Posts By: Tyler Laing

Rules of the road: A hitchhiker’s christening

I stood there, straddling the white line that separated shoulder from highway, wondering whether I actually wanted to do this. The cloud cover broke and allowed the April sun to warm me from above. I closed my eyes, lifted my face toward the heat, and let that warmth soothe my doubt.  The air smelled of… Read more »

Liquid Diet: Mama . . . what?

On a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, I discovered the country’s national drink is called mamajuana. Yes, it sounds just like that — “mama wanna.” Now, I know what you’re thinking, because I thought the same thing: the Spanish pronunciation sounds oddly sexual to the English-honed ear. Something about the wanna, maybe. Turns out,… Read more »

What extreme or unusual things do you do to help you study?

“Sometimes when I’m really desperate to learn information in a short amount of time, I’ll just sort of walk around my apartment with my textbook balanced on my head, and … the concentration of balancing this textbook on your head helps take the information from the textbook and puts it just directly into your brain.”

Ringing in the festive beer

The author of Ecclesiastes made a fan out of me with the words, “I commend enjoyment,” for I, too, commend enjoyment. And just after this initial commendation comes the lasting legacy of Ecclesiastes: “there is nothing better for people under the sun than to eat, and drink, and enjoy themselves.”