South Korea Dreaming

Let’s be frank. Part of the fun of traveling is getting away from your normal and leaving some people behind (Sorry, guys). And yet, the other fun in traveling is meeting up with those friends you haven’t seen in days, months, and years! And this is what draws me to South Korea. I mean the culture sounds awesome: polite, delicious food, low crime rate, etc. But all of this would be made a million times better by getting to see...
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A Thanksgiving Prayer

I don’t know what to say this Thanksgiving. It’s possible that I’m too hung up on being different, unique, and original. I want to be thankful for something that no one else thinks to be thankful for. I tend to think of myself as the anti-thesis to the competitive spirit; yet, on Thanksgiving, I notice it’s as though everyone is trying to out-thank each other—even me. It’s a chance to boast about career success, new house situation, or their family....
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8 Tips to Surviving a Solo Road Trip

First thing first, check your oil. Your gas mileage will be better if you have fresh oil or so the men in my life tell me! A bottle of water Google maps print out, Atlas of the area you’ll be driving through, GPS. Basically all the things that will help you get to your destination and get unlost if you happen to get lost. Favorite foods! A while back, I asked on my Facebook page for your favorite travel foods....
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11 Things I should Have Packed for the Dominican Republic

I had the honor of living with a Dominican Republic family for three months while in college to learn Spanish and to gain some life experience. Having grown up loving Spanish, I expected to love any culture that spoke the language. And I do have many good memories from that time. I also had many moments of culture shock. The below list is one that I formed after being in the Dominican Republic for a month or so. These are...
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Catching Sight of Atlanta’s Autumn

I spent a week outside of Atlanta, Georgia, for a conference and retreat from my normal life a couple of weeks ago. The onset of fall and the golden glory of the world greeted me every morning. A part of me is convinced that they sky was created just for me. But I can’t help but wonder why I was not given wings. I know that this might not be how you might usually think of Atlanta, Georgia, but that’s...
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I have a love affair with winter.

[image from here] I don’t consider myself to be a poet, and I rarely enjoy poetry unless by some long-dead great. But every once in a while (this means like every couple years), I let myself dabble in poetry. Here’s my favorite (and probably the best) poem that I’ve ever written.   I have a love affair with winter. His breath puts color in my cheek And sends a shiver down my spine. His character is anything but meek. Coolly,...
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“I’d Want To Be Seen.”

I think sometimes we make helping others a bigger performance than it needs to be, like if you’re not donating blood or volunteering at the homeless shelter three days a week, then you aren’t actually making a difference. I’m not dissing the people who are doing these things because it’s great that they are! We need people to do these. But sometimes, lending a hand looks more like lending an ear or lending your voice. It’s taking a moment to invest...
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Looking Forward and Backwards: 25 Questions

With the coming of the end of the year, I decided to brush off my end of the year questions now. I pulled out my answers for 2013 and looked over them because I wondered if I was going to need to hurry up and begin working on some changes in these last two months of 2014. We all know that December is the crazy month with November being its own version of pre-crazy. There is not time for anything...
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Dream Accomplished: Vienna

When people inevitably ask where I want to travel, my standard answer is, “Everywhere—I want to see the world.” After a while, I began to think I should actually have some sort of goal list to help me actually go places. Vienna was not on that short list; actually, I can’t remember what cities were because I’ve misplaced that list. But within the past year, I’ve been to Vienna, Austria, twice. One time with my mother for a week and...
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Touring Pittsburgh with Barbara

If I were to take you around Pittsburgh, home of the Steelers and more bridges than Venice, I would tell you, “This is a tour according to Barbara. It will lack substantial facts of the city, but it will be filled with giggles, heart-to-hearts, and silly voices.” First, you and I would ditch whatever mode of transportation we entered the city in, whether car, train, or bus. To really see a city, you must take to the streets. Shoes tied...
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