Gems in Germany

Rain greeted me my first day in Europe! For years I planned to loose my European virginity in England, but Germany won the prize. Looking out during the final 30 minutes of the flight I was in awe of the landscape. Nothing but shades upon shades of green and as we landed, rain, pouring rain.…

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The Burger, The Cathedral and The Croissant!

The Burger Isn’t she beautiful? Don’t dare ask me where I was when I ate this burger, all I know is that I was in Strasbourg France, we somehow stepped out of the car into a monsoon, and this was the closest cover. Soaking wet, slightly unnerved, but also hungry, we sat down in a…

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A Day In Bastogne

Bastogne War Museum Crossed three countries, broke the speed limit at well over a hundred miles per hour everywhere possible, car sick from all of the curves and turns, but I arrived alive. Don’t ask me for directions, I closed my eyes above 90 mph and didn’t open them until the car stopped. I also…

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My Emotional Outlet

Yesterday someone asked me what satisfaction I get out of blogging when the goal of most bloggers is social media status and temporary internet fame. I thought about it for a while and asked myself the same question, what satisfaction do I get out of blogging? The answer is simple, yet complicated, blogging is an…

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Desert Botanical Garden

One never thinks of the desert as a place where you would enjoy or even find a botanical garden, well The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix awaits. Not only is the garden full of surprises, it has information along each trail about the plants you are seeing, and how they grow and thrive in such…

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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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