Uh-STIR ; adjective 1. Moving or stirring, especially with much activity or excitement. 2. Up and about; out of bed. Not many places thrill my heart quite like Western North Carolina. Asheville is astir with kind folks off to hike to mountains, strong coffee to fuel them, and organic restaurants to sustain them. I livedContinue reading “astir.”


\ gluht \  , noun;  an excessive supply or amount; surfeit. a full supply. an act of glutting or the state of being glutted. verb: to feed or fill to satiety; sate. to feed or fill to excess; cloy. What an appropriate word for the beginning of my road trip. It’s an interesting thing that happens to my brain when I get on the road: I suddenly want hot tamales for breakfast, sweet tea and biscuits forContinue reading “glut.”


\ koj-i-TEY-shuhn \  , noun;  concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation. the faculty of thinking. a thought; design or plan. I admire those who share their deep cogitations. Even cleverly shallow cogitations are admirable to me. I’m currently in Raleigh, NC with friends from college. It’s freezing cold so we sit by the fire, Aaron brings us hot cocoa, and we laugh along to the jokes we’veContinue reading “cogitation.”


\ in-kyoo-NAB-yuh-luh, ing- \  , noun;  the earliest stages or first traces of anything. extantcopies of books produced in the earliest stages (before 1501) of printing from movable Help exchange (working a few hours a day in exchange for housing and food) makes traveling so affordable. I wish I had known about it sooner. I spent less money monthly while I was working my way through New Zealand than I did while living in Asheville. Through help exchange, IContinue reading “incunabula.”