One of the most empowering messages of my life was actually an attempt to seduce me.

At the height of my quarterlife crisis, I was living in Shanghai, at a mouse-and-roach infested hostel, next to one of the most fetid wet markets I’ve ever smelled in my life. We’re talking offal and fish guts perennially rotting in the street outside my door. I was broke. Technically…

You don’t need to be afraid to have this conversation with someone you love.

Years ago, I became a volunteer at a helpline that welcomed all types of calls. Our organization provided a variety of resources, from helping callers find addresses for local businesses to giving them contact details for support groups or healthcare providers of various kinds. Sometimes, people called just to chat…

When you’re in the wrong place for the right reasons, it’s hard to realize you should leave.

Nobody enters the ivory tower in search of fame, fortune, or sex appeal. The ivory tower doesn’t offer those things. (Well, true, smart people are sexy…) It does, however, offer the chance to make the world a better place; scholars generate insights that can improve the human condition — and…

Male honor codes that prioritize loyalty are archaic — and they hold equality back. You can do better.

Let’s start with a story about the many ways NOT to respond if a woman confides to you that your guy friend makes her feel preyed upon. Years ago, a friend — let’s call him “Rajeev” — was visiting my city when he struck up a friendship with a guy…

Here’s a secret: the poorest people are grateful for EVERYTHING.

One of the most memorable gifts of my life was a single strawberry. Eight years ago, I lived in China. I was renting a bunk in a 6-bed dorm, making micro-“meals” out of carefully-rationed candy, and doing things like charging a single biscotti periodically on a credit card at a…

One of the most breathtaking poets I’ve ever known was Chinese — with broken English

I always wished I had a multi-lingual inheritance, but we can’t all be so lucky.

I grew up in small-town U.S.A. On my mom’s side, only a handful of isolated phrases from impoverished, 19th-century rural Italian dialects survive. On my dad’s side, the most recently-shed mother tongue, Lithuanian, fell out…

You need to have compatible travel goals — but what does that actually mean?

Having good travel chemistry with someone can elevate a trip like nothing else. The flipside? If you aren’t navigating from compatible objectives, it can break your experience. I learned this the hard way: years ago, on a trip to Thailand, my travel buddy abruptly decided to fly home early —…

Laura Rosell

Love, sex, dreams, soul, adventure, healing, feeling. I kinda experience life as magical.

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