Equal Parts Homebody, Equal Parts Adventurer

May 23: Surgery

May of 2022 will perhaps go down in history as one of the impactful months of my life. To sum up, I started the month in Bloomington after a quick visit to see some of my BTown loves. About a week or so later, I went to NYC for a conference, and ended that trip… Continue reading May 23: Surgery

Upsurges of Grief

Perhaps unsurprisingly, I’ve been thinking about my mom a lot lately, with the impending celebration of Mother’s Day and my upcoming surgery. Since she died 5 years ago, any time big personal changes loomed on the horizon I have felt that familiar swell of emotion that seems to be located somewhere between my stomach and… Continue reading Upsurges of Grief


As you may know, I have been working toward having a gastric bypass for almost 2 years now. Finally, I have a date for my surgery, and it will take place in late May. I’ve decided to answer some questions here that I have been asked often since deciding to go through surgery, and a… Continue reading IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING!

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.

Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad

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© Charlotte Forstall, 2021