Laughter is good for the soul

While it may seem surprising, one of the most unexpected things I have experienced on this trip is the power of laughter. It wasn’t until Wednesday evening, after having completed two focus groups with my teammate and listening to myself on a tape recording as I transcribed the discussion (a very odd and humbling experience…

To ask or not to ask…that is the question.

Welcome to the 2015 PHAST trip to South Texas! One of the few places left in the continental United States that is currently not experiencing below-freezing (or in many cases sub-zero) temperatures. As a native of Ann Arbor I am no stranger to winter, but having lived in Washington, D.C. during the six years prior…

Brown Girl in Brownsville

Brown Girl In Brownsville Stepping out of the airplane after spending hours en route to Harlingen, Texas was nothing short of glorious relief. The warmth of the Texas sun reintroduced me to the beauty of green grass, blue skies and trees not encased in snow. What a wonderful change! A short lived change, as the…