Now Let’s Hike

Ok. Now that the kiddies have been settled and watered, everyone has gone to the bathroom, sunscreen and bug spray applied, its time to actually get out and enjoy the hike. The El Tovar trail provides options for all types of hikers, it also provides a smoother path to accommodate wheelchairs and also strollers. This…

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Before You Hit The Trail!

Visiting national parks is a great way to spend your summer days. There is nothing better than the great outdoors to improve your mental health, enrich friendships, and spend uninterrupted quality time with your family. Before you get in the car and take the drive, here are a few tips that can save you a…

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Arizona Loading

I planned to be organized, intentional, focused and write little blurbs summarizing each day. Though my intentions were genuine, the reality is that it didn’t always happen. First of all I was simply not prepared for the beauty of Arizona. I thought it would be hot, dry, brown, and the real beauty would be seen…

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What The Pho Phoenix!

Who would think temperatures in the hundreds would welcome a hot steaming, spicy, sour bowl of Pho? The weather in Phoenix has me reminiscing on the summer I spent in Egypt 10 years ago. The sun is simply spectacular but your skin sizzles as temperatures peak in the early evening upwards of 110 degrees. As…

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Dominica, Not The Dominican Republic

No, I have nothing against the Dominican Republic but so many people are unaware that the beautiful unspoiled small island of Dominica exists. Dominica sits between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. If you are cruising on one of the smaller ships Dominica is a sweet stop I would highlight recommend. This is not…

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God Bless The Graduates

As we spread the word about mental illness this month, start with those you love, especially the children. Are they ok? Have you seen drastic changes in their behavior, excessive sleeping, sadness or withdrawal from activities they love? Working in a high school has provided me with the opportunity to understand the complexity of the…

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Beach Bum & Bellows

  Bellows Air Force Station sits on picturesque Waimanalo beach, but it is hidden to the naked eye if you aren’t a service member or don’t know its location. Seems like this portion of the beach is military property but I am not certain, all I know is that it is an amazing post if…

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Illusions of Beauty

What is beauty? Some say it’s in the eye of the beholder, the structure of your face, the placement of each inherited character trait.  Some find beauty in the shape of the eyes, the color of skin, fullness of lips, texture of hair but what are our eyes really seeing? Surface level beauty, we are…

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Olympics and Olive Oil!

I know what comes to mind when you think of the Olympics, athletics, athletes, different flags and faces from all over the world. But do we really stop and think about the scene of the first Olympics? I know what I had envisioned in my mind and what was actually explained was in no way…

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