Book Recommendation: A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay

Book Recommendation: A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay

My list of favorite authors is a short one (although it’s beginning to grow). Katherine Reay is one of my absolute favorite authors (not to mention she’s a super nice lady, too). (p.s. I’m using affiliate links) Katherine Reay had me at Dear Mr. Knightley, and now, I mark all her book release dates on my calendar. I can depend on her to write an innovative story in the modern day with a twist into the past using authors of...
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Connecting With Family While Traveling: The Stone Lion

Connecting With Family While Traveling: The Stone Lion

Traveling far from family and friends can be difficult (adventurous and exciting, yes). But there are days where you just want to tackle-hug your brother or cuddle up on the couch with your sister for a cute movie. On those days, you need a way to connect with your loved ones, even when you’re far away. I don’t know what that will mean for you, but I can share what I did. It all started with a photo that my...
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Why You Should Travel To Russia (an interview)

Why You Should Travel To Russia (an interview)

Erin and I met through Pinterest at first, and then e-mail, and then in real life (when we lived, worked, and explored Austria together). Isn’t it funny how internet friendships begin? When Erin and her sister visited Russia (why didn’t I go!) for a sister vacation (oh, that’s why), she fulfilled one of her pipe dreams. You can’t live a dream unless you make it happen. So Erin did. Erin’s cool. Do what Erin did. You can’t live a dream...
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12 Stages of Book-Lovers Grief

12 Stages of Book-Lovers Grief

Readers know it. If you read an amazing book or series, when it’s finished, you feel like the richness of life has drained away…full out grief. What. Is. Life. And suddenly I’m grappling with the twelve stages of grief. What? It’s only five? Well, it sure as heck it feels like TWELVE. Book-lovers grief is no joke. denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance? HA.   12 Stages of Book-Lovers Grief 1. Reading slower because you can feel that the pages are becoming...
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Tourist vs. Traveler

The words “tourist” and “traveler” are not interchangeable. If you travel or want to travel, you probably have an ideal plan of how you want to see your destination. Maybe an all-expenses-paid tour? A food-focused trip? A DIY meandering? Each word defines a certain way of traveling, and they’re not the same. A couple of weeks ago (on my most recent travel), I had just seated myself at the table for the evening’s fine dining experience after exchanging greetings with...
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Welcome to Buena Vista, Colorado

Welcome to Buena Vista, Colorado! This is the space where I allowed my soul to catch up with my body (aka got over jetlag). After thirteen months in Europe, I wanted a sanctuary for my first landing in the USA. Buena Vista, Colorado, offered such beauty. Buena Vista, Colorado, is the best place for the soul to catch up with body #jetlag Click To Tweet Mountains, trails, food, views, and an eccentric movie collection. If you have the option, I suggest you rent...
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April Break: Be Back Soon!

Friends, I didn’t really mean to take April off, but I think this is what needs to happen. You see, I’m in the midst of a huge transition, and I want to be completely and totally present with the people I’m with right now. It’s one of the best gifts I can give. But I haven’t forgotten this tiny space of inter-web. I have a lot of ideas bouncing around my head. I’m hoping to do some tidying around here....
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Is Circumcision Normal?

I just Google-searched “European penis” and then shook my head into my hands. Everyone knows not to search sexual terms, and No, Google, I don’t want to know the average size of European penises.  What I wanted to know was the averages on circumcision versus un-circumcision. I re-specified my search, and I made some interesting discoveries. But we’ll get to those. Because this is all about cultural clash. I’m American (if you didn’t already know), and circumcision is just the...
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10 Tricks to Leading Cross-Cultural Childcare

Two months ago, I filled out a volunteer form, and the in the experience section, I bragged that I was the “baby whisperer aka basically good with kids.” Friends, if you ever brag, make sure it’s not an empty brag. The leadership of this event (for which I planned to volunteer) asked me if I would consider leading the children’s program. If you don’t think that’s a daunting task, let me tell you a bit more. 7 different countries. Ages...
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I’ll Be Home For Christmas…maybe next year

It’s Christmas eve, but I promise it doesn’t feel like it to me. Over the last few weeks, I’ve watched the Advent candles be lit. The candle of hope. The candle of peace. The candle of love. The candle of joy. And now, tonight, the Christ candle. The center point of the season, where Biblical legend meets modern reality. A time to celebrate and remember that God’s son came to earth for us. [Pause. Go to Noisetrade here, and listen...
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