A Homerun For Camden, New Jersey

Things that North Camden, NJ, is known for: drugs, poverty, and a devastating murder rate (12 times the national average at last survey). Things that North Camden, NJ, will soon be known for, if Bryan Morton has anything to do with it? Just one: Little League. The 42-year-old resident, a born-and-raised local, started playing baseball with the neighborhood kids around the same time that the city, faced with mountainous debt, decided to lay off about half it’s police force.

Sticker Shock

“You’re feeling what?” my friend asked.

“Sticker shock,” I repeated, as if the phrase were its own explanation. “You know, when you’re shocked at the price of something.” [byline]

I was holding a mango and gesturing to the sign behind it: “MangS” (what?), $3.49/each.

Traveling Without a Plan or a Budget

I’m in Croatia, and it’s four in the morning. I have nowhere to sleep. I haven’t changed my clothes in five days, which is fine because I don’t actually have any other clothes to change into. This is all part of the money saving plan. Don’t book places to stay—just meet people. Don’t buy clothes—just smell bad.

The Way I Get By: Confessions of a Flight Attendant’s Daughter

I have luck with just one thing in life, but it’s a big thing: planes. As in, I’m always, somehow, against all odds, managing to get on them.

Let me explain. My Mom is a flight attendant and one of the perks of the gig is that her family members can fly for free, so long as they fly in space available seats — those never purchased or that belong to people who, for one reason or another, never show up. Since most flights are oversold versus ever having empty seats, I’m usually in the morally compromising position of betting on other people’s bad luck; hoping, but trying not to hope, that somebody will miss their connection or get stuck in security, so I can take their spot.