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Road Trip: A Slave’s Life

I wonder how many people have tried to imagine what a life of slavery must have been like. I have been confronted with slavery on numerous occasion, if you have read my other post you will remember that the most visceral for me was my visit to  Ghana. But even before I started blogging I […]

Evergreen Plantation

Road Tripping: Back to the Plantation (Louisiana)

The day was dreary, which I guess was befitting the mood of finding oneself going back to the plantation.  I sound like a runaway, but I was actually running towards the  plantation, several in fact.  The south has many antebellum mansions restored to their former glory. It is often a favorite pastime of Americans to […]

I Am

I AM…

So one of my journeys this year has involved a large amount of personal growth, and one of the most profound things I learned about was the power of the words “I Am”; at least it was profound to me. If you are a person of faith, I imagine that I don’t have to tell you […]

Mission Concepcion

On Getting Religion TX-Style (pt 1)

So it’s no secret the south is a pretty religious part of the country; they don’t call it the Bible belt for nothing! So Texas was probably as good a place as any to find religion. I am not talking about finding God (He’s been a part of my life for a lot of years). […]

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Word on the Street (The Bay Area)

There are three things about the book, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, that I absolutely adore: (1) all of the travel, which was a feast for the part of me that consumes adventure like it is truly my last great meal, (2) the notion of “il dolce far niente” which are the perfect words (in Italian – no […]

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Home at Last…

It’s been a while… again. But this time I have an incredible excuse. About a month ago my laptop died and somehow blogging seems less sexy when on the small screen of my iPhone. Oh, and I am settling into my new job and figuring out this casual carpool scenario. Oh, and I hit my […]

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Horses, Castles, and KFC???

My journey begins at last! I feel like I have been talking about it for so long that it hardly seems real that it is finally here. I am hoping to be able to get out of my own way and live in the moments that I will be creating in the coming months. Hopefully, […]

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The Foodie Travel Challenge

Like most Americans I probably watch more television than I should, and like most Americans most of it is reality. But instead of being mystified by the drama of those almost famous for doing nothing, I can usually be caught watching the antics of my favorite guy Andrew Zimmern. That guy will eat anything and I am amazed at his […]

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Thoughts On Becoming Unbound

A lot of the people out there travel blogging seem to be mid-twenty somethings with a pack on their back and $5 in their pocket. I admire the people that graduated from college and instead of joining the corporate rat race packed a bag and left to see the world. The fact that most of […]

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Americas National Parks

“Leave it as it is. Man can do nothing to improve upon it.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt     This country is gloriously beautiful. What America lacks in age it makes up for in natural beauty. The most amazing thing for me was how the discovery of the vast beauty native to the United […]

Blog: All the Many Layers

I hope that it isn’t bad form to publish someone else’s words, I mean literally word for word. If it is, then I owe the author an apology.  I had thought about paraphrasing what I had read, but didn’t find any words that would convey any better the emotions that overwhelmed me when I read this piece.  I […]

The Cruise Ship

RX for a Chill Pill…

…Take a Cruise!      I love active vacations. I am usually the one going somewhere I’ve never been and doing my best to explore every nook and cranny of the new and interesting place. I like nothing better than to see all of the tourist attractions, get off the beaten path, people watch in […]

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Nostalgia: My First Time…(Italy)

I always think of Italy as “he”, probably because he is bold, soulful, passionate, and confident (just like I like my men). So it was serendipitous that my first time was Italy. I was nervous. I had never done anything like this before; I had never been so far away from the familiar. I had […]

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Just Start!

My sister told me to do it; she said to just start. I am a big fan of quotes, and on the heels of her encouragement, I found this: “Great people do things before they are ready. They do things before they know they can do it.” – Amy Poehler I guess I couldn’t ignore […]

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