“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends” Maya Angelou These days we can only dream of the places we want to see and yearn for the ability to not only leave our… Read More
Near and Far – Experiencing the World
For as long as I can remember, even as a small child, I wanted to travel. I got excited when I heard people speaking different languages or saw people wearing different clothing. The scents and sounds of different cultures and the amazing people embodying those cultures and beliefs that seem to be so different than my own but in reality – are more similar than we care to admit – it all drove in me a hunger to be a part of the larger world outside of my own neighborhood. It did not matter whether it was local, as in other communities in my own state, or other states within the U.S. or even other countries around the globe. The travel bug bit me hard early and often. In this section, I want to share my love of travel by taking you on some of the trips and adventures that I have had as well as share some things I have learned about traveling in general whether it is on a budget, traveling solo, traveling with a companion, traveling around the world or just viewing the world from my own backyard. I have not traveled as much as I would like to but I certainly intend to continue doing so every chance I get. Travel awakens so many of our senses and refreshes our view of the world. We realize where we fit in this world and how fortunate we truly are to experience it. I love not only my own experiences but also hearing about the experiences of others and hope that those reading this blog will share their experiences as well.
Yes, we are adjusting to life as it is now where we are staying at home and not doing many of the things that we enjoy doing. That is a good thing because it keeps us and others safe and healthy. It is nonetheless difficult because the days seem to meld into each other and soon a new routine has… Read More
I have often spoken about a young woman named Chiddy who has been a mentee of mine for what seems like forever. Not only are we very close but I have been close to her family in Nigeria as well for all these many years. Not too long ago I sent Chiddy several of my shirts to share with her… Read More
A visit to Cuba is not a vacation but a journey – a journey to a country frozen in time. The clock stopped in 1959 when the dictator Fulgencio Batista and his supporters finally fled from Cuba and another dictator, Fidel Castro moved into power. The resulting political fallout worldwide, including here in the USA, brought the country to a… Read More
I wanted to do something special and romantic for my husband while we were in Thailand as part of our trip through Southeast Asia to our 10th wedding anniversary. We are so grateful to have found each other and have this time together that I could not let this milestone pass without marking it in a way that would be memorable.
You cannot appreciate the land without appreciating the people of that land. Each and every one of people we met, from the youngest to the elderly, had a great respect for the land and its inhabitants. When we were out in the bush surrounded by the beauty of the land, we listened with our hearts and senses to every single… Read More