It Wasn’t Until I Left the Reservation That I Understood My Purpose as a Navajo Storyteller

Straddling Two Worlds Scarred Me, Then Inspired Me

I am Diné, an American Indian. Not the Indian princess of a Disney movie, not the enemy combatant in a Western film, not the romantic, stoic relic of an old Edward Curtis photograph.

I was born and raised on the Navajo Tribal Reservation, where my grandparents plied traditional knowledge but at the same time shared with me the importance of a white man’s way of life. In this day and age, they told me, finding a balance between the two is crucial to your own path. But it wasn’t until I …

When I Say ‘Midlife,’ Don’t Think ‘Crisis’

We Need a Clear Ritual to Help Us Reckon With the Triumphs and Disappointments of Life Thus Far

I set out to write about those leaked “Panama Papers” that offered a titillating glimpse of how the world’s rich and infamous park their wealth in once secretive offshore safe …

Irvine, I Love You

My Hometown May Be Sterile and Boring, But It Made Me Hungry to Experience the Wider World

I am Irvine.

I grew up in Westpark, the neighborhood between Culver and Warner avenues a few miles north of where the 5 and 405 freeways meet. My first-grade classroom and …