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Pura Vida, or Reflections on “The Good Life”

by Vanessa Blakeslee

Since 2008, the year I originally wrote this essay as part of my application for the Gift of Freedom Award, the conversation about the challenges women writers face in the literary arts has only grown more heated—the VIDA count revealing women writers getting published and reviewed at disproportionate numbers compared to male authors, women stepping forward and sharing their personal stories about misogyny, abuse, even rape. 1,998 more words

Sister Sirens

How Traveling Taught Me That Happiness Is Created Not Found

Growing up in a little suburban bubble, there are certain things I took for granted. Things like having a pool across my house, attending an expensive private school, and getting a car at 16 years old. 647 more words



Went to ocean cove campsite for 4 days and ended up with 50lbs of fillets. Alot of undersized lingcod and black rockfish. Weather was choppy. Kayaks are Hobie Lunia. 8 more words

November 16th / Day in Costa Rica

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Definitely one of the bests decisions I’ve ever made in my life. This place’s amazing.

1. I am grateful because I made friend with some of the surf instrucors here. 124 more words


Puravida Bracelets

Pura Vida or Pure Life, is about being free and living life to the fullest; it is an attitude. Pura Vida is a lifestyle representing the simple things in life. 239 more words


So You Wanna Come For A Visit?

Visits always give pleasure — if not the arrival, the departure. ~Portuguese Proverb

Living in Costa Rica has it’s ups and downs but one of the great things about living in such a beautiful, tropical paradise is that friends and family want to come and visit you!  561 more words


Le Parcel Women's Monthly Box Subscription Review

So. Le Parcel is a women’s period monthly subscription box that I wanted to try out. Except that shortly after signing up with them, I found Bonjour Jolie, a seemingly… 416 more words

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