November 5th

Bare trees with branches, tentacle-like, grasp. Exposed bark. Leaves cling to a few oaks, green tinged with yellow, orange, brown. There is a difference between being alone and being lonely. God has given us nature to surround us and wrap us like a garment, and I have had only a few moments of electrifying clarityContinue reading “November 5th”

Poetry: Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road”

  First of all, can we just acknowledge how cool Walt Whitman looks? I mean, like the original mountaineer hipster guy. Okay good, glad you agree. I first came across Whitman in college quite by accident. I honestly can’t remember how I found his poem “Song of the Open Road,” but it was while compilingContinue reading “Poetry: Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road””

Adventure: Reflection and Looking Ahead

  Seven years ago today I embarked on an incredibly transformative life-adventure: backpacking through Europe by myself for 3.5 months as a freshly graduated 22 year old. I spent time journaling and reflecting this morning. Here’s today’s entry: January 14 [2017]: On this day seven years ago I flew from St. Louis to Dublin. ThatContinue reading “Adventure: Reflection and Looking Ahead”

Everyday Adventure

{I feel like every post lately starts with an apology. Here’s my last apology but hopefully not my last post for awhile. The reality is that I was a little over-ambitious when I began my blog, not factoring in my schedule (besides being a first-year teacher I’m finishing another degree online). Once my schedule clearsContinue reading “Everyday Adventure”

El Salvador: People and Places (and links to a couple recipes)

I have been a bad blogger the last week or so. Things got busy, and I never really sat down to spend time sharing literature or travels here in El Salvador. Forgive me. But I’m here now! First of all, a couple weekends ago my friend Fernando and I ventured out to La Puerta delContinue reading “El Salvador: People and Places (and links to a couple recipes)”

El Salvador: Juayua, Ataco, El Principito, and Grace

[I missed a post last week, so this is basically a combination of yesterday’s and tomorrow’s posts.] Yesterday I went to las cascadas de Juayua with some friends. We’re in the rainy season here in El Salvador, but if we wait for ideal conditions in life, we’ll sell ourselves woefully short. Thus, we plowed on andContinue reading “El Salvador: Juayua, Ataco, El Principito, and Grace”

El Salvador: Día de la Independencia y La Naturaleza

I didn’t anticipate posting about El Salvador again so soon, but I captured some more great moments that I wanted to share. In El Salvador, Independence Day is September 15th, and this year was the 195th celebration. Despite a turbulent history there is strength, perseverance, and tremendous national pride. My friends (i.e. my second family)Continue reading “El Salvador: Día de la Independencia y La Naturaleza”

El Salvador: My Adventure So Far

“Life itself is a quotation.” -Jorge Luis Borges As stated in my “About Me” page, the purpose of the blog is to share literary posts and resources (especially for my students). However, I’m living in El Salvador and wanted to share some of my experiences so far. There’s so much travel literature that exists, so there’sContinue reading “El Salvador: My Adventure So Far”