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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a Unique Way

February 8, 2018 1 Comment »

Valentines Day

When I was a kid I loved this time of year; the 2nd week of February holds a special place in my heart.  After all, Valentine’s Day and my birthday fall just a couple of days apart! So much attention in one week was pretty exciting as a kid. My mother would always make me […]

Feeding the Masses in Puente Piedra

November 11, 2014 5 Comments »

lima market

Three times every day 50+ people sit down at wooden tables with colorful plastic plates piled high with food at Project Peru, the refuge my niece and I had been volunteering at outside of Lima for a week. I knew it was no easy process to put food on those plates every day, as kids […]

Building Homes in Las Laderas Peru

November 4, 2014 11 Comments »

Las Laderas

The hills of Las Laderas were brown and barren of trees, however they were dotted with little colorful cubes representing simple houses. Josue told me many of these houses built into the hills were filled with single mothers which immediately made my heart sink. The homes were very simple, some made of brick, some of […]

Project Peru

October 28, 2014 3 Comments »

volunteering in Lima

How do you find good, legitimate volunteering opportunities when you travel? I get this question all the time and like most things in life – it takes some work and some luck. When Megan said she wanted to spend some time volunteering abroad I was overjoyed. I was excited to do a volunteer project again […]

Tuesday Wednesday Poiday Friday

April 15, 2014 5 Comments »

poi making kauai hawaii

“I’ve been coming to poi day since 2001, “ his eyes crinkled in a smile as he fiddled with his fishing net, “I like to come meet people and talk story.” Charlie said. ‘Uncle’ Charlie was one of many old timers I met who showed up every Thursday to make poi as part of a […]

Protecting Hawaii from Invasive Tourism

December 17, 2013 3 Comments »

volunteer hawaii

The sweat was rolling down my face as I stared intently at the green leaf. Did it meet the criteria? I picked up my example leaf and placed it next to the one that held my gaze. I compared it – were the points of the leaves the same? Was the stem the same? The […]

Teaching in the Past, Present, and Future Tense

June 25, 2013 13 Comments »

chair

My computer blurts out a tone that tells me I have a Facebook chat message, “Shit!” I mumble – I get mad at myself as I realize that somehow my chat got turned on again unknowingly (damn technology) and now I was going to get sidetracked from writing. When I clicked over prepared to ignore […]

The Purrfect Sanctuary in Lanai

November 16, 2012 16 Comments »

We use the expression “herding cats” to refer to refers to an attempt to control or organize a group which is uncontrollable or chaotic.  It depicts something difficult, challenging, and nearly impossible.  However on the island of Lana’i “herding cats” is common place – and the volunteers of Lana’i Animal Rescue Center (LARC) make it […]

Holy Heat Worship

January 19, 2011 14 Comments »

Fireplace

Jordanians, no matter what God they believe in, all huddle around it worshiping the black metal God. There’s one in every house I’ve been to…and it always seems to be the center of attention. It’s the most used appliance in Jordan’s homes. Ladies and gentlemen…I bring you the gas heater. Let me shatter a stereotype […]

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