Interwoven Roads

Interwoven Roads

Finding common threads and silver linings
Hello and welcome. I'm Michelle White. I am passionate about the world at large – and finding connections that make it seem small. Whether crafted to make a destination almost-tangible, grow business, or promote a cause, my writing seeks to reveal, relate and inspire.
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Why Travel
Why Travel
I was born in Los Angeles, and moved to the east coast...
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Why Music
Why Music
Music is my greatest mood enhancer, available to elevate and soothe, lift...
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Why Food
Why Food
My parents say that I was born with a formidable appetite, and...
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Why Yoga
Why Yoga
Yoga is my church of choice. It is where I set intentions,...
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Dine Around the World Within a Few Brooklyn Blocks

What do pizza served by Dominicans, Algerian falafel, Trini jerk fish, Moroccan Israeli breakfast, a kosher Jewish deli, and Polish pierogies have in common? Besides incredible flavor (the examples I have in mind), they’re all available within a few square blocks that reward you with landmark meals in an already …

Acclimating in the Dominican Republic, Off the Beaten Path

When most people hear about the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is the obvious destination, where resorts abound along beautiful beaches. Nothing against the obvious. But I wanted to get off the beaten path, in Samaná. This northeastern province is known for prolific nature, from secluded beaches to tangled mangroves, and …

250 Ideas for Cooking with 10 Fresh Herbs

It’s no secret in today’s world that our mental and physical capacities are highly interconnected. Perhaps especially in southern California, I often encounter people with dietary restrictions, whether self-imposed or doctor-dictated to enhance health. Personally, I am a happy omnivore. I like everything in moderation, including, occasionally, moderation. I prefer …

Last Dance with Tom Petty

On the night of September 25, 2017, more than 17,000 music fans filed into the Hollywood Bowl for the last stop of the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 40th anniversary tour. The show culminated a third sold-out night at the Bowl and the group’s 53rd concert played around the US …

An Angeleno in Côte d’Azur

One way that I reconcile my hefty wanderlust with a demanding corporate job is to make the very most of work travel – whether in this case to the French Riviera, or more commonly, domestically. For instance, when my company was owned by 3M, my job occasionally took me to the …

When It Rains in LA

Southern California has a Mediterranean climate, meaning dry summers and rainy winters. Except it’s been awhile since we’ve received much rain in Los Angeles in the winter. Last year was incredibly mild, and it seemed I only had a week to wear my possibly excessive collection of boots, while repeatedly …

Nuts, Balls, and the Panic and Joy of Improvisation

I have a confession. I have the sense of humor of a 12-year-old boy. Maybe younger, with how fast kids seem to be growing up these days. Recently, seeing the name “Jimmy Johnson” on a business document made me smirk – that is what stood out to be, not the …

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Most long-standing relationships go through ebbs and flows. Sometimes I feel like I should be farther along in my yoga practice, having taken my first class over a decade ago. But it’s really in the past few years that my discipline, appreciation, and strength in the practice have deepened. As …

Spice Me Up: Soups of Southeast Asia

“Spice me up” is a tactic I employed over a week in Los Angeles after making it through the winter perfectly healthy (yes, we have winter, I wore boots for a week or so) and then landing a springtime cold. Luckily it never set in too strongly, as I could …

LA “Night of Afro Roots Vibrations” Celebrates Unity

Angelenos who stayed local for the 2015 Memorial Day Weekend were in for a rare treat of West African music in downtown LA, with the trifecta of renowned Ghanaian reggae artist/activist Rocky Dawuni, Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate (bridging New York, the UK and Guinea), and KCRW DJ Glenn Red all …

No Activities under the Tree

When my job recently summoned me on a business trip to Tampa, FL, naturally, I flew early into Charleston, SC (some 700 miles away, as my confused boss calculated), along with a like-minded colleague, to explore the indulgent bounty of the southeast. One of our South Carolina stops was the …