High-flying Editor-in-Chief Karen Hawkins named this column after taking a day job with four days a week of travel all over the country. While she hasn't been traveling yet, she still has lots to say. These are her stories.

My First Love

Karen Hawkins
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I can't remember how old I was the first time I interviewed someone. Seven? Eight? The subject also remains fuzzy, but it was undoubtedly one of my grandparents, graciously answering my nosy questions with a feigned formality that made me feel, even then, like a real reporter. What I also can remember is the weight in my hands of that, by today's standards, massive tape   Read more 

Business Travel Bingo!

Karen Hawkins
Sunday, June 09, 2013
Get five across, down or diagonally, and you win! And remember, you can't win if you don't play... In high-flyin'/don't hate the player, hate the game Rebellion, Karen  Read more 

Why you should never check the weather when traveling to India in May....

Karen Hawkins
Friday, May 10, 2013
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What state are you in?

Karen Hawkins
Monday, April 29, 2013
It’s a question I’m hearing with alarming regularity these days, and I’ll admit it’s a pretty fair one. I’ve been to five states in the first four months of this year: Illinois (where the media Rebellion lives); Arizona (where a high school bestie and her hilarious family live); Washington (where my lovely and talented girlfriend lives); Nevada (what ha  Read more 

Vegas, baby: A tale told in tweets (because I'm too tipsy to type)

Karen Hawkins
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
[View the story "Vegas, baby" on Storify (//] Vegas, baby A Storifycation (is that a word?) of my trip to Vegas so far... Storified by Rebellious Magazine For Women (· Tue, Apr 09 2013 18:28:41 #DailyRebellion: Don't pay full price; bring a flask. #VegasRebellious Magazine #DailyRebellion: Why do you need to k  Read more 

Warmin' the Bench

Karen Hawkins
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Greetings from The Bench! The bench? Ah yes, it's a magical place where consultants are sent when they, like me, are "between projects." The bench is wherever you want it to be. It's kind of like Oz. But the munchkins are pastries, not people. I landed on the bench because my first project has ended, and my second hasn't started yet. It all means I have an embarrassingly lu  Read more 

Against gay marriage? Don't have one.

Karen Hawkins
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
When I came out more than 15 years ago, gay marriage felt like merely a twinkle in the community's eye. The federal "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) had been passed a few years before, and those radicals in Vermont hadn't yet created the compromise of "civil unions," a phenomenon that's always been confusing to me both legally and linguistically. (Afterward, are couples civil union  Read more 

Gays in Go-Karts

Karen Hawkins
Monday, March 18, 2013
Last week I wrote about seeing Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, an experience I found so moving I felt compelled to share it. This week, I had an experience that was moving (groan) in a different way, and it's just hilarious enough that I feel compelled, again, to share: I went go-karting. With gays. In the suburbs. On a Thursday night. Let me 'splain. A dear friend recently turne  Read more 

5 reasons to go see Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

Karen Hawkins
Monday, March 11, 2013
For as many years as I can remember, my mother has taken my sister and I to see Alvin Ailey Dance Theater for the company's annual swing through Chicago at the Auditorium Theatre. It's something I look forward to every year, and for the past few years, I've taken the tradition off my mother's hands and bought us all tickets for Christmas. We went to the matinee performance Sunday, and wh  Read more 

Happy (fill in bad-ass woman here) Day!

Karen Hawkins
Monday, March 04, 2013
As I was wandering around downtown the other day, I did a double-take at the "we're going to be closed Monday" signs on the doors of several public buildings. Oh, right. Casimir Pulaski Day. Don't get me wrong: I don't have anything against Casimir Pulaski. In fact, every year I have to be reminded who in the world he is ( Bu  Read more