts I have in my head invade my dreams. I make it to a hostel. Three days in Beijing partying with a sassy grad student and three dudes from England.

Summer Starts Early

For me, summer started early this year. I got to camp a few days into the month of May. The only people here were Jeff, the long-time head of the sailing department, Kent, the director, and his brother Mark.

Summer Starts Early

For me, summer started early this year. I got to camp a few days into the month of May. The only people here were Jeff, the long-time head of the sailing department, Kent, the director, and his brother Mark.

A Place to Go Back To

In 1948, a chubby ten-year old from Philadelphia said goodbye to his parents and boarded a train for New England.  He spent the next two months at Camp Abenaki, as well as several subsequent summers after that first.  When he

A Place to Go Back To

In 1948, a chubby ten-year old from Philadelphia said goodbye to his parents and boarded a train for New England.  He spent the next two months at Camp Abenaki, as well as several subsequent summers after that first.  When he