Brave for Spain’s Sake


I think it’s rare in this world to feel so purely at home in somewhere across the globe from where you were born. I think it’s rare, and I also think it’s remarkable. The small city of Granada, Spain evokes that feeling of home so deep inside myself that I can’t separate my soul from […]

New York, New Mistakes


“You know you can come home.” “Thanks, Dad.” “Really.  You can always come back here. Regroup.  Go out again when you feel ready.” “Dad. There’s nothing for me at home.”  I said the word home because, to my dad, home meant Utah.  To me, I still hadn’t found my definition of home yet.  Home felt […]

Braving the Snow Drifts of Watson Lake Canada


  Braving the Snow Drifts of Watson Lake Canada By Jennifer Calvin               The beautiful scenery of Watson Lake in the Yukon Territory of Canada was hidden beneath the quiet blanket of whispery snow. My mother and I had awoken to the snow blinding whiteness. It was early October and very near the point […]

Carry-On/Carry On in the USA


Carry-On/Carry On by Sarah Vedomske             49 pounds of cotton and denim–that is what my checked bag, my Normal People Luggage, holds. It is a selection of clothing I’ve pained over for weeks, whittling down, rolling tighter and tighter like burritos, rearranging so every last gap is filled like a game of Tetris. I wheel […]

#RedCarpet Ready with @United #FilmFriendly #Oscars

united red carpet

Thank you to United Airlines for inviting me to see the glamour of the OSCARS tomorrow! I will be sharing from the bleachers with FIVE other amazing writers! Follow these accounts below to enjoy what we will be seeing! United Airlines is the official airline sponsor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences […]

The Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica is Fantastic!

krista chef Yousef Ghalaini Lisa Niver Fairmont Miramar Fig Restaurant

The Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica is fantastic! I loved my stay in the Presidential Suite Bungalow One. Enjoy these photos and videos and make a plan to see it yourself very soon. From theFairmont Miramar website: “The moment you arrive at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows you will notice the magical transformation that has […]

American Girls


American Girls By Courtney Lund “Let’s go!” I said. We were off on our road trip around America.             Kelly, my college best friend, and I were twenty-two and recent college graduates. The real world full of eight-hour days, cubicles, and office meetings was a far off place that we weren’t ready to partake in. […]

Glacier Bay, USA: a magnificent and inspiring place


There are few places that have had such an effect on me like Glacier Bay did. It is one of those places that is best appreciated by being silent, and letting the impressiveness of the glacier sink in. Describing this magnificent place is truly difficult, as words cannot describe the inspiration and awe that it […]

Are you ready for a WIDE OPEN WORLD?

WIDE-OPEN WORLD by John Marshall

Enjoy this excerpt from the Prologue of the book WIDE-OPEN WORLD by John Marshall. Copyright © 2015 by John Marshall. Reprinted by arrangement with Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved. From inside the Human Kitchen, I watched the spider monkeys begin to arrive. They […]

Christmas in Alaska


It is approximately 4,200 miles from Houston, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska. That translates to more than 70 hours in a vehicle if you’re going on land. For me, it meant a mere twelve hours in airports and two plane rides. Fortunately for me, the return trip waited two weeks from my initial flight. Being born and raised in […]