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We Should All Be Wearing Cloth Masks, And Here’s Why

Legal Nomads began in 2008 as a travel site, and during the subsequent decade it morphed into a travel and food site as I lived around the world. Then, it shifted into a place to share the reckoning and grief that accompanied an abrupt life change. These days, it remains a place to share my thoughts on what’s going on around us, even if now we are all...

I’m In The Vulnerable Class for COVID-19. A Plea To Take This Virus Seriously.

A friend of mine recently texted me in a fury. “Someone just posted on FB that we’re doing things to stop the virus only because it’s going to ‘hurt old people’s feelings’ if we don’t,” he said. His mother has respiratory issues and thus falls into the “older person vulnerable to the new coronavirus” category, as do many others. Like me. And I can...

The Legal Nomads 2019 Gift Guide: Art and Jewelry

I did my first ever holiday gift guide for travelers a few years ago, which was fun to compile. Readers seemed to enjoy the various items, and I was happy to share some of the products that accompanied me on the road. This year, I wanted to do something a little different. For starters, my life is a little different – something all of you already know....

On Turning 40 With An Ancient Heart

In February, I realized that I was no longer sleeping well. On the rare nights that I did rest, my tracker said I went into only 20 minutes of deep sleep a night total. Plus, the hours of light or REM sleep that I did have were punctuated with awful nightmares. After a particularly rough stretch of ugly darkness, my friend Naomi asked to chat one night...

A Eulogy for my Grandfather

A few years after my grandmother died, I joined my mother and brother to visit her grave. Her remains are located in a crowded cemetery, one that has different markers to guide mourners to the right place. After visiting a different relative, my mum got turned around and could not get us back to my grandmother. My mum is a blisteringly smart woman,...

CSF Leak Update: Learning to be the Tortoise, Not the Hare

I’ve received many very similar emails and DMs during the last few days. “Jodi…?” the messages start out. “I don’t want to bother you but it has been a long time since you posted, and I’m really starting to worry.” “Jodi: blink twice if you’re ok?” “Jodi, here is a llama walking into an optometrist’s office in France. I thought of you! Also, ARE...

Global Group Meditations for Legal Nomads Readers

I am still leaking cerebrospinal fluid after six weeks of bedrest, so I am now waiting on my appointment at Duke for blood patching later this autumn. It’s been a big mental challenge to have participated in society again for six months after working so hard in tandem with my doctors to get sealed. Months of careful movement and research later, I was...

An Unfortunate Spinal Tap Update: Leaking Again

After nine months of working so hard to stay sealed, and marking incredible progress with you along the way, I have releaked. When working on getting sealed, I explained here and on social media that the stakes were quite high, as a wrong move could re open the CSF leak that took so many patches to seal. For many, the body can withstand the uncertainties...

Thrillable Hours: Peter J. Kim, Executive Director of the Museum of Food and Drink

Welcome back to Thrillable Hours, my interview series about alternative jobs for lawyers.  I have been sitting on this and other Thrillable Hours interviews during my recovery, and I am excited to get back to them. I have received emails from quite a few readers who were concerned that I might abandon my “life after law” series given my limited time...

10 Years of Legal Nomads: Favourite Posts from A Decade of Nomadic Living

My initial plan for a 10-year anniversary celebration was a big party in my then-home of Oaxaca. When it became apparent that my food-filled bash would be impossible, I thought I would share the writing and photography that brought me the most joy over the years. Today marks one year from the spinal tap that changed my life. In what was easily the...

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