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Essays + Commentary

Essays

 
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UP AND AROUND: WHY A GLOBETROTTING ENTREPRENEUR TURNED TO ROCK CLIMBING | Outdoors (Print/Online) - Apr 24, 2017

"On the wall, shifting my weight from one foot to the other, inching my fingertips to the farthest reach of my wingspan, I was grateful for the temporary shrinking of my world to only my body and the vertical surface before it. In those moments of flow, when I let instinct silence my overthinking mind, I realized how limited my previous notions of travel had been. Even as my sphere of awareness shrank, all I had to do was shift my gaze to the magnificent vistas behind and below me to remember the vastness and diversity of the world—well beyond the human artifacts that had previously fascinated me." Read more...

Downtown Kabul. Eileen Guo (c) 2008. 

Downtown Kabul. Eileen Guo (c) 2008. 

PARTICIPANT - OBSERVER | The Seventh Wave - Dec. 15 2016 (Issue 4 x Prose)

"Unlike in Afghanistan, a democracy in its infancy, where even dirty politics were brightened by a veneer of hope, I saw American democracy as stable but stagnant. I was turned off by images of politicians with fixed grins pontificating from quickly mantled and dismantled stages, perfectly coiffed talking heads whose main qualification were how far removed they were from reality, Occupy-style protestors, always in some other city, disorganized and clamoring for some impossible change." Read more...