In which I spent days at the hazardous waste center…

My story “Hazardous Waste Collection Center’s Kurt Seaburg keeps things running smoothly” was published on the front page of the Gainesville Sun today.

I had so much fun hanging out at the center and getting to know Seaburg. Everyone there is always laughing! I hope that friendly, lighthearted character shines through in the piece.


Pants on fire! Politifact’s guide to Thanksgiving dinner

Facts! They’re real! They exist!

When your crazy uncle starts spouting off on his latest political rant, you can thoughtfully engage him with Politifact’s guide to Thanksgiving dinner. Or you can do what I do and practice your best poker face and your noncommittal “hmms.” Or you can gather the rest of your weird family and start an all-out brawl.

The girl who feels no pain

“The girl who feels no pain was in the kitchen, stirring ramen noodles, when the spoon slipped from her hand and dropped into the pot of boiling water.”

What I’m reading today: The Hazards of Growing Up Painlessly, a New York Times Magazine piece on a girl with a genetic mutation that renders her unable to feel pain. A UF physician, Dr. Roland Staud, makes a cameo.

Here’s the story behind the story: an interview with the writer.

For young grads, it’s long leap from college to career

What I’m reading today: For young grads, it’s long leap from college to career

This is the first of a three-part series by Lane DeGregory. She focuses on three recent graduates of New College of Florida, a public liberal arts honors college in Sarasota, Fla., to tell the story of something that’s on a lot of our minds lately — finding good jobs after graduation.

“She packed quickly that week, clearing out her childhood room: boots and jackets, a family photo, a new camera her parents bought so they could see her new life.
She didn’t pack her diploma.”

Photos of RFK mourners lining the train tracks

This is another gem we studied in my visual journalism class today.

PROCESSION: After Kennedy’s funeral in New York the morning of June 8, 1968, his body was transported to Washington. Mourners, about a million by some estimates, lined the tracks, and the trip, usually about four hours, took twice that long. Photo by Paul Fusco.Watch this three-minute slideshow and listen as photographer Paul Fusco describes his famous series shot from the train carrying Robert F. Kenney’s body from New York City to Washington, D.C. He was shocked to find so many Americans, about a million by some estimates, saluting Kennedy’s procession. The journey usually lasts four hours, but because of the mourners lining the tracks it took twice that long.

“It was eight hours of just constant flood of emotion,” Fusco said.

His photos captured the way people felt about RFK, and his photos document that history in a way words cannot. I always wonder what might have been if RFK hadn’t been shot in ’68…

The Way Home: Returning to the National Parks


“Although our national parks belong to all Americans, it’s a sad fact that very few people of color ever set foot in some of our country’s most beautiful places.”

We watched this multimedia piece by the National Parks Conservation Association in my visual journalism class today. Not only is it an example of a well done video, it’s also about so many things I love — history, social justice, nature, healing. And it’s illuminating for me as a TRiP leader, because our outdoor adventure organization struggles to attract people of color and other people historically marginalized for various reasons.
Learn more about efforts to bring more diverse visitors to the parks.