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3 Years Later, A Surprising Reunion with Something Important

A few weeks into December, I received a message in my “requests” folder on Facebook. I didn’t know it at the time, since it was buried in Facebook purgatory. It was only a month later that I thought to check my requests inbox. I found the following message. Hi, you don’t know me, but we found a backpack with your credit cards in it on my roof in Park...

Life Updates: a Patreon, a New Newsletter, and a Site Redesign

It’s been a long while since I’ve written on Legal Nomads. When people ask how I’m doing, I’ve taken to saying, “I’m hanging in as best as I can.” What else can we all do? These are pretty unusual, extreme times, and honestly I’m just impressed with anyone who makes it through each day without cracking at least once. While I haven’t been writing much...

12 Years of Legal Nomads: Work, Gratitude, and the Challenge of the Present Moment

I’m late to my own party, but April 1, 2020 marked twelve years since I quit my job as a lawyer to travel the world. By now you guys know the drill: each year I wrote an annual update post for April 1st, about my state of mind and the state of my business. I’d usually also have a get together with friends to celebrate, wherever I was. In Saigon, it...

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...

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