5 Reasons NOT to Travel

Not many blogs today are going to discourage any readers from traveling, but, though I believe in the power and importance of cross-cultural experiences and travel, sometimes we need to check our motives. This post is a follow-up to my last, "5 Reasons to Travel" (sorry I didn't post this a week later like I originally said...first... Continue Reading →

5 Reasons to Travel

[I will follow up next week on this post with “5 Reasons Not to Travel;” I figured I’d begin on a positive note.] It's like everyone travels these days. There are a billion travel blogs; a billion travel agents or booking sites trying to offer some special deal on hotels, flights, or vacation; a billion exotic... Continue Reading →

What to Read, Where to Go?

Need ideas? It's the end of summer. Perhaps you're back in the office daydreaming about next summer's dream vacation rather than the work in front of you. You have Travelocity or Travelzoo bookmarked in your browser. You're skimming travel photos, imagining the perfect adventure. You have the most epic travel playlist on Spotify. You’ve been... Continue Reading →

Guatemala and Big (Personal) News

Last spring, during Semana Santa, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Antigua, Guatemala... ...with my fiancee, Elena! Yes, it has been difficult for me to post as frequently as I'd like because of some crazy (awesome) life events including proposing to my amazing fiancee and transitioning back to the United States to continue teaching... Continue Reading →

Deep breaths…

It's a simple playlist, only sixteen songs right now. My thinking music. My deep breathing, deep contemplating music. My centering music. It's playing in the background right now. I invite you to join in my thoughtful reveries: a pipe and thoughts   Every life is a universe. Every step opens new worlds, new realities and... Continue Reading →

Saying Goodbye (and Understanding Home)

Home is one of the most powerful motifs I've ever found in literature or theology.  In my senior's English Literature class we're reading Robinson Crusoe (I needed something in our textbook that would hold their attention amidst senioritis better than old poetry they couldn't understand--remember, English isn't their first language). At the beginning of the story... Continue Reading →

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