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    SpaghettiEis and Brandenburg in Germany

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

      SpaghettiEis and Brandenburg               Have you ever wanted to travel to Europe? Think of all the wonders of Europe – Paris, Madrid, Berlin. Berlin is empowering, industrial, beautiful, and cultural. You will stand in front of the Brandenburg Gate and feel all the history dawn on you. You will step foot on where […]

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    People of Panama

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    When we’re in middle school, life seems to be ever-lasting. We are care-free, blissfully unaware of anything other than our immediate surroundings. We are, effectively, trapped by our own developing brains that are beginning the search for identity and meaning and leaving very little to be concerned about other’s. Middle schoolers are selfish. They talk […]

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    Pompeii, Italy

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    I sit under a pillar of a city turning to ruin. Pompeii. How I wish I could’ve seen the people roaming around the common, the smiles and laughter. My mother trusts me enough  to sit here without causing too much trouble, being the boisterous son I am. The longer I sit here the more I […]

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    Five Great Holiday Activities You’ve Never Considered

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    Five Great Holiday Activities You’ve Never Considered Do you have a thirst for adventure and contempt for convention when you travel? If the thought of lounging around on a beach for two weeks fills you with revulsion, panic not: there are alternatives. Whether you want to sculpt your body, hone your intellect or nail a […]

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    A Step Outside the Carribean

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

                     I stared out the plane window into the heart of Port Au Prince, Haiti. As I stared at the buildings, my mind flooded back to the trip to India when I was seven and the many mission trips we had been on to Romania. I was thankful for having […]

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    Brave for Spain’s Sake

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    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 […]

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    New York, New Mistakes

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    “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 […]

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    Heaven The Place Of God in India

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

     “Heaven”—is what I cannot reach! Heaven is something which can’t work on expression It is something which is not making enemies It means we have to work in all seasons It is the work in which we have to work in a nice vision And not thinking like putting in everyone mind our impression It’s […]

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    Reimagine yourself in Machu Picchu, Peru

    Monday, February 23, 2015

    We all know them.  Those people that say, “I’ll do it when…..” fill in the blank.  When I have more money.  When my kids are grown.  When I have more time.  When I am older.  And that phenomenal thing called time occurs and suddenly it is too late and all we have is “I wish […]

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    Braving the Snow Drifts of Watson Lake Canada

    Monday, February 23, 2015

      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 […]

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Feb
26

SpaghettiEis and Brandenburg in Germany

  SpaghettiEis and Brandenburg               Have you ever wanted to travel to Europe? Think of all the wonders of Europe – Paris, Madrid, Berlin. Berlin is empowering, industrial, beautiful, and cultural. You will stand in front of the Brandenburg Gate and feel all the history dawn on you. You will step foot on where […]

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Feb
26

People of Panama

When we’re in middle school, life seems to be ever-lasting. We are care-free, blissfully unaware of anything other than our immediate surroundings. We are, effectively, trapped by our own developing brains that are beginning the search for identity and meaning and leaving very little to be concerned about other’s. Middle schoolers are selfish. They talk […]

Read More
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Feb
25

Pompeii, Italy

I sit under a pillar of a city turning to ruin. Pompeii. How I wish I could’ve seen the people roaming around the common, the smiles and laughter. My mother trusts me enough  to sit here without causing too much trouble, being the boisterous son I am. The longer I sit here the more I […]

Read More
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Feb
25

A Step Outside the Carribean

                 I stared out the plane window into the heart of Port Au Prince, Haiti. As I stared at the buildings, my mind flooded back to the trip to India when I was seven and the many mission trips we had been on to Romania. I was thankful for having […]

Read More
2015-01-27_54c71fc743eb3_loscohorros.jpg
Feb
25

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 […]

Read More
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Feb
24

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 […]

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They Said

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Feb
15

Take Me Back to the Forest: Algonquin Park, Canada

It’s the scent of the place that keeps bringing me back, that lulls and haunts my memory when I am away from it. Miles of densely packed pine trees, woven and stitched together like a thick army: a force like that can’t help but emit not ripples but waves of their earthy perfume, rich and […]

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Feb
15

Here in America, What’s Outside Your Window?

Perhaps it is fitting that we celebrate the beautiful places to travel in America alongside the 50th anniversary of our nation’s War on Poverty. From the hill of an Appalachian farm, to the cellar of an abandoned metropolis, we have all witnessed two Americas in which we live. Yes, we can choose to ignore the […]

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Feb
15

Blue Like Desire: An excerpt from Love At The Speed Of Email

In Love At The Speed Of Email, two humanitarian workers defy the uncertainties of distance and the isolation of working in some of the world’s most remote and challenging corners to build a long distance relationship entirely via email. As they risk love, the narrator struggles to better understand the legacies of her nomadic childhood […]

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Feb
15

Maratua, Indonesia- I’ve Found My Peace

Being an 8 to 5 worker in this young age totally ruined my happiness. I felt very alienated every time I wake up in the morning. Then suddenly an idea came up in my mind. I must go. Then i packed up my things and took my first step outside home. That was 3 years […]

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Nov
21

Yemen: To Go or Not To Go?

Article first published as Yemen: To Go or Not To Go? on Technorati. Yemen has been on my mind lately with the recent intercepted mail bomb, the attack on the USS Cole and the book, The Woman Who Fell from the Sky in the news.  I was scheduled to travel to Aden, Yemen, in 2001 as senior assistant Cruise […]

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Nov
14

Elephant Safaris in Sri Lanka

Article first published as Elephant Safaris in Sri Lanka on Technorati. For this teardrop shaped country with a landmass of relatively small size, Sri Lanka boasts diverse flora and fauna over 14 principle national parks and reserves.  Of these locations, the following are worthy to view wildlife: Bundala, Gal Oya, Kaudulla, Minneriya, Sinharaja Forest reserve, Uda Walawe, […]

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Nov
7

A Meaningful Life: In memory of Marsha Wachtell

Article first published as A Meaningful Life on Technorati. Last Sunday on a beautiful sunny day in Simi Valley at Marsha Wachtell’s funeral, her spirit and connections were evident as many of the over 500 people present commented on her positive outlook and how she never complained or focused on having an incurable disease. She continued to […]

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Oct
31

Spirit of Adventure

Article first published as Spirit of Adventure on Technorati. Last Sunday, I woke up and wanted an adventure. When I am in another country, “Adventure” with a capital A is always right around the corner. I knew if I tried I could find an adventure in the big city of Los Angeles. In the movie, Up, […]

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