Equal Parts Homebody, Equal Parts Adventurer

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!

Quilting: Finding My Crafty

The Need to Craft  In 2015, I went through my lowest mental moment.  It had been a rough year in grad school: qualifying exams, first major research trip, first fellowship cycle, and dissertation proposal all just spiraled together to create a total existential storm in my brain.  After putting a lot of work into my… Continue reading Quilting: Finding My Crafty

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