With just two simple letters, “o” and “k”, my life would be forever changed. I can still remember the gentle, unrelenting nudge of my dear friend telling me I would be living in a national park with her that summer. I had never really ventured out of my sheltered existence so I cautiously, yet excitedly, agreed. That summer,…


I’ve been sick with it for as long as I can remember. I was stricken with the fever as a tiny child and have been plagued by its symptoms ever since, which range from the mild and manageable to the cruel and unusual: I can name every single flavor of tree shaped car air fresheners….